NFL Playoffs Wild Card Betting Predictions: Cincinnati Bengals vs Houston Texans
First week of playoffs folks, we got the wild card round this week with the Houston Texans hosting the traveling Cincinnati Bengals. BetDSI Sportsbook current Live Lines has the Houston Texans as -3 point favorites over the young offense of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Houston Texans are off to the playoffs for the first time since the beginning of their franchise, too bad without their starting QB Matt Schaub due to injury. Rookie QB T.J. Yates has taken over the helm throwing 82 completions on 134 attempts for a sounds 61% completion rating, 949 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. The Texans have had absolutely no problems running the ball this year as Arian Foster ran 278 times for 1224 yards 10 touchdowns, while Ben Tate filled in for him while injured and now complements him greatly as he has 175 attempts for 942 yards and 4 scores. Owen Daniels leads the team in receiving with 54 catches, 677 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Houston’s defense has played with a chip on their shoulder this year getting to the QB for 42 sacks, LB Connor Barwin has a team high 11.5 sacks. With four other players with 5 sacks and another with 4 this team can definitely get to the oppositing quarterback. The Texans also have a astounding 17 interceptions and 13 forced fumbles.
The Cincinnati Bengals look to win their first playoff game in 21 years against the playoff new comvers the Texans. Rookie Quarterback Andy Dalton is definitely legit and regardless how this game ends up the Bengals seem to be set for many years at QB. This season Dalton threw 300 completions on 516 passes for 3398 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Runningback Cedrick Benson barely eclipsed the thousand yard mark with 1067 yards on 273 attempts and 6 touchdowns. Dalton has a big time target for many years to come in rookie receiver A.J. Green who has 65 receptions, 1057 yards and 7 touchdowns this year, TE Jermaine Gresham another young receiving threat has 56 catches 596 yards and 6 scores.
The Bengals owe a huge amount of their success this year to thier defense who has been solid all season. They have a total of 10 interceptions with FS Reggie Nelson leading the way with 4, and 18 total forced fumbles. Cincinnati has three players with six sacks or more with DT Geno Atkins leading the team with 7.5. Linebacker Thomas Howard leads the team in tackles with 99, while Jonathan Fanene was not far behind Atkins with 6.5 sacks on the year.
My Prediction: With two rookie quarterbacks hitting the field in this playoff game, I am going to go with the one with more continuity and experience. That being Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals to win over the less experienced T.J. Yates and the Houston Texans.
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