The Houston Texans, who struggled the last month of the season, beat the Cincinnati Bengals tonight 19-13 behind their All-Pros running back Arian Foster and defensive end J.J. Watt.
The Texans, who eliminated the Bengals last season as well, were paced by four field goals by Shayne Graham of 48, 27, 22 and 24 yards and a 1 yard touchdown run by Foster, who finished with 140 yards on 32 carries. The Bengals could not get an offensive touchdown but got a pick 6 by Bengals Leon Hall of 21 yards from Matt Schaub’s errant pass and two field goals b y Josh Brown of 34 and 47 yards to round out their scoring.
The Bengals could not get anything all game as they only were able to muster 207 total yards, 127 yards from Andy Dalton, 80 yards running (59 yards from Benjarvis Green-Ellis). The Texans caused confusion with an interception, two sacks and a couple of pass deflections by the master of it in Watt.
The Texans now travel to New England next Sunday at 4:15 in the final game of the weekend will have to put their game vs. the Patriots in week 14 out of their mind. The Patriots manhandled Houston all night winning 42-14 and the Texans will have to overcome the memories, the elements in Foxboro, and a red hot offense of Tom Brady and the Patriots.
They will need to learn how to forget quickly, or it could be a disappointing flight home next week.