KICKOFF: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET
SURFACE: Natural grass
PREDICTION: Texans 23-17
KEYS TO THE GAME: C Chris Myers has his hands full as the leader of an offense with a quarterback making his sixth career start. Myers' calls, of coverage and adjustments, ease the burden on T.J. Yates but he'll have to win with long drives as he did three weeks ago at Cincinnati. The Bengals forced Yates to dink and dunk his way to 80- and 83-yard drives. With WR Andre Johnson back from his second hamstring injury, the Bengals' secondary, which has been susceptible on vertical routes, won't be able to release to support the run. Houston averaged 153 rushing yards per game and by pumping the ball to Foster, the Texans dare the Bengals not to walk a safety toward the line.
The Texans have gone four games without an interception after nabbing 17 in the first 13 games. Bengals QB Andy Dalton went 5-3 on the road and his performance didn't plateau away from Cincinnati. That's b...