A year ago this weekend, in the same line on the AFC bracket and in the same made-for-television time slot, the Cincinnati Bengals went to Houston and were promptly eliminated from the playoffs.
Take Two can be different.
That's not to say it will be, or that the still young and still very much unproven Bengals are ready to win a road playoff game against a talented Texans team. But there are reasons to believe the Bengals can win this time around, and three primary reasons are listed below.
The Bengals are playing a serious brand of defense, and that defense isn't just the biggest reason they closed the season on a 7-1 run. It's the biggest reason that the Bengals can make some sort of postseason run, too.
In Houston they'll have to stop the run first, as Arian Foster scored twice in last year's 31-10 Texans playoff win and remains one of the NFL's best backs. The Bengals finished the season ranked seventh in total defense and seventh in run defense, succeeding with an ...