Cincinnati Bengals Houston Texans Betting Pick
Bengals Texans Odds
The Point spread for this game is set at 3.5 points in favor of the home team Houston Texans. The total combined score for this match is set at 38.5 points. Find out what our expert’s betting pick is below.
I have found the best point spread for betting on the Texans -3.5 (-110) from TopBet.com
The best point spread for betting on the Bengals +4.0 (-105) is at Betonline.com
Bengals Texans Preview
If somebody told me preseason that I’d be watching TJ Yates facing off against Andy Dalton I would have laughed in their face. Alas though, here we are, with as mediocre of an NFL playoff game as ever could be. One of these teams will move on…. to get crushed by the Patriots or Ravens.
The Cincy offense, it’s not good, it’s not bad, it just is. Andy Dalton had a great rookie year that was completely overshadowed by other quarterback stories of 2011. The Tim Tebows, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newtons, and whoever else got all the hype this year. All the while Andy Dalton was putting up a very solid rookie statline of 20 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions with 3398 yards and an 80.4 passer rating. That’s a statline Tim Tebow could only pray for. Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention another great rookie in AJ Green. Right from the start Green and Dalton seemed to have great chemistry. Even though Green only had 1 catch that game it was enough, enough to give this team hope for the future, for a duo that could eventually challenge Peyton and Marvins numbers if they stsay together long enough. And that’s what this game is, it’s just hope. The Bengals aren’t winning the Superbowl, either are the Texans but, maybe just maybe for now, hope is enough.
The Bengals defense has been quite good this year, and I’ll admit that I don’t quite understand how. Their defensive depth chart isn’t that scary, especially with Jaguars castoff Reggie Nelson and Chris Crocker at the safety positions. They even lost one of their shutdown corners (Johnathan Joseph) to Houston in the offseason. I personally think it’s because of a solid scheme, good team speed, and Domata Peko. Anyways, it doesn’t matter how they did it, just how well they did it. They ranked, 9th in scoring and pass yards, 7th in overall yards, and 10th in rush yards.
The Texans are all but dead in the water at this point. I mean sure they have their very first playoff game as a franchise but, they’re being led by TJ Yates at quarterback. As an offense this year the Texans did well, ranking 10th in scoring, 13th in overall yards, 18th in pass yards, and 2nd in rush yards. Their offense works because they have a great offensive line and running scheme with talented runners. Ben Tate by himself almost had more yards rushing then New Orleans and Detroits leading rushers combined, and he’s houstons 2nd runningback.
The Texans defense has been great all year. The move to turn Mario Williams from a 4-3 end to a 3-4 linebacker was seemingly a success with his 5 sacks through 5 games but, also a failure because he got injured. Wade Phillips gets some mad props though for coming in, implementing his scheme, and running a top 5 defense. They ranked, 4th in scoring and rushing allowed, 2nd in total yards, and 3rd in pass yards. Now that is pretty decent.
Bengals Texans Betting Pick
Bottom line: Both of these teams have a solid defense and mediocre offense. I think the Bengals can hold Foster. I also think Andy Dalton will play smart and feed the ball to AJ Green for the win.