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8 a.m. ET: The Texans blew their chances at a bye week with a loss last week, and a 1-3 end to the regular season, and now they must face one of the hottest teams in football.
The Bengals come into Saturday’s having won seven of their past eight and riding the strength of their defense into wild card weekend. Behind the stellar play of Geno Atkins (12 1/2 sacks), Rey Malaluga (122 tackles) and rookie Vontaze Burfict (127 tackles), the Bengals have allowed just one opponent (the Cowboys) to score 20 points in their past eight games and are looking to hold the Texans below that threshold again on Saturday.
First they must deal with the dangerous tandem of Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, who combined for 112 receptions for almost 1,600 yards through the air this season. The Texans also boast a strong ground game with the powerful running of Arian Foster, who gained 1,200-plus yards for the third consecutive year. So, the Bengals will have their work cut out for them.
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Texans running back Arian Foster bulldozed his way to 140 yards rushing Saturday in a first round win over Cincinnati.Fantasy Spin:The 32 carries Foster received were a season-high. Foster and the Texans play New England a week from Sunday. Foster was held to 46 yards on 15 rushes when he played against the Patriots earlier in the season.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and a touchdown, and the Houston Texans used a stifling defensive effort for a 19-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday in an AFC wild-card playoff game.
The Texans will next play at New England on Jan. 13.
Foster became the first player in NFL history to have 100-yard games in each of his first three playoff games.
Couldn't stop Arian Foster. Couldn't make that one big play when it was right at their fingertips. And, in an ending so sickeningly familiar, the Bengals couldn't break one of the NFL's longest streaks of playoff futility.
Plenty of blame to go around for this one.
Andy Dalton overthrew an open A.J. Green in the end zone in the closing minutes, and the Houston Texans...
HOUSTON -- With positive momentum long since departed and home-field advantage lost during a forgettable December, the Texans sought a fresh start on Saturday, something to erase the stench of their collapse. While their offense, led by six Pro Bowl selections, failed to deliver convincingly, the Texans welcomed the timely return of their dominating defense and outlasted the Bengals...
Arian Foster could be the player with the most on his shoulders this weekend
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans 4:30 p.m.
@ Reliant Stadium in Houston
The Texans have been struggling as of late as their 1-3 record shows to end the season. In those four games, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has one touchdown and three interceptions. That type of production in this playoff...
J.J. Watt swatted away passes, Arian Foster ran away from tacklers and the Houston Texans did just enough to knock Cincinnati out of the playoffs for the second straight year.
Matt Schaub made his postseason debut a successful one when Foster's 1-yard touchdown in third quarter helped the Texans to a 19-13 AFC wild-card playoff win over the Bengals on Saturday.
Now comes the...
THE GOOD: Houston's OffenseThe Texans scored just one touchdown in Saturday's game, but scored on five different possessions. That tells us that Houston moved the ball consistently all day, and stuck to its game plan: giving the ball to #23. Arian Foster ran for 140 yards on 32 carries, and scored the only offensive touchdown in the game. He also added eight grabs for...
This Game Was Not Good
> I think I can speak for all of America, in that this was the matchup from 2011 that we were dying to see again> Arian Foster continues to show that you don't have to draft a RB for him to become dominant> CB Leon Hall's pick six roused America from a sound sleep> Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham dropped another pass in the time it took you...
They say running backs are worth less than a dime a dozen in the NFL, and they have a point. After all, the NFL's No. 2 leading rusher this season -- Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins -- was passed on exactly 172 times in the 2012 NFL draft. And the league's rushing touchdown leader -- Arian Foster of the Houston Texans -- wasn't even selected in the 2009 draft...
After losing 2 of their final 4 games the Houston Texans have fallen from the AFC’s #1 seed to the #3 and will be playing this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals to open the playoffs at home. Though the Texans have struggled they’ll have to forget about it quickly with the playoffs now at hand.”You have to have a short-term memory in this league. It’s more important now...
We heard your outcries. Razzball, do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light! We understand but did you have to get all dramatic like that? You could’ve just said ‘I wanna play fantasy football during the playoffs and want some rankings for it’. Sheesh. What were you, a drama geek in high school? But I digress, I’m gonna...
HOUSTON -- With positive momentum long since departed and home-field advantage lost during a forgettable December, the Texans sought a fresh start Saturday, something to erase the stench of their collapse. While their offense, led by six Pro Bowl selections, failed to deliver convincingly, the Texans welcomed the timely return of their dominating defense and outlasted the Bengals...
In a close and, as expected, low scoring match-up, the Houston Texans bested the 22-year-playoff-win-drought-ridden Cincinnati Bengals 19-13. Houston will travel to New England next week with the acrid taste of their December 10th, 42-14 meeting with the #2 seed Patriots likely still in their mouths. Regardless of next week, there were several players with phenomenal performances...
The first playoff game has been played, and it kind of sucked. But it was important for us New England Patriots fans, as it decided who we will face in the playoffs.And our fate was decided, as the Houston Texans held on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals by 19-13. So on Sunday 13th January, at around 4pm ET, the Patriots postseason will get underway, in a rematch of our week 14 game...