Found January 06, 2012 on This Given Sunday:
The Houston Texans might be the Cinderella team of the AFC playoff bracket, but if this weekend was supposed to be the ball, the Bengals are the party crashers that just might stay all night. No matter how good AJ Green was supposed to be, no one expected the Bengals to be here. Not after kicking out their top three playmakers of 2010 and starting over with young, unproven replacements. But here they are, and they just might have staying power.  We talked to TGS contributing writer Dave Biddle, founder of Three Way Chili, a Cincinnati sports blog here on the Bloguin network, to get his perspective on this young team's accelerated growth curve.  TGS: Andy Dalton and AJ Green might be new to the NFL playoffs, but Marvin Lewis is not. How is he preparing this team for the next level of competition?  Well, Lewis is mostly a figurehead at this point, with first-year coordinator Jay Gruden having complete control of the offense (and Gruden has been a tremendous upgrade over Bob Bra...

A.J. Green Shows Off Juggling Skills

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is talented in more than just football. Bengals quarterback, Andy Dalton, and his main pass catcher, A.J. Green, sat down with NBC’s Alex Flanagan prior to their first playoff game appearance against the Houston Texans. Green was very confident in his juggling skills, even bragging about how he used to perform during half time shows...

NFL playoffs a quarterback's party

The Green Bay Packers may be 15-1 and the favorite to repeat as champion, but never in the 45-year history of the Super Bowl has a team that allowed the most yards (6,585) during the regular season advanced to the big game. The Packers, not the Patriots, ended up dead last in defense. The Patriots finished next-to-last. And these guys are supposedly the two best teams in the playoffs...

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From Joe Reedy: Andre Johnson has been with the Texans since their second year in the league and is the one person who can appreciate Houston’s first playoff appearance since the Oilers played made it in 1993. Johnson is a five-time Pro Bowl selection but has been bothered most of the season with a hamstring injury. He played in a career-low seven games and had only 33 catches...

Wild Card Preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans

Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) at Houston Texans (10-6) | Saturday | 4:30 p.m. Before the season, not many thought either team would make the playoffs. The Bengals were probably the bigger surprise of the two, but frankly both teams have played great football this season. The Cincinnati surge was led by the rookie combo of quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver A.J. Green. Both have been...

Today's wild-card games

The Bengals' Andy Dalton threw for 3,398 yards this season, and, with receiver A.J. Green, the two became the first rookie teammates to put up a 3,000-yard passing season and a 1,000-yard receiving season.

Bengals-Texans Odds

Our friends at Bovada, formerly BoDog, have posted odds on the Bengals playoff progress and Saturday’s game: 2012 NFL Playoffs – Cincinnati Bengals Playoff Progress Eliminated in AFC Wild Card Round 2/3 Eliminated in AFC Divisional Round 8/5 Eliminated in AFC Championship Game 10/1 Super Bowl Runner Up ...

2011-2012 NFL Playoffs

The NFL playoffs are upon us. Our Kansas City Chiefs will be watching from their couches with the rest of us. A disappointment? Maybe. If you were one of the few, like me, who picked the Chiefs to win 10 games and represent the AFC West in the playoffs for the second consecutive season, then yes, 2011 was a disappointment. However, if you were part of the masses who picked the...
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