NFL Week 12 Capsule – Bengals vs Texans



SERIES LEADER Series tied, 3-3
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 2-5 O’Brien: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 27-10 at Saints W 23-7 at Browns
LAST REG-SEA GAME 12/11/11: Texans 20 at Bengals 19. Houston rookie QB T.J. Yates throws for 300 yards & 2 TDs. Texans TE Owen Daniels has 100 receiving yards & WR Kevin Walter adds receiving TD.
LAST REG-SEA GAME AT SITE 10/26/08: Texans 35, Bengals 6. Houston QB Matt Schaub throws for 280 yards & 3 TDs. Texans WR Andre Johnson records 143 receiving yards & Walter adds 2 receiving TDs, including 39-yarder.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Cin.), 93 (Hou.). XM: 225 (Hou.).


PASSING Dalton: 187-303-2180-11-9-83.2 Mallett: 20-30-211-2-1-95.3
RUSHING Hill (R): 113-556-4.9-5 (T3C) Foster: 161-822 (3L)-5.1-7 (T3L)
RECEIVING Sanu: 44-671-15.3-4
  1. Johnson: 55-631-11.5-1
OFFENSE 346.3 354.4
TAKE/GIVE +1 +8 (T2C)
DEFENSE 385.7 389.5
SACKS Dunlap: 4.5 Watt: 9.5
INTs Iloka: 3 Rolle: 2
PUNTING Huber: 47.4 (3C) Lechler: 46.8
KICKING Nugent: 74 (23/23 PAT; 17/23 FG) Bullock: 79 (25/25 PAT; 18/22 FG)


BENGALS: Last week, QB ANDY DALTON completed 16 of 22 (72.7 pct.) for 220 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 143.9 rating. Bengals are 17-2 (.895) when Dalton has 100+ rating. Has .629 (36-21-1) career win pct., best of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts)…RB JEREMY HILL (Rd. 2, No. 55 overall) rushed for 152 yards on 27 att. (5.6 avg.) last week & is 2nd Bengals rookie with 2 150-yard rush games (PAUL ROBINSON, 1968). Leads NFL rookies in rush yards (556) & is tied for 1st in rush TDs (5). In past 6, RB GIOVANI BERNARD is averaging 85.8 scrim. yards/game (515 total; 398 rush, 117 rec.) with 5 rush TDs…Last week, WR A.J. GREEN led team with 127 rec. yards on 6 catches (21.2 avg.). Has 18 career 100-yard games, tied with CRIS COLLINSWORTH for 4th-most in club history. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,341 rec. yards, 3rd-most in AFC. TE JERMAINE GRESHAM (21) had season-high 2 TDs last week & is 4th TE in club history with 20 career…Since 2012, GENO ATKINS has 20 sacks, 2nd among AFC DTs…TEXANS: In 1st NFL start, QB RYAN MALLETT had 211 pass yards & 2 TDs with 95.3 rating vs. Cle…In 3 career meetings (incl. playoffs), RB ARIAN FOSTER has 430 scrimmage yards (334 rush, 96 rec.) & 3 rush TDs. Needs 100-yard rushing game to surpass PRIEST HOLMES (31) for most ever by undrafted player. Has 100+ yards in 6 of past 8. Since 2010, leads AFC in rush yards (5,628) & rush TDs (49). Last week, RB ALFRED BLUE (Rd. 6, No. 181 overall) had club-record 36 carries for 156 yards, tied for most in game by Hou. rookie (STEVE SLATON)…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (982 rec., 13,292 yards) needs catch to surpass RANDY MOSS (982) for No. 10 all-time & 91 yards to eclipse TORRY HOLT (13,382) for No. 12 all-time. For career, averages 6 rec./game, best in NFL history (min. 100 games). WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS aims for 5th in row with 80+ rec. yards…Last week, DE J.J. WATT became 1st player since 1982 with sack, FF, FR & TD rec. in same game. 1 of 2 players in history with 2 TD rec., INT-TD & FR-TD in season (JAY ARNOLD, 1938).

NFL Week 12 Lines – Houston Slight Home Favorites Vs Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
11/20 8:25 ET Kansas City -7 At Oakland 43
11/23 1:00 ET At Atlanta -3 Cleveland 47
11/23 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -11.5 Tennessee 48
11/23 1:00 ET At New England -7 Detroit 48
11/23 1:00 ET Green Bay -9.5 At Minnesota 48.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -13.5 Jacksonville 50
11/23 1:00 ET At Houston -2 Cincinnati 43.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Buffalo -4.5 NY Jets 40
11/23 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Tampa Bay 46.5
11/23 4:05 ET At Seattle -6.5 Arizona 42
11/23 4:05 ET At San Diego -6 St. Louis 44
11/23 4:25 ET At Denver -7.5 Miami 49.5
11/23 4:25 ET At San Francisco -8.5 Washington 44.5
11/23 8:30 ET Dallas -3.5 At NY Giants 47.5

Monday Night Football Line

11/24 8:30 ET At New Orleans -3.5 Baltimore 49.5

Texans Go Black and Blue On Browns in 23-7 Victory

Houston Texans v Cleveland Browns

The Texans put it all together on Sunday, putting a dominating beat down on both offense and defense on the AFC North first place Cleveland Browns in a 23-7 win in Cleveland.

Alfred Blue, taking the place of the injured Arian Foster, ran for 156 yards on a franchise-record 36 carries, and rookie QB Ryan Mallett making his first career start played well, leading the Texans to 23 points.

“It was fun out there,” Blue said. “I was running the ball behind my offensive line and they were making some great blocks. The receivers were making blocks. It was really like playing in the backyard.”

