Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans have playoff hopes riding on seemingly every game during the second half of the season, including today’s showdown between the two teams. While the 5-5 Texans are second in AFC South, the 6-3-1 Bengals are atop the AFC North after the Texans beat the Browns last Sunday. The thank yous and warm fuzzies from the Bengals to the Texans on Sunday will go away today as we watch Cincinnati Bengals vs Houston Texans game live free online or on CBS. Both teams stand in the other one’s way in their respective playoff hunt.
Kickoff for today’s Bengals vs Texans game is scheduled for 1pm EST / 10am PST from NRG Stadium in Houston. Going into their Week 12 NFL game the teams are “even” according to an average of Las Vegas oddsmakers. There’s no favorite and no point spread for the Bengals vs Texans game.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton bounced back last Sunday against the New Orleans Saints after a horrid game against the Browns the week prior. Dalton completed 72.7% of his passes for 220 yards and a passer rating of 143.9 in the Bengals 27-10 win over the Saints.
Whether he can maintain that blistering pace in his hometown and against the Texans’ JJ Watt is a big question as we watch Bengals vs Texans game live online free or on CBS. Dalton has thrown five TDs for his career against Houston but has been sacked seven times. That’s a promising stat for Watt, who’s been brutal on defense this season.
Last week alone, Watt recorded a strip sack, had five tackles, recovered a fumble and harassed Browns QB Brian Hoyer all game. Watt’s also contributed yet again on offense, scoring yet another touchdown last Sunday as tight end. It was yet another reason JJ Watt will likely be given serious consideration for NFL MVP, not just Defensive MVP, when all is said and done.
On the other side of the ball, Texans QB Ryan Mallet got his first start for Houston last Sunday, going 20-of-30 for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s poised for another solid game today against the Bengals 28th-ranked defense, which will also pose an opportunity for RB Alfred Blue to continue his hot play.
Blue rushed for 156 yards on 36 carries against the Browns last weekend as RB Arian Foster sat out. The matchup of Blue and Bengals RB Jeremy Hill, also a highly successful rookie, should be fun to watch today when each team has the ball.
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