The Houston Texans strike first on Sunday after Neil Rackers converts a 46-yard field goal, giving the bad guys a three-point lead early in the first quarter. Following another mediocre Brandon Tate 19-yard return on the kickoff, Cedric Benson finally becomes the team's featured component, following an effective possession on Cincinnati's first drive of the game, picking up a first down on 11 yards rushing on back-to-back runs.
Following a no-gain on a screen to the right, Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap on second down and floats the football down the left sideline where Jerome Simpson adjusted, turned around and out-jumped the secondary for the 21-yard reception and another first down.
Cedric Benson then exploded for his biggest gain of the season. A massive lane developed on the right where Benson easily exploded through the line of scrimmage, sprinting down the right sidelines for a 42-yard gain to the Texans one-yard line where Daniel Manning saved the touchdown.
And the self-destruction starts. Bobbie Williams is called for a false start and rather than a first and goal from the one-yard line, the Bengals are on Houston's six-yard line where Cedric Benson is tackled for a no-gain. On second down Andy Dalton rolls out right and connects with Andre Caldwell for a short two-yard gain setting up an already critical third down attempt.
Dalton takes the shotgun snap on third and goal from the Texans four-yard line, and tries hitting Caldwell on a slant where Johnathan Joseph nearly picks off the pass (which would have returned for a touchdown).
Mike Nugent converts the chip-shot field goal to tie the game.