Cincinnati Bengals to eye J.J. Watt when they run, too - ESPN
Among the hoopla surrounding Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, one part of his game that often gets lost is how he plays against the run. Yes, he's a solid pass-rusher. Yes, he gets his hands up well at the line of scrimmage and can knock down or intercept passes. Yes, he can embarrass offensive tackles with his bull-rush moves. And yes, he can score touchdowns as a tight end, too.
As the legend of J.J. Watt continues to grow, it’s interesting to remember how it all started. No, not his timeless 29-yard interception returned for a touchdown in the 2011 AFC Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Houston Texans first playoff win in franchise history.
The second-year running back practiced for a second straight day Thursday when the Bengals went through another workout inside the University of Cincinnati's indoor practice bubble two miles away from Paul Brown Stadium. After spending Wednesday limited, Bernard was upgraded to full practice participation.
Heading into Week 12, the AFC playoff picture is extremely muddled, with five teams being no more than one game out of a postseason spot. The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans find themselves involved in one of Sunday’s most important games, as they battle to win their respective divisions.
The Cincinnati Bengals hold a slim lead in the closest division in football entering Week 12. The Bengals sit atop the AFC North with a 6-3-1 record and have all three division rivals on their heels. In close playoff races every game down the stretch is vital, and running back Jeremy Hill is the key to Cincinnati getting their seventh win of the season this weekend when they travel to face the Houston Texans.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on Wednesday blasted accusations raised in a recent report that contend he and other members of the organization pressured the wife of a former player to call them before the police during alleged incidents of domestic assault that involved her husband. Mercedes Sands, 25, the ex-wife of former Bengals safety Robert Sands, made the accusations in a New York Times article published Monday.
The Houston Texans helped their postseason chances with a win over an AFC North team last week. They'll try do the same on Sunday when they welcome the equally-playoff hopeful Cincinnati Bengals to NRG Stadium. Houston won for only the second time in six games in Week 10, as it came out of its bye with an impressive 23-7 road win over the Cleveland Browns. Ryan Mallett completed 20-of-30 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns in his first start to help the Texans (5-5) pull within a game of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South.
Welcome to “Talking With The Enemy”, a weekly post talking with a blogger from the Houston Texans’ opponent of the week. This week we are talking with David Petrocelli, a Cincinnati Bengals blogger from Stripe Hype. The Bengals are coming off a big win against the New Orleans Saints and come into this week’s game at 6-3-1. Yes, they tied. The Texans are 5-5 coming off their win against Ben Tate‘s former employers, the Cleveland Browns.