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Section516
12-07-2011, 01:35 PM
QB- Bengals
HB - Texans
WR - Texans
OL - Texans
DL - Bengals
LB - Texans
DB - Texans
ST - Texans
Coach - Texans

Final - 14 Texans Beganls 10

1. Keep the momentum going: T.J. Yates didn't play poorly as the Texans edged Atlanta 17-10 last week in a hard-fought game. The Bengals were abused from the outset in Pittsburgh last week and were dominated in all phases of the game. Cincinnati has been decent on special teams this year, but last week in Pittsburgh, the Bengals were destroyed in that facet. The Bengals also took far too many costly penalties. Houston has been outstanding with turnover differential this year.

2. Get Benson carries: The Bengals were effective running the ball last week, averaging 4.7 yards per attempt, but they were unable to stick with it due to the nature of the game. Cedric Benson is the type of runner who needs a lot of carries to be most effective. Houston is unlikely to score a lot of points, so Benson should have ample opportunity. But Cincinnati's run blockers must be very aware of the Texans' aggressive defense, which features a lot of slanting and blitzing along with pre-snap movement.

3. Get after Dalton: The Texans are one of the best pass-rushing defenses in the league, but Bengals QB Andy Dalton shows great poise in the pocket. Dalton is wise beyond his years in terms of blitz recognition and getting the ball out of his hand in a timely manner, but this will be another steep test for the rookie signal-caller. Antonio Smith and J.J. Watt are really playing well at defensive end in Houston's penetrating 3-4 scheme. Both can rush the passer from the inside, particularly Smith.

4. Exploit Cincinnati's secondary: With Bengals CB Leon Hall out of the lineup, Texans WR Andre Johnson could find matchups very much to his liking. But Johnson, who injured his hamstring last week, might not play. The Bengals have allowed a ton of receiving yards to opposing wideouts and are very light overall at cornerback right now as Nate Clements was inactive last week. This is a great opportunity for a Texans receiver to step up if Johnson is unavailable. Because of the status of the Bengals' secondary, Yates will see more zone coverage from Cincinnati. Still, the Bengals' defense does a good job disguising coverage.

5. Matchup to watch: Texans RB Arian Foster vs. Bengals ILB Rey Maualuga: Maualuga has a ton of ability, but doesn't make as many plays as that skill set would indicate, while Foster is one of the best all-around running backs in the league. It is also safe to say that Ben Tate will have a prominent role as a bal -carrier as well. The Bengals have really struggled to stop the run in the red zone, which could come into play in a matchup such as this. Houston ran for 162 yards while dominating time of possession against a very good Falcons run defense in Week 13.

6. Feed Gresham: Quarterbacks are putting up miniscule numbers against Houston, but the Texans had a very tough time slowing down Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez last week. Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham finally looks comfortable and his role continues to grow in the Bengals' offense. Gresham's talent is unmistakable. The Bengals have been exceptional passing in the red zone, which is a real testament to Dalton's abilities. That could be where Gresham makes his mark in this game.

7. Keep up with Houston's O-line: Led by center Chris Myers and right tackle Eric Winston, the Texans probably have the best offensive line in the NFL, particularly when it comes to run blocking in their zone blocking scheme. Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap, who has battled injuries, was inactive last week and isn't a full-time player, but when he does see the field, he is very impressive -- particularly as a pass-rusher. And Geno Atkins is one of the elite interior pass-rushers in the league. Cincinnati cannot allow Houston to control this game in the trenches with an untested quarterback behind center.

8. Take away Daniels:Owen Daniels and the other Texans' tight ends could find this a difficult matchup, as Cincinnati has been superb in limiting production to opposing tight ends. But if Johnson can't go this week or is severely limited, Daniels becomes Houston's best option in the passing game. Also, look for the Texans to feature a lot of two- and even three-tight end sets.

