Originally written on Cincinnati Bengals Blog  |  Last updated 1/3/12
The Houston Chronicle’s Jerome Solomon wrote he didn’t have much trouble coming up with a list of reasons why the Texans will be the Bengals on Sunday. His online sports editor asked for three and Solomon responded, “I could give you a dozen reasons.” Here are 12 rebuttals to Solomon’s logic. 1. Wade Phillips vs. Andy Dalton: I’ll take Phillips’ defense against a rookie QB in a big game any day. Dalton hasn’t been as good lately as he was early. Since the merger, only three rookies (Aaron Brooks, Mark Sanchez and Ben Roethlisberger) have thrown for more than 200 yards in a playoff game, and Brooks was the only one to do it in a win, as he led the Saints to a 31-28 win over St. Louis in 2000. Andy Dalton had an 89.7 QB rating his first time around against the Texans and did not throw an interception. Take: That’s not good news for Texans rookie QB T.J. Yates (and his bruised shoulder) either. What’s encouraging about Dalton is that his QB rating improved his second time around agai...
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