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: 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).
- Replay: NFL Game Pass
- Rosters: Bengals | Texans
- SB Nation the Texans’ site: Battle Red Blog
- Weather: Low 70’s, partly cloudy [NFL weather]
- Odds: Bengals open, +7 [Odds Shark]
The Bengals are getting set to take on the Texans this weekend in Houston. The last time these teams met in the regular season was when Deshaun Watson led Houston to a victory on Thursday Night Football in 2017, and these teams have gone through plenty of changes since then.
Cincinnati has a quarterback of the future, but unfortunately, Joe Burrow went down with a season ending injury earlier this year. This team is flying high off a Ryan Finley led upset of the Steelers earlier this week though. He will have to work his magic again though with this offense being as shorthanded as ever with Tyler Boyd being added to the list of player like Joe Mixon and Jonah Williams who will be missing the game.
On the other hand, the Bengals will almost definitely need another great game from their defense that was the catalyst for the team’s latest win. They will have their hands full with Watson trying to carry his own shorthanded offense to a December win. It is something that safeties Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell will have to accomplish. Also Pass rusher Carl Lawson will also have to continue his amazing streak of being able to pressure the quarterback.
Neither of these teams have much to play for other than pride. The Texans have four wins on the season and the Bengals managed to get their third win on Monday night against the Steelers. One big difference is Cincinnati is playing for some momentum into 2021 in hopes to keep head coach Zac Taylor’s job safe.
Houston, however, has undergone a really frustrating offseason where they lost plenty of talent, and their head coach, Bill O’Brian, has already been fired. Most of the times in games like this late in the year, it comes down to which team is going to want the win more. It is hard to believe that a Texans team walking through the motions of the end of the year is going to be more motivated than a Bengals team looking to get another monkey off their team’s back with a road win.