Found January 01, 2012 on Shutdown Corner:
Both of the wild-card games on Saturday, January 7 are rematches of games we've seen in the last month, which gives us some pretty good indicators of how things will go. That said, some things have changed since then, so here's a basic read on the Saturday games, with the Sunday ones to follow. We'll have advanced stat studies and tape breakdowns for all the games later in the week. Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans — 4:30 PM ET The first thing the Bengals need to do before the take on a Texans pass defense that is as good as any in the league is to figure out what has been up with Andy Dalton in the second half of the season. The only rookie quarterback since the merger to start all 16 games of his rookie season despite not being drafted in the first round may have hit a bit of a rookie wall. In his first eight games, Dalton completed 158 passes in 257 attempts for 1,696 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In his last eight games, 142 completions in 259 att...

Bengals lose to Ravens 24-16 but get berth

Andy Dalton's desperate pass into the end zone fell incomplete in the scrum of players, leaving the Bengals still winless against playoff teams this season. And, playoff-bound themselves. The Bengals got a lot of help on Sunday, clinching the final AFC wild card despite losing to the Baltimore Ravens 24-16 in front of a capacity crowd at Paul Brown Stadium. The Ravens (12-4...

Don Banks thinks the Bengals are playing with house money

And when you have nothing to lose, you can be quite dangerous. Banks says Got to love that the Bengals, the team that I’m not even sure the city of Cincinnati truly appreciates, made the playoffs in what was supposed to be a take-your-lumps kind of year. A rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton isn’t supposed [...]

Kubiak expecting Yates to start against Bengals

Texans coach Gary Kubiak expects rookie quarterback T.J. Yates to start the first ever playoff game for the franchise Saturday against the Bengals at Reliant Stadium. Yates separated his non-throwing shoulder in the season finale against the Titans, but Kubiak said Monday that all indications are that Yates will be able to make the start Saturday afternoon. "Obviously we have...

What some are saying about 9-7 Bengals

•’s Don Banks: Snap Judgments Got to love that the Bengals, the team that I’m not even sure the city of Cincinnati truly appreciates, made the playoffs in what was supposed to be a take-your-lumps kind of year. A rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton isn’t supposed to take a team to the postseason, especially not when his best target is a rookie receiver (A.J. Green) and...

Texans QB Yates, WR Johnson look good in practice

The Houston Texans got some good news on the injury front when quarterback T.J. Yates went through a full practice Tuesday. Yates had suffered a separated left shoulder in Sunday's game against Tennessee, but appears on track to start this weekend's wild card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Yates threw the ball well and also praised...

Texans QB Yates exits, replaced by Delhomme

Texans quarterback T.J. Yates left Sunday's game against Tennessee, heading to the locker room in the first quarter.

Texans QB Yates leaves game

Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates left Sunday's regular season finale against the Tennessee Titans with an apparent injury.

First drive in Titans' game rekindled old magic

HOUSTON - It was just one drive, but it was a possession that might come to represent so much more than seven points for the Texans. The Texans utilized 13 plays and six minutes, 43 seconds to cover 90 yards on their opening possession against the Titans last Sunday. Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates completed all four of his attempts for 47 yards despite suffering a left (non-throwing...

Random Wild Card Weekend Notes

Some notes on the upcoming NFL Wild Card weekend games.The 2011 playoff field features six teams – Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants and San Francisco – that did not make the postseason last year.The 2011 postseason starts on Saturday when the Bengals visit the Texans. The game can be the first postseason game in the Super Bowl era in which two rookie quarterbacks...

Report Card — Ravens game

PASS OFFENSE (C-) The windy conditions didn’t help matters but there were plenty of instances where Andy Dalton and his receivers were not on the same page. Jerome Simpson and Jermaine Gresham each had five catches but Simpson overran a couple routes and Gresham’s fumble in the fourth quarter ended up allowing Baltimore to seize momentum. RUN OFFENSE (C) Only 19 yards in the...

Texans Fall Short vs. Titans

The Texans were edged by the Titans 23-22 in Week 17. Fantasy Spin: Quarterback Jake Delhomme completed 18 of 28 passes for 211 yards in relief, with one touchdown against no interceptions after T.J. Yates was knocked out of the battle. With Arian Foster inactive, Ben Tate dazzled with 97 rushing yards and a trip to paydirt on 16 totes, to go along with four catches for 24 receiving...
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