Cincinnati Bengals vs Houston Texans News & Picks
Cincinnati Bengals vs Houston Texans Odds
|Cincinnati Bengals||+7½ -110||46 -110 O||TBP|
|Houston Texans||-7½ -110||46 -110 U||TBP|
**Odds as of 12/24**
Against the Spread (Devlin Duckett)
The Cincinnati Bengals stunned the NFL world when they defeated the mighty Steelers 27-17 on MNF last week. Now the Bengals are eight-point underdogs in a road game vs. the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Neither team is eligible for the playoffs, but this Texans team is much better than it’s record reflects. Houston has lost three consecutive contests, but two of them were one-score affairs vs Indianapolis that could’ve gone either way. Texans’ QB Deshaun Watson has been playing phenomenally lately, throwing for 300+ yards in four of his last five games. Watson has fired nine touchdown strikes during that span, and is enjoying the highest passer rating (110.6) of his career. The Bengals’ victory over the Steelers was a fluke. The Houston defense can hone in on RB Giovani Bernard and terrorize QB Ryan Finley. It’s possible that Finley will have some success against the Texans’ passing D, but the Bengals won’t stop Watson. Houston handles its business and covers. Texans 30, Bengals 20
Over/Under (Zack Robinson)
Yes, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they are still the Bengals, who have Ryan Finley under center and veteran Giovani Bernard carrying the load from the backfield.
Lately, A.J. Green has been playing better, but he’s no longer the team’s No. 1 receiver. That title belongs to Tyler Boyd (leads the team with 840 yards).
The Bengals average 19.4 points per game (third worst in the league) and the total has gone under in four of their last five games when playing on the road against Houston.
DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans’ season dreams are over, but there’s no doubt that Watson remains as a very promising QB.
Keke Coutee has been his No. 1 target since Will Fuller got suspended, and Watson is carrying the load on the ground (394 rushing yards).
The Texans average 22.5 points per game and the total has gone under in six of their last seven games at home. Go under.