The Cincinnati Bengals may not have opened the season the way we all would have hoped, but they do have the chance to put behind their shutout loss quickly. The Bengals will be hosting the Houston Texans Thursday night. Here is everything you need to know for the game.
Game: Houston Texans (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
Date/Time: Thursday, September 14th, 2017 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Series Leader: Texans lead 6-4
Streak: Texans have won six of the last seven meetings.
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (4-6), Bill O’Brien (2-1)
TV Broadcast: NFL Network: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Chris Collinsworth (analyst), Heather Cox (sideline reporter). Simulcast on WLWT-TV.
Radio Broadcast: WCKY-AM (1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7)
Texans SB Nation: Battle Red Blog
Weather: partly cloudy and 68 degrees with 2% chance of rain [NFL Weather]
Odds: Bengals opened as a 3-point favorite. [Vegas Insider]
Uniforms: Color Rush
- Quarterback Andy Dalton has had his struggles with the Texans over his career. Dalton has only beaten the Texans once out of the five times they have met, including two Wild Card games. Dalton has thrown a total of three touchdowns and seven interceptions against the Texans. He is 131 of 214 (61.0 percent) for 1,271 yards (211.8 yards per game)
- Wide receiver A.J. Green has played five games against the Texans. He has never caught a touchdown in any of those games. The Bengals lone win against the Texans came in 2014, and Green had his best game with 12 catches for 121 yards. In the four other games, Green has recorded 20 catches for 253 yards (63.25 yards per game).
- Running back Giovani Bernard has carried the ball 25 times for 81 yards (3.24) while catching seven passes for 65 yards (9.29) in two games against the Texans.
- Bengals who have scored Touchdowns against the Texans during the Dalton-era include Brandon LaFell, Jerome Simpson, Cedric Benson, Leon Hall (pick six), Jeremy Hill, Mohamed Sanu and Dalton.
- Geno Atkins recorded a safety against the Texans during the Bengals win by tackling Alfred Blue in the endzone.
- The Texans long time kicker Randy Bullock is kicking for the Bengals now.
- The Texans will be starting their third quarterback against the Bengals since Dalton and Green were drafted. Tom Savage is reportedly getting the nod over rookie Deshaun Watson.
- The Texans have made the playoffs four of the last five seasons. They have never surpassed the divisional round.
- The only other team the Texans have beat in the playoffs were the Raiders last year. The Raiders were without starting quarterback Derek Carr.
- Cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who is in his 12th season, is a former Bengals’ first round pick. He spent his first five years in Cincinnati.
- The Texans only allowed 19.6 points per game last year. They also allowed the third lowest yards per game (310.2).
- DeAndre Hopkins failed to reach 1,000 yards last season after reaching that milestone the past two seasons. He also only recorded four touchdowns. Hopkins also caught Watson’s first touchdown pass last week.
- The Texans offensive line gave up 10 sacks in their season opener to the Jacksonville. They lost that game 29-7. The Jaguars stripped the Texans’ quarterbacks twice including one returned for a touchdown.
- The Texans allowed 155 yards rushing including allowing rookie running back Leonard Fournette to reach 100 yards and a touchdown. They also didn’t create a single turnover in Week 1.