Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who grew up in Katy, Texas, has never beaten the Houston Texans. In fact, he's winless against Texas-based teams in the NFL, if we include the 20-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys (the game was played in Cincinnati). Dalton is further frustrated by two postseason losses to the Texans when the games were played in Houston.
Writes Richard Skinner with the Cincinnati Enquirer:
As Bengals fans know full well, Dalton struggled in those two games, completing just 41 of 72 passes (57.0 percent) for 384 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions. He hasn't forgotten those two performances.
Hell, I'm still trying to get over the J.J. Watt pick six with 59 seconds remaining in the first half during the '11 wild card round.
The interception gave Houston a 17-10 halftime lead. Arian Foster would go on to generate 83 yards rushing on 12 carries in the second half, while the Bengals offense would go punt, punt, interception, interception and turnover on downs in the final two quarters.
"Obviously when you go home, you want to play well, you want to get a win and all that kind of stuff," said Dalton via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "You know, losing in the playoffs a couple times there, it still does sit with you."
But this is a new year and a new opportunity to beat the hometown team.
"We'll be close to my parents' house this time (where the Bengals are staying), but with the timing of everything, I won't be able to go over there, so just grabbing dinner, seeing some people," said Dalton. "There's a lot of people that watched me grow up and watched me play growing up, too, so it'll be fun for everybody to get to see me play."