Houston Texans vs Cincinnati Bengals prediction & preview 24.12.16
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NRG Stadium will accommodate the accomplishments for a primetime Christmas Eve antagonism amid the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans. The Texans (8-6) access Week 16 angry with the Titans aloft the AFC South standings (but in aboriginal abode address of two head-to-head wins) afterward endure week’s 21-20 improvement achievement over the Jaguars. But conceivably the bigger adventure was Bill O’Brien’s benching of $72 actor quarterback Brock Osweiler. Advancement Tom Savage, who has never started an NFL game, will now be tasked with aggravating to advance Houston to the analysis crown. The Texans can assure the AFC South with a win adjoin the Bengals accumulated with a Titans accident to the Jaguars.
The Bengals, who sit at 5-8-1, advanced of just the Cleveland Browns in the AFC North, are a part of the better disappointments in the NFL this season. However, the Houston Texans are in a austere action for the playoffs with the Tennessee Titans, and cannot allow a let down adjoin a middling adversary at home. The Texans are in the different position of getting in a playoff race, accepting just installed a new starting quarterback for non-injury reasons. Tom Savage accomplish in for $72 actor man Brock Osweiler, who has been one of the NFL’s affliction starting QBs this season. If he is an upgrade, Houston’s offense, which appearance absorbing talents like Lamar Miller, DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller, could become appealing interesting.
Despite their struggles, the Bengals are dangerous. Andy Dalton is accepting a down season, but he will accept his top ambition A.J. Green aback afterwards a ages out with a hamstring injury. Green may not be 100-percent appropriate off the bat, but he is one of the best receivers in the NFL, and presents a huge claiming to the Texans secondary. Active aback Jeremy Hill has been up-and-down, but he has denticulate three weeks in a row, and nine times on the year.
The 24-20 accident to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday might’ve signaled the end of arch drillmaster Marvin Lewis’ assignment as the arch drillmaster of the Cincinnati Bengals. Not alone did the Bengals lose their fourth-straight bold to the Steelers, they were aswell ensured that they won’t accomplish the playoffs for a sixth-consecutive year.
Cincinnati in fact denticulate on their aboriginal four backing and led by as abounding as 14 credibility in the aboriginal bisected afore it started to break in the final two quarters. Most of the accusation can be put on Andy Dalton, who went a simple 16-for-27 for 157 casual yards and threw a backbreaking aces backward in the fourth quarter.
All this time, it appears as if the Houston Texans just bare a quarterback change to get aback into playoff-contender form. They clawed aback from a huge arrears adjoin the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and won a close 21-20 challenge to abide angry with the Tennessee Titans for the top atom in the AFC South standings.
After a brace of animal picks in back-to-back drives during the additional quarter, the Texans assuredly benched disturbing starting quarterback Brock Osweiler in favor of his backup, Tom Savage. NFL admirers didn’t apperceive what to apprehend from the third-year QB, and allegedly neither did the Jaguars. Savage completed 23 of his 36 passes for 260 yards afterwards an interception as he staged Houston’s improvement with address afterwards getting down 13-0 in the aboriginal half.
While Savage’s ability was a acceptable sight, he abiding could use added advice from the active bold in Week 16, abnormally aback we accept yet to actuate whether his airing on Sunday was for absolute or just a beam in the pan. Active aback Lamar Miller begin the end area with beneath than three account larboard in the challenge to put the Texans up for good, but he alone acquired 63 hasty yards on 22 carries.
Then again, Houston’s aegis was just as active in the win, as the aggregation bound the Jags to just 150 yards and nine aboriginal downs. That D can absolutely accommodate an unmotivated Cincinnati breach this Saturday, and accepting Week 16’s challenge aback in NRG Stadium is addition plus. The Texans are 6-1 at home this division (4-2-1 ATS), and the home army will absolutely accord them a huge affecting addition abnormally afterwards how Savage’s blemish achievement angry their fans’ contempo frustrations into newfound optimism.