Posted January 02, 2013 on AP on Fox
Gettyimage.ashx_url_http_3a_2f_2fcache.gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f94919571.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3dewsasset_26k_3d2_26d_3d77bfba49ef878921a343b2c87a49d8f56754f5737454e9d22003538cd923b25213184732c9f270f2
The Houston Texans are hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday to begin the NFL playoffs for the second straight year. This time, Matt Schaub will be in the spotlight. Schaub will make his first postseason start as the stumbling Texans try to eliminate Cincinnati in the wild-card round, a year after they did so with a third-string quarterback. Houston's first playoff game in franchise history was a 31-10 victory over Cincinnati last year to open wild-card weekend. T.J. Yates was the Texans' quarterback since Schaub was lost for the season after 10 games due to a foot injury and former backup Matt Leinart also was sidelined. "It is exciting," Schaub said. "It's an exciting time of year to be a part of this to get ready to play in a playoff game, especially here at home in front of our home fans." How excited the third-seeded Texans (12-4) truly are for Saturday is debatable. Houston lost its final two regular-season games when a victory in eith...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Texans place LB Sharpton on IR

The Houston Texans placed linebacker Darryl Sharpton on injured reserve because of a hip injury, the Houston Chronicle reported on Tuesday. Houston takes on the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the AFC playoffs on Saturday. Sharpton was injured during Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list because of...

Houston Texans alternative scouting report

Between now and the Houston Texans' 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals, you will see reams of analysis and scouting objectives. But that's for the lamestream. This is the alternative Texans scouting report. Offense Matt Schaub, Quarterback Middle name is Rutledge, meaning he was one step away from being a lacrosse player who wears deck shoes...

Bengals' running game in doubt for playoffs

CINCINNATI (AP) -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn't suit up for the Cincinnati Bengals' practice on Tuesday. He wore black sweatpants and a gray hooded sweatshirt, running by himself at one end of the University of Cincinnati's covered football field while everyone else ran plays. It's another challenge for an offense that's hit the wall. Green-Ellis had a sore hamstring...

Bengals' D-line blossoms into one of best

Michael Johnson towers over blockers at 6-foot-7. At 6-foot-1, Geno Atkins often gets dwarfed on the line. Domata Peko is gregarious. Carlos Dunlap tends to cut off interviews after a few questions. The Bengals' defensive line is an eclectic mix of players from far different backgrounds with very different personalities and body types. Together, they formed one of the NFL'...

Cincinnati Bengals: Three New Year's Resolutions For 2013

The Cincinnati Bengals finished 2012 strong.  After starting off with a 3-5 record, the Bengals went on a 7-1 run to end the season.  With an improved defense and a tough-at-times offense, this year's squad certainly gives fans hope of a bright future.  Although the team made the playoffs as a wild card, fans would still like to see their team raise the bar a bit. The time...

Bengals Injury Report: BenJarvus Green-Ellis Returns

Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis returned to the practice field on Wednesday after missing Sunday’s matchup against the Baltimore Ravens due to a hamstring injury, reports Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn’t play in Week 17 after tweaking his hamstring in warmups for Cincinnati’s game against the Ravens...

Bengals better prepared for playoffs in 2013

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...

Bengals trying to get up and running for playoffs

(Updates. With AP Photos.) By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn't suit up for the Cincinnati Bengals' practice on Tuesday. He wore black sweatpants and a gray hooded sweatshirt, running by himself at one end of the University of Cincinnati's covered football field while everyone else ran plays. It's another challenge for an offense that's hit...

Luv Ya Steel Blue: The Four Horsemen Ride Again

The four are back together in a reunion episode that isn’t very happy aside from that fact. Mike, Pat, Aaron and Cleaver all dive into the questions of if the offense is broken, how much Gary Kubiak is to blame and if it’s okay to declare that Wade Phillips no longer walks on water. The boys also talk about the Texans playoff chances in wild card weekend as well as the field...

Doc Talk: Wild-card injury report

Saturday Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (hamstring): Green-Ellis practiced in a limited fashion both Wednesday and Thursday, the Bengals' official website reports. He did not play in Cincinnati's season finale because the Bengals had already locked up the AFC's sixth seed, but we expect that Green-Ellis will be present this weekend...

Turn On The Jets – Wild-Card Weekend NFL Picks

The Race for Steak continues. Only 11 games to go…  CURRENT STANDINGS 1. Rob Celletti (137-112-7) 2. Chris Gross (129-120-7) 3. Mike Donnelly (129-122-5) 4. Chris Celletti (126-124-6) 5. Joe Caporoso (114-135-7) Joe Caporoso Last Week (12-4) Cincinnati (+4) at Houston - This is a popular pick…almost popular enough to make me want to change it. However, Matt Schaub has never...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.