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PRIMER: Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1) at Houston Texans (5-5)

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

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Game: Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1) at Houston Texans (5-5)
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: NRG Stadium
Series Leader: Series tied 3-3 in regular season (Texans lead postseason 2-0)
Streak: Including the postseason, Houston has won five straight
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 2-5. O'Brien: 0-0. 
Broadcast: CBS (12:00 PM CT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Cin.), 93 (Hou.). XM: 225 (Hou.). 
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Weather: Clear and 74 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: White jerseys and black pants (18-22 in that combination)
Odds: Houston are 2.5 point favorites [SB Nation]


  • Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed 16 of 22 (72.7 percent) passes for 220 yards passing and three touchdowns for a passer rating of 143.9.
  • When quarterback Andy Dalton records a passer rating of 100 or more, the Bengals are 17-2.
  • Dalton's career winning percentage of .629 is the highest in franchise history (minimum of 20 starts).
  • Running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 152 yards on 27 carries last week.
  • Hill is the second running back in franchise history to gain 150 yards rushing or more twice during their rookie season.
  • Hill currently leads all rookies with 556 yards rushing and is tied for most rushing touchdowns (5).
  • Running back Giovani Bernard is averaging 85.5 yards from scrimmage per game.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green led the team with 127 yards receiving on six receptions last week.
  • Green posted his 18th career 100-yard receiving game last week, tying Cris Collinsworth for fourth-most in franchise history.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, Green has 4,341 yards receiving... third-most in the AFC.
  • Tight end Jermaine Gresham (21) posted a season-high two touchdowns last week. Gresham is the fourth tight end in franchise history with 20 touchdowns or more in a career.
  • Since 2012, Geno Atkins has posted 20 quarterbacks sacks, second among all AFC defensive tackles.


  • In his first start last week, quarterback Ryan Mallett posted 211 yards passing and two touchdowns.
  • In three career meetings (including the playoffs), running back Arian Foster has 430 yards from scrimmage and three rushing touchdowns.
  • Foster needs one more 100-yard rushing performance to surpass Priest Holmes (31) for most ever by an undrafted player.
  • Foster has posted a 100-yard performance in six of his past eight games.
  • Since 2010, Foster leads the AFC in yards rushing (5,628) and rushing touchdowns (49).
  • Last week, running back Alfred Blue posted a franchise-record 36 carries last week, rushing for a 156 yards... tying a franchise rookie record (Steve Slaton).
  • Wide receiver Andre Johnson needs a catch to surpass Randy moss (982) for 10th-most receptions in NFL history.
  • Johnson needs 91 yards receiving to surpass Torry Holt (13,832) for No. 12 all-time.
  • Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is looking to record his fifth-straight game with 80 yards receiving or more.
  • Last week, defensive end J.J. Watt become the first player since 1982 to record a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and a touchdown reception in the same game.
  • Watt is one of two players in NFL history with two receiving touchdowns, an interception returned for a touchdown and a fumble returned for a touchdown in the same season.


Total 346.3 (17th) 354.4 (15th)
Scoring 22.4 (16th) 22.9 (15th)
Third Downs 38% (22nd) 38% (24th)
Rushing 124.3 (9th) 144.6 (3rd)
Rushing TDs 12 (t-3rd) 8 (t-9th)
20-Yard Runs 7 (t-8th) 9 (t-6th)
Passing 222.0 (21st) 209.8 (28th)
Passing TDs 12 (27th) 13 (t-22nd)
Sacks Allowed 13 (3rd) 20 (t-13th)
20-yard Passes 27 (25th) 32 (t-15th)
Total 385.7 (28th) 389.5 (30th)
Scoring 22.1 (15th) 20.4 (t-8th)
3rd Downs Allowed 40% (12th) 36% (7th)
Rushing 136.2 (28th) 111.4 (16th)
Rushing TDs 12 (t-28th) 5 (t-5th)
Passing 249.5 (20th) 278.1 (31st)
Passing TDs 11 (1st) 19 (t-24th)
Sacks 13 (29th) 21 (19th)
QB Rating 79.2 (5th) 89.1 (12th)
Interceptions 10 (t-10th) 11 (t-8th)
Kickoff Return 27.5 (4th) 21.5 (28th)
Punt Return 11.6 (6th) 5.9 (29th)
Punting (Net) 44.2 (2nd) 37.8 (26th)
Punts Inside the 20 19 (t-6th) 15 (t-18)


Date Team Opponent H/A Stadium Result Attend
01/05/2013* Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans A Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) L 19-13 71,738
01/07/2012* Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans A Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) L 31-10 71,725
12/11/2011 Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans H Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 20-19 41,202
10/18/2009 Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans H Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 28-17 64,019
10/26/2008 Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans A Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) L 35-6 70,112
10/02/2005 Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans H Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 16-10 65,714
11/09/2003 Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans H Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 34-27 50,437
11/03/2002 Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans A Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) W 38-3 69,827

* AFC Wild Card Playoff Game

Points Scored: Houston Texans 173, Cincinnati Bengals 153