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HOUSTON Rookies grow, rookies learn.
Andy Dalton learned a lot about playoff intensity and the importance of every play Saturday in the Cincinnati Bengals' 31-10 wild card loss in Reliant Stadium. In the playoffs, one quick pass can change the momentum of a game.
That's exactly what happened to Dalton in his first playoff game. He and the Cincinnati Bengals had gotten off to a good start against Houston. Late in the half, the Bengals were on a two-minute drill and Dalton had completed 11 of his previous 13 passes. The score was tied at 10, but it felt like advantage Cincinnati when he dropped back to pass from his 34 with 59 seconds left in the first half.
"I saw quarters," Dalton said of the coverage Houston was playing.
So he went to his assigned pass.
"I threw it outside," Dalton said. "He jumped up and made a play."
"He" was J.J. Watt, a rookie defensive end, who reached up with both hands, batted the ball flat, grabbed it a...
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Mike Florio talks with Bengals beat reporter Joe Reedy about Cincinnati’s playoff chances against the Houston Texans on Saturday behind rookie Andy Dalton.
The Cincinnati Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America today named QB Andy Dalton as the Bengals’ 2011 Most Valuable Player FS Chris Crocker as recipient of the organization’s annual “Good Guy” award.
The voters are the beat writers who cover the team on a daily basis.
Dalton is the first rookie MVP in the 10 seasons the organization has handed out the award. He is...
Andy Dalton and T.J. Yates weren't around for any of the miserable seasons the Bengals and Texans have had over the past two decades.
The Cincinnati Bengals will try to bring things full circle on Saturday
Its been 22 years since the Bengals last won a playoff game -- and that win came over Houston, in Houston, 41-14 in a wild card playoff game on Jan. 6, 1991. A win Saturday in the same city in the same round ends a 20-year playoff drought -- and gives the Bengals their first road playoff win in team history....
The second quarter opened with Bengals QB Andy Dalton hitting A.J. Green over the middle for 21 yards. I was thinking at the time that it was going to be a long day unless the Texans were...
The Bengals could have gone into halftime tied at 10, but a great play by J.J. Watt of snagging the ball out of the air gave the Texans momentum and the lead at halftime.
Offensively, Jay Gruden was doing a nice job of mixing things up on first down with a balance of run and pass (eight pass and six run) which we will see if that continues. Andy Dalton has completed the ball to eight...
A rookie scored his first playoff touchdown, but it wasn’t Bengals QB Andy Dalton or Texans QB T.J. Yates. Nope, it was Houston DE J.J. Watt, who made one of the sickest plays you’ll see by a lineman.
Watt’s interception and 29-yard touchdown return with 59 seconds left in the half was the difference after 30 minutes. It’s Texans 17, Bengals 10 from Reliant Stadium.
Mike McGlynn felt good about his block on J.J. Watt. The Bengals’ right guard punched out on Watt, the Houston Texans’ top draft choice this season, and stopped his path to quarterback Andy Dalton.
The next thing McGlynn and everyone else inside Reliant Stadium knew Watt picked off Dalton’s pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown that broke a 10-10 tie and sent the Texans...
The Bengals are leaving for Houston this afternoon for Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. kickoff against the Texans in the opening game of the NFL playoffs.
They head into the game in good physical shape.
S Taylor Mays (hamstring) and LB Dontay Moch (illness) are doubtful to play. Neither participated in Friday’s walk-through session.
The rest of the injury report has players that practiced...
Warren Moon faced Joe Montana the last time Houston had a home playoff game. Now, T.J. Yates leads the Texans against Andy Dalton's Bengals to kickoff wild-card weekend. Follow here.