9. Get Green the ball: Bengals rookie A.J. Green is a difference-maker at receiver, but this week is a very difficult matchup for the star rookie. Green has amazing ball skills and is already among the best in the league a going up and getting the football. Dalton has great confidence in Green's ability to come down with the ball, particularly near the goal line. Green is also a superb deep threat, and while Dalton doesn't have an elite arm, he is accurate downfield. Cincinnati will take a few shots deep every game -- often off play-action -- which Dalton sells well. Former Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph will most likely get the task of covering Green, but the Texans might chose to put Joseph, their best cover man, on Jerome Simpson and double Green.

10. Matchup to watch: Bengals offensive tackles vs. Texans outside linebackers: Cincinnati left tackle Andrew Whitworth is one of the best in the business and right tackle Andre Smith is much improved this season. Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin have filled in extremely well for the edge pass rush that was lost with Mario Williams' injury. But Houston was unable to get to Matt Ryan last week. Cincinnati allowed

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thunderkyss
12-07-2011, 01:43 PM
QB- Bengals
HB - Texans
WR - Texans
OL - Texans
DL - Bengals Really?
LB - Texans
DB - Texans
ST - Texans
Coach - Texans

Final - 14 Texans Beganls 10
5. Matchup to watch: Texans RB Arian Foster vs. Bengals ILB Rey Maualuga: Maualuga has a ton of ability, but doesn't make as many plays as that skill set would indicate, while Foster is one of the best all-around running backs in the league. It is also safe to say that Ben Tate will have a prominent role as a bal -carrier as well. The Bengals have really struggled to stop the run in the red zone, which could come into play in a matchup such as this. Houston ran for 162 yards while dominating time of possession against a very good Falcons run defense in Week 13.

I'm not seeing this match-up at all. Myers is going to be matched up against Maualuga, that's the way our Zone works. Arian is going to be playing against some unknown member of the Bengal's secondary.

8. Take away Daniels:Owen Daniels and the other Texans' tight ends could find this a difficult matchup, as Cincinnati has been superb in limiting production to opposing tight ends. But if Johnson can't go this week or is severely limited, Daniels becomes Houston's best option in the passing game. Also, look for the Texans to feature a lot of two- and even three-tight end sets.

This is true. If they're watching OD, they're sleeping on Dressen & Casey... there's got to be some hay to be made there. & if they braket him with three players, TJ can make them think twice about it with a bomb to Jj... if Jj catches just one of them, it's over.

ObsiWan
12-07-2011, 02:19 PM
QB- Bengals
HB - Texans
WR - Texans
OL - Texans
DL - Bengals
LB - Texans
DB - Texans
ST - Texans
Coach - Texans

Final - 14 Texans Beganls 10

10. Matchup to watch: Bengals offensive tackles vs. Texans outside linebackers: Cincinnati left tackle Andrew Whitworth is one of the best in the business and right tackle Andre Smith is much improved this season. Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin have filled in extremely well for the edge pass rush that was lost with Mario Williams' injury. But Houston was unable to get to Matt Ryan last week. Cincinnati allowed another 3-4 outside linebacker, James Harrison (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4433/james-harrison), to record three sacks last week.


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Finished it for ya.

Also corrected this:
7. Keep up with Houston's O-line: Led by center Chris Myers and left tackle Duane Brown, the Texans probably have the best offensive line in the NFL, particularly when it comes to run blocking in their zone blocking scheme. Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap, who has battled injuries, was inactive last week and isn't a full-time player, but when he does see the field, he is very impressive -- particularly as a pass-rusher. And Geno Atkins is one of the elite interior pass-rushers in the league. Cincinnati cannot allow Houston to control this game in the trenches with an untested quarterback behind center.

DocBar
12-07-2011, 08:28 PM
One good thing about Yates' 1st road start is that Cinci has already announced that this game will be blacked out. He won't have to deal with a rowdy and loud crowd like Ryan did last Sunday.
If the Texans just play their game, they should win this game. As has been mentioned: Cinci beats teams with losing records and loses to teams with winning records.
1 and oh this Sunday.

