Game: Houston Texans (2-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)
Series Leader: Cincinnati Bengals: 3-1
Streak: Texans won last game
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 2-1. Kubiak: 1-0
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Don Criqui, Randy Cross. SIRIUS: 154 (Hou.), 121 (Cin.). XM: 107 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Battle Red Blog
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Sunny with a high of 54 degrees [Weather.com]
Television Coverage: If the Bengals sellout, then southwest Ohio and parts of Northern Kentucky and most of the state of Texas and parts of the surrounding states.  Note: If the Bengals aren't shown locally because of the blackout, then the most likely game that replaces it is the Ravens at Vikings (not a bad replacement).
Last time both teams met: October 26, 2008. Bengals 6 at Texans 35. Houston WR Andre Johnson has 11 catches for 143 yards and WR Kevin Walter catches 2 TDs (7, 39) as Texans win 3rd straight game.
Last game between teams in Cincinnati: October 2, 2005. Bengals 16, Texans 10. Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer passes for 276 yards and a TD. Shayne Graham kicks 3 FGs and RB Rudi Johnson adds 88 rushing yards.
Final note before we go into a bunch more notes: The Houston Texans were the first of two teams to lose to Cincinnati during the epic 2-14 season in 2002.
- Dating back to December 14, 2008, the Bengals have won seven of their past eight games .
- Cincinnati looks to go 5-1 for the first since 2005.
- When playing the Texans at home, Cincinnati is 2-0.
- In the last two minutes of the past three games, Carson Palmer has completed 16 of 28 passes for 153 yards passing, two game-winning touchdowns and a passer rating of 96.3.
- With 254 yards passing, Palmer will reach 17,000 career yards passing.
- Dating back to December 21, 2008, Cedric Benson leads the NFL with 769 yards rushing on 147 carries (4.4 yards-per-rush).
- Benson is averaging 97.7 yards rushing in games that he's recorded 20 carries or more -- his teams are 9-1-1.
- Since 2002, Chad Ochocinco ranks second in the NFL with 8,928 yards receiving -- second to Torry Holt's 9,180.
- Andre Caldwell has two game-winning touchdowns this season.
- Antwan Odom needs .5 sacks to surpass his career high eight in 2007.
- If Johnathan Joseph records an interception Sunday, it'll be his fourth interception in four straight games. He'll be the first to achieve that since Deltha O'Neal had four in a row in 2005.
- Texans aim for second consecutive wins over the Bengals.
- In his past four games, quarterback Matt Schaub has passed for 300 yards or more three times with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions for a 107.4 passer rating.
- The last time Schaub faced the Bengals, he completed 24 of 28 passes for 280 yards passing, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 144.0.
- When Schaub records a passer rating of 100 or better, his club is 8-3.
- Running back Chris Brown recorded his first rushing touchdown of the year last week.
- Andre Johnson looks to record 100 yards receiving in three straight games on the road (149, 101).
- Kevin Walter spend three seasons with Cincinnati (2003-2005).
- Tight End Owen Daniels recorded season highs with eight receptions and 94 yards receiving.
- The last time Mario Williams played the Bengals, he recorded a sack and forced fumble.
- Rookie linebacker Brian Cushing leads the team with 39 tackles; second among NFL rookies.
|Total||335.4 (18th)||349.0 (11th)|
|Scoring||20.2 (t-20th)||23.0 (12th)|
|Passing||208.8 (20th)||273.6 (5th)|
|Passing TDs||7 (t-12th)||10 (t-2nd)|
|Rushing||126.6 (9th)||75.4 (30th)|
|Rushing TDs||4 (t-12th)||2 (t-24th)|
|Total||327.6 (17th)||363.0 (t-23rd)|
|Scoring||18.0 (t-9th)||24.0 (22nd)|
|Passing||228.8 (23rd)||222.2 (16th)|
|Passing TDs||5 (t-8th)||5 (t-8th)|
|Rushing||98.8 (12th)||140.8 (26th)|
|Rushing TDs||3 (t-9th)||9 (32nd)|
|Sacks||14 (t-4th)||6 (t-27th)|
|QB Rating||82.0 (12th)||83.7 (16th)|
|20-Yard Passes Allowed||20 (32nd)||14 (t-17th)|
|Interceptions||4 (t-9th)||2 (t-25th)|
|Kickoff Return||21.1 (24th)||25.7 (5th)|
|Punt Return||13.1 (4th)||12.5 (t-6th)|
|Punting (Net)||36.4 (28th)||39.3 (t-14th)|
|Punts Inside the 20||11 (t-4th)||7 (t-15th)|
2009 STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
|Attempts / Game||22.2||t-1st|
CAREER AGAINST HOUSTON