Scottishbengal Posted January 7, 2012 Report Share Posted January 7, 2012 Here we go ... the playoffs have arrived! Cincinnati are undoubtedly a surprise participant after the roster upheavels of the close season and although they will be underdogs in this, and any preceeding games, it's very much a case of Any Given Sunday (or even Saturday).The teams match up fairly well as was borne out in Week 14 with a 20-19 Texnas victory being stolen in the final seconds.The Bengals gain 320yds per game (209 pass, 111 rush)The Texans allow 286yds per game (190 pass, 96 rush)Texans gain 372yds per game (219 pass, 153 rush)Bengals allow 316yds per game (211 pass, 105 rush)From the above averages you'd expect the Texans to hit 340yds (215 pass, 125 rush) and the Bengals 305yds (200 pass, 105 rush) so slight edge to TexansThe Bengals score an ave 21 points per game and allow 20. The Texans score an ave 23 and allow 17. Another close game with a FG or single score the difference. Slight edge to Texans.3rd down conversions are going to be critical in keeping possession thus keeping opposition D on the field and controlling the clock. Bengals convert 36% and Texans allow 36% to be converted. Houston themselves convert 41% whilst the Bengals allow 36% conversion. On paper this stat is going to be as close as the points score with a very slight edge to Texans.The Texans have racked up 2166 rushing yards and 14 TDs between Foster and Tate.The Bengals have gained 1447 yards and 9 TDs between Benson and Scott.Edge to Texans.Green & Simpson have caught for a combined 1782 yards and 11TDs whereas Daniels & Foster are a combined 1294 yards and 5 TDs. Big edge to Bengals.Dalton has put up 3398 passing yards and 20TDs whereas Yates has stepped into the breech due to injuries and fired up 949 yards and 3 TDs. Big edge to Bengals.The Bengals, although boasting a good road record this season have never won a play-off game outside of Cincinnati and the Texans have home field advantage so edge to Texans.Although the majority of the stats leans to favour Houston I can see the Bengals winning this one. If Cincy can block up Houstons running game they will force Yates to try and beat them through the air and I can see Dunlap and Atkins having some success getting him on the turf. Stop the run, limit 3rd down conversions, put an end to the needless penalties and the Bengals could win this by a couple of scores.My prediction ..... Houston 17 Bengals 27Wherever you are I hope you enjoy the game. WHODEY!!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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