SheTexan
12-08-2011, 07:08 AM
One good thing about Yates' 1st road start is that Cinci has already announced that this game will be blacked out. He won't have to deal with a rowdy and loud crowd like Ryan did last Sunday.
If the Texans just play their game, they should win this game. As has been mentioned: Cinci beats teams with losing records and loses to teams with winning records.
1 and oh this Sunday.


What makes you think it won't be loud? Just because they didn't sell out doesn't mean it won't be loud!! Kubiak even made a comment about how loud the fans in Cincy can be. As for fan noise, this will be a true test for TJ, IMHO, and I think he will pass with flying colors!

CloakNNNdagger
12-08-2011, 02:35 PM
What makes you think it won't be loud? Just because they didn't sell out doesn't mean it won't be loud!! Kubiak even made a comment about how loud the fans in Cincy can be. As for fan noise, this will be a true test for TJ, IMHO, and I think he will pass with flying colors!

You may be right. But tickets sold for this game has not reached 50,000 yet. Attendance figures are reported based on tickets sold. In the past, how many games have we all attended to see a large chunk of seats empty......and the attendance flashed on the screen the numbers for a "sold out attendance?" A friend of mine in Cincy has told me that a couple of their games were probably attended by 40,000 if lucky. Likely, the only way the stadium is loud is if crowd noise is pumped in. I remember a power ranking of nfl stadiums was taken a couple years ago........Cincinnati's open stadium was in the lowest 2 0r 3.

TejasTom
12-08-2011, 07:45 PM
What makes you think it won't be loud?

We score early and often and it won't be loud!

thunderkyss
12-08-2011, 08:13 PM
We score early and often and it won't be loud!

You know, I used to think I knew this team. I used to predict scores & stats with the guys that like to do that sort of thing. Used to talk crap about how so&so was going to do this or our whatever was going to do that.

This year, this team is like a stranger to me. I've got no idea who they are.

You'd think we'll follow our game plan from the last 6 games; pound the rock, pound the QB, win the game.

But I wouldn't be surprised if TJ has a coming out party in Cincinnati.

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DocBar
12-08-2011, 08:20 PM
What makes you think it won't be loud? Just because they didn't sell out doesn't mean it won't be loud!! Kubiak even made a comment about how loud the fans in Cincy can be. As for fan noise, this will be a true test for TJ, IMHO, and I think he will pass with flying colors!It's an open air stadium filled to less than capacity. It won't be anything like Relaint was Sunday. I might go to the game, so I'll let ya know.
The point of my post is that this will be as Texan-friendly a test as Yates could expect going into a road game against a team fighting for the playoffs.

ObsiWan
12-08-2011, 08:24 PM
You know, I used to think I knew this team. I used to predict scores & stats with the guys that like to do that sort of thing. Used to talk crap about how so&so was going to do this or our whatever was going to do that.

This year, this team is like a stranger to me. I've got no idea who they are.


Rod asks...
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTtpJnQ-kumMZdfcprSwxKdW2OUP9R38ZcVeJoPXGHf89qwVLMy

What's not to understand?

QB75
12-08-2011, 08:31 PM
I think this is likely to be the first let-down game. The last two weeks have been so surprisingly good that I have the feeling that the team is getting a little over confident. It's a little extreme to have a "who cares" attitude with a rookie QB and Andre out again.

The Bengals need a win badly and they are at home.

DocBar
12-08-2011, 08:57 PM
I think this is likely to be the first let-down game. The last two weeks have been so surprisingly good that I have the feeling that the team is getting a little over confident. It's a little extreme to have a "who cares" attitude with a rookie QB and Andre out again.