On defense, J.J. Watt led a punishing effort, in which they harassed Browns QB Brian Hoyer into 30 incomplete passes (20-for-50) with a game sealing pick.

The team also forced a fumble of Browns back Isaiah Crowell late in the second quarter that kept the game tied at seven.

From there, it was Mallett who drove the team quickly downfield, connecting with tight end Garrett Graham from 20 yards out to gave the Texans a 14-7 lead and capped a solid first half.

The second half was all Texans D, as Watt and pal Brian Cushing held the Browns scoreless, and giving the Texans offense plenty of chances to put up points and put the game away.

“First of all, we made it one dimensional,” NT Ryan Pickett said.

“We did a good job on the run, then they hit us with a big play. From that point, we settled down, stopped the run, and then made the game one dimensional.”

Randy Bullock kicked field goals of 46, 37 and 50 yards for the Texans.

Mallett finished 20 of 30, and connected in the first quarter with Watt on a two-yard TD. He’s the first defensive lineman to score four times in a season since 1948.

“It was a great throw,” Watt said of the TD.

“First, you have to give a lot of credit to the offense for getting the ball down there. The did a heck of a job getting it down there. Great throw by (QB Ryan) Mallett. My job was to catch it and it worked out pretty well.”

The 5-5 Texans will host the Bengals next Sunday.

Eagles at Texans NFL Week 9 Inactives

Eagles: QB Matt Barkley, WR Brad Smith, S Nate Allen, OL Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, LB Marcus Smith II, DE Taylor Hart.

Texans: QB Tom Savage, WR DeVier Posey, CB Darryl Morris, ILB Jeff Tarpinian, ILB Brian Cushing, OT Jeff Adams, OLB Jadeveon Clowney.

Texans vs Titans Thursday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB John Simon (ankle), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)
Thursday LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB John Simon (ankle), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)
Wednesday LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), RB Arian Foster (not injury related), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), LB Mike Mohamed (calf)
Thursday LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee)
Wednesday LB Akeem Dent (wrist), DE Tim Jamison (groin), DT Jerrell Powe (shoulder)
Thursday LB Akeem Dent (wrist), DE Tim Jamison (groin), LB Mike Mohamed (calf), DT Jerrell Powe (shoulder)
Practice Report
Wednesday LB Quentin Groves (ankle), CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee)
Thursday LB Quentin Groves (ankle), CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee)
Wednesday RB Shonn Greene (hamstring), QB Jake Locker (right hand), DE Ropati Pitoitua (hand), TE Taylor Thompson (knee)
Thursday RB Shonn Greene (hamstring), QB Jake Locker (right hand), DE Ropati Pitoitua (hand), TE Taylor Thompson (knee)


Video: Hammerin’ Hank’s Picks – Houston vs Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh v Texans

Hank Goldberg and Erin Sharoni have you covered for the Monday night game between the Texans and Steelers.

Friday Texans vs Steelers Injury Report

Pittsburgh Steelers v Carolina Panthers

Practice Report
Thursday LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Brooks Reed (groin)
Friday CB Darryl Morris (ankle), C Chris Myers (not injury related)
Thursday RB Arian Foster (groin), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (calf), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)
Friday LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (calf), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)
Thursday G Brandon Brooks (illness), WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand), DE Tim Jamison (groin), T Derek Newton (elbow), DE J.J. Watt (thigh)
Friday G Brandon Brooks (illness), RB Arian Foster (groin), WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand), DE Tim Jamison (groin), T Derek Newton (elbow), DE J.J. Watt (thigh)
Practice Report
Thursday DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm)
Friday DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm)
Thursday RB Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), S Michael Mitchell (knee), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related)
Friday S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
Thursday DE Cameron Heyward (ankle), LB Ryan Shazier (knee), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
Friday RB Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), S Michael Mitchell (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (knee)
Friday DE Cameron Heyward (ankle), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related)

Colts Fast Start Dooms Texans in 33-28 Setback for Houston

Indianapolis Colts v Houston Texans

J.J. Watt did all that he could, but in the end it wasn’t enough as the Colts escaped Thursday night with a big 33-28 win over the Texans in Houston to drop the Texans to 3-3.

Watt returned a fumble for a touchdown to cut the at one-point huge lead for the Colts to five, but it was as close as they could get as they dropped their second straight.

The Texans had two opportunities to take the lead late, but the Colts recovered fumbles by Andre Johnson and Ryan Fitzpatrick in the last five minutes to seal the win.

The game looked like a laugher after the first 15 minutes, as the Colts offense dominated with three TD’s and a field goal in the opening quarter to lead it 24-0.

Colts QB Andrew Luck finished with 370 yards passing and three touchdowns for his fourth straight 300-yard passing game. T.Y. Hilton had a career-high 223 yards receiving with a touchdown, including 140 yards in the first quarter.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien didn’t seem to be able to figure out why the team seemed to start the contest in sleepwalk mode.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We haven’t started well yet so got to try to figure it out.”

It was another dominant night for Watt, who was a bright spot with two sacks and two passes batted down. He also had the key fumble return for a touchdown of 45 yards, his third score this season.

“He’s a great, great player,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s one of the most dominant players in the game right now. He’ll go down as one of the best defensive players … to play the game.”

The loss though could have been different if the team would have executed in the final five minutes. Johnson, who had scored earlier, was called for pass interference, and then two plays later caught a 13-yard pass and fumbled.

The final Texans chance saw Bjoern Werner sack Fitzpatrick and stripped the ball, and D’Qwell Jackson recovered to seal the Colts win.