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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 ...
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Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton missed Wednesday's practice with the flu, but is expected to be ready for Saturday's playoff game against the AFC South champion Houston Texans.
In fact, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that Dalton should return to practice on Thursday.
Dalton, 24, is a Houston native and played collegiately at Texas Christian.
Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton wasn’t at practice today for what’s being called a intestinal virus. With it being only Wednesday and not an actual injury I wouldn’t be worried at all about him missing Saturday’s game. He’s pretty much just got a case of the *****, or maybe some nausea.
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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.
• NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan: Texans-Bengals outcome rides on two rookie quarterbacks
The edge at quarterback has to go to Dalton, who is also going to be asked to carry much more of the offensive load than Yates. In Week 14, the Bengals settled for four field goals … and lost by one point. Dalton will need to make at least two touchdown passes this time around.
It will be a tight...
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...