The Bengals need a win badly and they are at home.I don't think anybody is really looking past this game. I think we're finally understanding that this team is turning a corner and can win tough games. Besides, i agree with TK. Yates just might have a break out game on Sunday.

WesHighTower
12-09-2011, 03:27 PM
looks like our first cold game of the season. temps likely to be in the mid to low 30s. I'm not expecting much from our passing game. We will live or die by the run.

thunderkyss
12-09-2011, 03:56 PM
looks like our first cold game of the season. temps likely to be in the mid to low 30s. I'm not expecting much from our passing game. We will live or die by the run.

Our running game is our passing game. If the running game is on, we'll stretch the field.

Besides, cold whether doesn't affect the passing game. Precipitation does, especially when it is cold.

infantrycak
12-09-2011, 04:06 PM
Our running game is our passing game. If the running game is on, we'll stretch the field.

Besides, cold whether doesn't affect the passing game. Precipitation does, especially when it is cold.

Yup. Matt Schaub holds the record for passing yards (414 yds) by a visiting QB at Lambeau field and the air temp was about 12 degrees.

Texn4life
12-09-2011, 10:27 PM
I've been holding out on making any predictions on this game, but after thinking about it all week I think we win this game. The Bengals biggest win at home was 27-17 without Addai starting. It was 20-17 and the Colts actually were driving with a chance to win the game when they gave up a freak fumble return for a touchdown.

The biggest key like most weeks in the NFL is ball security. If we don't shoot ourselves in the foot then we have a good chance. Matt Turk will have to at least be decent in this game too because field position could be key. I mentioned before the Atlanta start how Yates had a tendency to struggle with progression in college and it led to some poor footwork at times. Which would lead with poor throws. That's exactly what happened on the INT for a TD. Other than that his footwork was AWESOME. If he keeps that up then I don't see him being forced into too many turnovers.

Andy Dalton also is prone to batted balls, and you know our D-Line up front will be well aware of that. This will be a nice test for our team and I think they'll respond very well to it.

Grams
12-10-2011, 08:41 AM
Rod asks...
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTtpJnQ-kumMZdfcprSwxKdW2OUP9R38ZcVeJoPXGHf89qwVLMy

What's not to understand?

At the beginning of the year, with Manning out, Gerrard released, and the Titans with a new coaching staff, QB and CJ holding out, some sports analysis said if the Texans don't win their division they never will.

It looked easy - all we needed was the defense to be better than the previous years. But a lot of people were saying that it takes till the 2nd year of a new defense to really gel.

The the Football Gods decended. Whatever Houston did to anger these guys, we may never know. The injuries and players on IR started mounting, but still we persevered. Next man up! Then more injuries our stating QB goes down - ok we have a veteran backup - no problem. Then the backup goes down.
Oh my of my the Football Gods are working overtime. They are really, really pissed at the Texans.

But the Gods of Destiny steps in. Every time the Football Gods try something to stop us, the God of Destiny overrule them and give us something or someone to fill the void created.

We overcome, adapt, improvise. Next man up. We refuse to lose. We play as a team, not depending on one guy. We have each others back.

This is a football team, one we have been waiting for a very long, long time. It is finally here in Houston and I am enjoying the ride. It is a lot of fun watching the defense play for the first time. Scary to think that the defense will be better in year 2 of Wade's 3-4.

13-3 This is our year. Could be 16-3. Won't be easy but it is very doable.

:koolaid::fans::koolaid:

thunderkyss
12-10-2011, 09:49 AM
The the Football Gods decended. Whatever Houston did to anger these guys, we may never know. The injuries and players on IR started mounting, but still we persevered. Next man up! Then more injuries our stating QB goes down - ok we have a veteran backup - no problem. Then the backup goes down.
Oh my of my the Football Gods are working overtime. They are really, really pissed at the Texans.


The more I think about it, I think the Football Gods & the Gods of Houston are duking it out.

The Gods of Houston are pleased that sons of Houston (Kubiak & Wade) are in charge & leading the effort of their football team.

