cincyhokie Posted January 6, 2012 Report Share Posted January 6, 2012 For the Bengals to win they need to:1. Generate a consistent pass rush and get Yates on the ground.If the Bengals allow TJ Yates to find his receivers, most notably Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, it's going to be a long game. Forcing Yates to make mistakes and rush his throws is crucial. Having Dunlap healthy for this game is HUGE. With him in the game, Atkins and Peko can potentially have a huge impact in this game. Daniels is going to get his catches regardless, but they cannot let Andre Johnson have a big game. Taylor Mays who had some success covering Daniels because of his size and speed is still bothered by his hamstring injury and is questionable at best to play. Don't give Yates time to make big plays. Last meeting the Bengals had 5 sacks and contained Yates until the end of the game. They need to do this again for 60 minutes.2. Stop the run.The Bengals simply cannot allow Foster and Tate to dictate the pace of this game. Not only will big runs keep the Bengals defense on the field, it will open up the Bengals secondary to play action where Daniels and especially Andre Johnson thrive. In the last game, the Bengals held Foster to 41 yards on 15 carries and aside from one long run to Tate, kept him under control as well. The Bengals have done a poor job in maintaning their gap discipline the last half of the season. From my seat in the south end zone last Sunday it was interesting to see from that angle how may players were out of place on those long Rice TD runs. If the Bengals do that on Saturday, they are in trouble again.3. Let Dalton and AJ take shots down the field and spread the ball around to Gresham and even Hawkins.The Texans are almost unbeatable when they hold the opposing team under 20 points this season. The Bengals need to score some points and most importantly be effective in the red zone. The Bengals biggest threat to move the ball comes with AJ softening up the defense with big plays. Even if AJ does not catch everything thrown his way, he has to be accounted for and has had several big PI calls benefit from him being targeted. The more effective the Bengals are in getting the Texans off the line of scrimmage, the more they will be able to use Benson, eat up the clock, and get Gresham going underneath. The Bengals have discovered some out of the box ways of spreading defenses out by using Hawkins in the passing game. Also, with end arounds and screens to Hawkins and Green the Bengals can slow down an amped up and overaggressive Texans defense. Don't let the Texans crowd the line of scrimmage, take shots down the field, and spread the ball around, especially on first downs.My prediction:Texans 21 Bengals 17The Bengals just don't have enough consistency right now to play a complete game which is what they will need to do to stop the Texans offense and score enough points to win. Their margin of error has been small all year and it's even smaller in the playoffs. The Texans are the better team and will be benefited by the home crowd. It's going to come down to turnovers. If the Bengals don't get any, which they've struggled with this seasons, they're in trouble. It's been a hell of a season and I am proud of this team regardless!!!! WHO DEY!!!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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