HOUSTON TEXANS at CINCINNATI BENGALS
Series: Bengals lead 3-2.
Last Meeting: at Cincinnati, October 18, 2009: Texans 28 – Bengals 17. Matt Schaub threw four TD passes, Andre Johnson had 8 catches for 135 yards and Owen Daniels added 7 catches and 2 TDs as the Texans surprised the playoff bound Bengals. Brian Cushing had an interception and two forced fumbles in the game.
Broadcast: Sunday December 11, 2011, 12:00 noon Central. CBS: Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 86 (Hou.), 104 (Cin.). XM: 228 (Cin.). The game is the CBS #3 early game and will be seen in all Texas markets, a large chunk of the Ohio Valley region (except for Cincinnati, where it’s blacked out) and other random parts of the country including portions of South Carolina, Tennessee (except for Nashville), Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho.
- The Bengals (7-5) have won three of their past four at home but the fans don’t seem to care. Through five home games, the Bengals are averaging a league-low attendance of 49,619 per game, which is 75.7 percent of capacity at Paul Brown Stadium. Only two games have drawn more than 50,000 fans. The Bengals have already announced that the game against the Texans will be blacked out in the Cincinnati area. (cincinnati.com)
- QB Andy Dalton (2nd round, 35th overall) has the most TD passes (17) & passing yards (2,644) by a rookie QB in Bengals history. You might recall that Carson Palmer, who was drafted #1 overall in 2003, did not play at all during his rookie season.
- RB Cedric Benson needs 99 rushing yards to become the fifth Bengal RB to reach 4,000 career rushing yards.
- WR A.J. Green leads NFL rookies in receiving yards (832) and TD catches (7). Green is tied with Greg Little for NFL-best among rookies with 50 catches
- Dalton and Green are on pace to become the most prolific rookie duo in league history in several categories (cincinnati.com)
- TE Jermaine Gresham has a career-best 5 TD receptions this season.
- DT Geno Atkins has 3 sacks in the past four games.
- Remember Pacman Jones? Yeah, he plays for the Bengals. Another guy that I forgot plays for the Bengals: safety Taylor Mays. Remember QB Bruce Gradkowski from Oakland last year? He plays for the Bengals too, backing up Dalton. Gradkowski earned my respect last year after Bernard Pollard knocked him into the next county (twice) but he came back and almost engineered a comeback win over the Texans. And last but not least, Dontay Moch, who many of us were high on as a potential Texans draft pick in 2011, is a backup outside linebacker for the Bengals.
- The Texans rank 1st in the AFC and 2nd in NFL with 15 rushing TDs
- Since 2010, Arian Foster has NFL-best 24 rushing TDs. Foster (916) needs 84 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the second consecutive season
- The Texans are third in the NFL in rushing with 152.6 yards per game, and second in points allowed per game with 15.8.
- If you didn’t see Gary Kubiak’s post game speech after the win over Atlanta it’s worth a look (houstontexans.com)
- Matt Turk (holder) and Neil Rackers were “automatic” on field goals during practice Thursday according to Kubiak
- The Bud Light Fan Camp is making a stop at the Methodist Training Center in Houston on Sunday
- You can still vote for T.J. Yates for NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance last week against Atlanta (vote here)
unlinked sources: nfl and pro-football-reference.com
INJURIES (Friday status from the NFL)
- LB Dontay Moch (illness)
- DE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring)
- CB Nate Clements (hamstring), RB Brian Leonard (knee), T Andre Smith (ankle)
- RB Cedric Benson (foot), C Kyle Cook (shoulder), S Chris Crocker (knee), LB Brandon Johnson (knee), TE Donald Lee (foot)
- WR Andre Johnson (hamstring)
- DE Tim Bulman (calf), RB Lawrence Vickers (hamstring), WR Kevin Walter (illness)
- LB Mister Alexander (shoulder), CB Jason Allen (thumb, head), G Mike Brisiel (ankle), RB James Casey (chest), LB Brian Cushing (ribs, knee), QB Jake Delhomme (calf), TE Joel Dreessen (groin), TE Garrett Graham (hamstring), CB Brandon Harris (hip), CB Brice McCain (shoulder), S Glover Quin (elbow, knee), DE Antonio Smith (shoulder), T Eric Winston (knee)
Vickers was on track to return but he’s still listed as questionable which is a concern. Walter was a surprise add to the questionable list today, meaning that Jacoby Jones and Derrick Mason will share the load if he’s not able to go.
FALCONS WITH TIES TO TEXAS
RB Cedric Benson (Midland; Univ. of Texas); T Anthony Collins (Beaumont); QB Andy Dalton (Katy; Texas Christian); LB Thomas Howard (Lubbock; Texas-El Paso); RB Bernard Scott (Vernon; Abilene Christian); G Bobbie Williams (Jefferson); offensive quality control
coach Kyle Caskey (Daingerfield; played at Texas A&M). from houstontexans.com.
The Bengals are 3-point favorites with an over/under around 38. The Texans are 8-3-1 against the spread this season. They’ve finished ‘under’ on eight of their 12 games this year
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