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PRIMER: Houston Texans (3-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-0)

All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans.

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GAME: Houston Texans (3-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-0)
Date/Time: Monday, November 16, 8:30 p.m.
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Bengals lead, 4-3
Streak: Texans have won three of the past four
Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: 3-5 (including playoffs). Bill O'Brien: 0-1
TV Broadcast
: ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden.
Radio Broadcast: Bengals radio network. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Hou.), 93 (Cin.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Hou.), 226 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Battle Red Blog (@BattleRedBlog)
Weather: 53 degrees and partly cloudy [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Orange shirts, white pants
Odds: Bengals are 13 point favorites [SB Nation]
Referee: Walt Coleman


  • The Bengals are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.
  • Last week, quarterback Andy Dalton completed 21 of 27 (77.8 pct.) passes for 234 yards with three touchdowns and a 139.8 passer rating (2nd-highest of career).
  • Dalton has a passer rating of 115+ in six of his past eight games overall.
  • In his only career meeting against the Texans, running back Jeremy Hill generated 96 yards from scrimmage (87 rushing, 9 receiving) and a rushing touchdown.
  • Hill has scored four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) in his past 5 games.
  • Running back Giovani Bernard (2,904) needs 96 yards from scrimmage to reach 3,000 in his career.
  • In his past six games, wide receiver A.J. Green has 42 receptions for 594 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
  • Green posted 12 receptions for 121 yards receiving in his last meeting against the Texans.
  • Tight end Tyler Eifert leads the NFL with nine receiving touchdowns.
  • Eifert needs one touchdown to become the first Bengals tight end to reach 10 scores during a single-season in franchise history.
  • Defensive tackle Geno Atkins has a quarterback sack in six of his past eight games, including one last week against the Browns.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2010, Atkins leads all AFC defensive tackles with 38 sacks.
  • Defensive end Carlos Dunlap is tied for second in the NFL with 8.5 sacks and needs 1.5 to surpass his career-high of 9.5 from 2010.


  • In his past five games, quarterback Brian Hoyer has completed 111 of 181 (61.3) passes for 1,345 yards passing with 12 touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 101.6 rating.
  • Hoyer has two or more touchdowns in 5 consecutive games, longest streak in club history.
  • In his past two starts, running back Alfred Blue is averaging 105.5 yards from scrimmage per game with a rushing touchdown.
  • Blue (969) needs 31 yards from scrimmage to reach 1,000 for his career.
  • In past 6 games, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has 52 receptions for 719 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
  • In his past two games, wide receiver Nate Washington has 13 receptions for 201 yards receiving and three touchdowns,
  • Washington aims to record a touchdown reception in three straight games.
  • In his past 13 games, J.J. Watt has 19.5 quarterback sacks (including 2.5 against the Titans last week), three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, safety, seven pass deflections, and a touchdown reception
  • Since entering NFL in 2011, Watt leads the NFL with 65.5 sacks.
  • Linebacker Whitney Mercilus generated a career-high 3.5 sacks last week.


Total 391.1 (6th) 369.4 (9th)
Scoring 28.6 (3rd) 21.8 (20th)
Third Downs 45% (4th) 38% (15th)
Rushing 120.4 (11th) 87.9 (29th)
Rushing TDs 10 (t-4th) 4 (t-21st)
20-Yard Runs 3 (t-24th) 2 (t-31st)
Passing 270.8 (7th) 281.5 (6th)
Passing TDs 18 (t-7th) 16 (11th)
Sacks Allowed 11 (t-4th) 17 (t-14th)
20-yard Passes 35 (4th) 24 (t-25th)
Total 349.1 (12th) 350.9 (14th)
Scoring 17.8 (4th) 25.6 (22nd)
3rd Downs Allowed 36% (9th) 27% (1st)
Rushing 105.0 (14th) 123.5 (27th)
Rushing TDs 3 (t-3rd) 7 (t-20th)
Passing 244.1 (15th) 227.4 (8th)
Passing TDs 10 (t-6th) 16 (t-21st)
Sacks 23 (t-5th) 20 (t-11th)
QB Rating 84.8 (9th) 95.2 (20th)
Interceptions 8 (t-13th) 6 (t-18th)
Kickoff Return 20.5 (29th) 24.9 (8th)
Punt Return 10.4 (t-9th) 7.6 (t-22nd)
Punting (Net) 40.2 (14th) 38.3 (25th)
Punts Inside the 20 16 (t-7th) 13 (t-16th)


Date Stadium Result
11/23/2014 NRG Stadium (Houston, TX) W 22-13
01/05/2013 * Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) L 19-13
01/07/2012 † Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) L 31-10
12/11/2011 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 20-19
10/18/2009 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 28-17
10/26/2008 Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) L 35-6
10/02/2005 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 16-10
11/09/2003 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 34-27
11/03/2002 Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) W 38-3

* 2012 AFC Wild Card Game
† 2011 AFC Wild Card Game