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NFL Week 16 Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (3-10-1) at Houston Texans (4-10)

What you need to know for when the Bengals head to Houston to take on the Texans.

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The Bengals are coming off their biggest win of the Zac Taylor era, a win that may have gained their head coach another season as his seat was getting red hot.

No one expected Cincinnati to defeat the Steelers on Monday Night Football, but they don’t get much time to celebrate as they have a short week to prepare for a trip to play the Texans.

These teams have very similar records, but their trips to being one of the bottom teams in the NFL have been very different. Cincinnati is a team trying to end on a high note to build momentum into a very important offseason. They haven’t really been relevant for quite a few seasons, but the hope is a healthy Joe Burrow next season can help get things on track.

Houston has slowly fallen from being a contender. A lot of the blame falls on former head coach Bill O’Brien getting rid of key pieces to this team that has left it looking like a shell of the playoff contender it recently was.

The team and coach parted ways, which gives Bengals fans a chance to get a chance to watch Romeo Crennel a chance to coach his 10th game against the Bengals after previously coaching nine as the Browns’ head coach.

Can the Bengals continue to build momentum at the end of 2020, or will the Texas send Cincinnati home with another loss?

Everything you need to know for when the Bengals take on the Texans:

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (3-10-1) at Houston Texans (4-10)

Date/Time: Dec. 27th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas

Series Leader: The Texans lead the series 6-4

Streak: The Texans have won the past three meetings

Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-0). Romeo Crennel (2-7)

Television: The game will air on FOX-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WXIX-TV (Ch. 19) in Cincinnati, WGRT-TV (Ch. 45) in Dayton, WDKY-TV (Ch. 56) in Lexington, and WTTE-TV (Ch. 28) in Columbus. Broadcasters are Chris Myers (play-by-play), Greg Jennings (analyst) and Jen Hale (reporter).

Online Stream: Use a free trial of fuboTV to watch the game.

Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

SB Nation the Texans’ site: Battle Red Blog

Weather: Low 70’s, partly cloudy [NFL weather]

Odds: Bengals open, +8.5 [Odds Shark]

Bengals notes

  • Quarterback Ryan Finley passed for 89 yards and a touchdown for a career-high 101.1 passer rating, and he rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown in his first-career win as a starter last week.
  • Running back Giovani Bernard had a season-high 97 scrimmage yards (83 rushing and 14 receiving) and two touchdowns last week, his second game with two touchdowns this season. He has 633 scrimmage yards this season (275 receiving and 261 rushing) and is one of two running backs (Frank Gore) with at least 400 scrimmage yards in each of his past eight seasons.
  • Wide receiver Tyler Boyd aims for his third game in a row on the road with 70 receiving yards. Wide receiver A.J. Green aims for his third game in a row with 40 receiving yards. Rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins has five catches and 50 receiving yards in three of his past four games on the road. He ranks third among rookies with 61 catches and 809 receiving yards.
  • Safety Jessie Bates had five tackles and a pass defense last week. Safety Vonn Bell had seven tackles, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble in Week 15. He aims for his sixth game in a row with at least five tackles. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander had six tackles, two passes defended and his first interception of the season last week. Linebacker Josh Bynes had a season-high nine tackles and had a fumble recovery last week. Defensive end Carl Lawson had a sack and a forced fumble in Week 15.

Texans notes

  • Quarterback Deshaun Watson set a season highs in completions (33), completion percentage (80.5) and passing yards (373) with two touchdowns for a 120.8 passer rating last week, his 10th game with a 100 passer rating this season, which is tied for second-most in the NFL. He passed for 125 yards and rushed for 67 yards with a touchdown in his last meeting against the Bengals. He has 300 pass yards, two touchdown passes and a 105 passer rating in four of his past five games at home.
  • Running back David Johnson set a career highs in catches (11) and receiving yards (106) last week. He had 156 scrimmage yards (91 rushing and 65 receiving) in his last game against the Bengals. (10/6/19 with the Cardinals). He aims for his third game in a row at home with a touchdown. Running back Duke Johnson has 75 scrimmage yards in two of his past three games. He had six catches for 54 yards in his last game against Cincinnati. (12/23/18 with the Browns).
  • Wide receiver Brandin Cooks aims for his fourth game in a row with five catches and 50 receiving yards. He aims for his fifth game in a row at home with 60 receiving yards. Wide receiver Keke Coutee had five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown last week. He aims for his third game in a row with a receiving touchdown. He has five catches and 50 receiving yards in two of his past three games. Wide receiver Chad Hansen had his first-career touchdown catch in Week 15. He aims for his fourth game in a row with 50 receiving yards. Tight end Jordan Akins had five catches for 50 yards last week.
  • Defensive end J.J. Watt had a tackle for a loss last week. He has seven tackles for a loss in his past three games at home. He has a tackle for a loss in three of four career games against the Bengals. Defensive end Charles Omenihu had a sack in Week 15. Linebacker Zach Cunningham had 10 tackles and a tackle for a loss last week. He aims for his seventh game in a row with at least eight tackles and third game in a row with a tackle for a loss. He leads the NFL with 136 tackles. Linebacker Tyrell Adams led the team with 11 tackles and had a tackle for a loss last week. He has at least 11 tackles in three of his past four games.

Bengals history against Texans

Date Visitor Home Result
Date Visitor Home Result
09/14/2017 Houston Texans Cincinnati Bengals L
12/24/2016 Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans L
11/16/2015 Houston Texans Cincinnati Bengals L
11/23/2014 Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans W
01/05/2013 * Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans L
01/07/2012 * Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans L
12/11/2011 Houston Texans Cincinnati Bengals L
10/18/2009 Houston Texans Cincinnati Bengals L
10/26/2008 Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans L
10/02/2005 Houston Texans Cincinnati Bengals W
11/09/2003 Houston Texans Cincinnati Bengals W
11/03/2002 Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans W