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 Texans are a three-point favorite, which means they are favored because they are at home. Given that the home field is worth three points, this game is pretty much a tossup.
Can the Bengals win? Of course. Houston is starting a less experienced rookie than Andy Dalton at quarterback (T.J. Yates), and the Texans lost three in a row heading into the playoffs.
Cincinnati has to hope Dalton is healthy. He missed part of the weeks practice due to the flu, but is expected to play. Then the Bengals fine offensive line has to keep him upright. Houstons pass rush (44 sacks, sixth in the league) swarms from every ...