But the Football Gods don't want to see Houston with any relevance.


The Gods of Houston appear to be winning so far.

beerlover
12-10-2011, 10:12 AM
some insider - 4. Exploit Cincinnati's secondary: With Bengals CB Leon Hall out of the lineup, Texans WR Andre Johnson could find matchups very much to his liking. [yeah if he wasn't a SCRATCH] But Johnson, who injured his hamstring last week [again? say it ain't so], might not play.[can you confirm this?] The Bengals have allowed a ton of receiving yards to opposing wideouts and are very light overall at cornerback right now as Nate Clements was inactive last week. This is a great opportunity for a Texans receiver [who?]to step up if Johnson is unavailable. Because of the status of the Bengals' secondary, Yates will see more zone coverage from Cincinnati. Still, the Bengals' defense does a good job disguising coverage.

very informative, top this off Walters is sick & Yates is in his first start in hostile territory, doesn't exactly have a whole set of marbles to play with :kitten: yes Jacoby I'm talking about you. Then there is the timeless wonder Mason & the OTHER Johnson who never sees the field. Color me Mr. Doubtful, but Yates options are pretty much limited to handing it off or dumping it down to Foster & using Daniels & Dreessen to pick apart a depleted Bengal secondary? really great scouting report guys :sarcasm:

hradhak
12-11-2011, 09:54 AM
I don't think Yates is going to be asked to make too many throws this week. I'd be surprised if he crosses the 25 mark from last week. Cincy's run defense is not as good as Atlanta's and has been gashed at times this year. Keep running the ball with Arian and Tate and pass when you can catch em off guard. Our defense has to get better more hits than they did last week (although they got good pressure). I think Dalton will make some mistakes, especially when he's under pressure.

thunderkyss
12-11-2011, 12:02 PM
I don't think Yates is going to be asked to make too many throws this week. I'd be surprised if he crosses the 25 mark from last week. Cincy's run defense is not as good as Atlanta's and has been gashed at times this year. Keep running the ball with Arian and Tate and pass when you can catch em off guard. Our defense has to get better more hits than they did last week (although they got good pressure). I think Dalton will make some mistakes, especially when he's under pressure.

The better the running game, the better our chances of throwing, that's the way this team has been rolling.

A little different than Schaub throwing 40 times to keep us in a game. If they can't stop our run, it's going to open up the middle & deep parts of the field. Tj has shown so much poise & such good accuracy, it would be a shame not to let him air it out.

I know most people would think Jacoby is the obvious deep threat, but I think the word "obvious" should be the clue... other teams will cue in on the obvious & KDub will get his second 50 yard pass reception.

drs23
12-11-2011, 12:18 PM
The better the running game, the better our chances of throwing, that's the way this team has been rolling.

A little different than Schaub throwing 40 times to keep us in a game. If they can't stop our run, it's going to open up the middle & deep parts of the field. Tj has shown so much poise & such good accuracy, it would be a shame not to let him air it out.

I know most people would think Jacoby is the obvious deep threat, but I think the word "obvious" should be the clue... other teams will cue in on the obvious & KDub will get his second 50 yard pass reception.

Yes I do think it's obvious. And that's exactly why it'll happen. Look for #12 to have a big day and the *Jacoby haters* thread to be Resurrected. By whom, I've not a clue. :worm:

drunkcookie
12-11-2011, 12:24 PM
I don't see Cincy having to best d-line here... If anything it's a draw...

As for the cold weather it's really a non-issue... Just another thing for talking heads to talk about... It won't be raining and there's no advantage for Cincy being used to cold weather or anything... Hell, Dalton played in Katy in HS and his college ball in Texas as well, this is his first year up there... Watt played his ball in Wisconsin and Barwin played his college ball in Cincy, HS in Detroit... JJo staryed his career in Cincy... Basically it really doesn't matter...

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