Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/17/14
2012 Record: 10-62012 DownfallDefense Gave Up Too Many Big PlaysIt's to the Bengals' credit that, in their 19-13 loss to the Texans in the Wild Card round, Houston's five scores included four field goals. Cincinnati's stout defense (8th in third down percentage) at least kept a high-powered Houston offense largely out of the end zone.But in building their lead, Houston managed a number of big plays that contorted the Bengals' Top Ten defense out of its comfort zone. Houston ran 77 plays from scrimmage (to Cincinnati's 48), and eight of those plays were good for 15+ yards.The Texans were also 8 of 17 on third down, a 47.1 percent success rate. The Bengals' season average was 36.1 percent. So while Cincinnati was able to stand pat down the field, they gave in to Houston's aggressive attack, setting up the field goals.Dalton Couldn't Get GoingAndy Dalton had enjoyed a pretty good sophomore season, making a strong case for why he may be the best quarterback of the 2011 class (possibly b...
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