Bengals vs. Texans Preview and Predictions

Check AI Computer Pick For NFL. | 10 DAYS FREE TRIAL

A welcomed change at quarterback kept the Houston Texans in the driver's seat in the AFC South, and they can clinch to the division crown with a win and some help this weekend. The Texans will try to take care of their own business when Tom Savage gets the start under center against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday.

Houston coach Bill O'Brien benched $72 million quarterback Brock Osweiler with his team trailing against Jacksonville last week and watched Savage bring the Texans back from a 12-point deficit for a 21-20 win that kept them in a tie for first place in the AFC South with Tennessee, although they own the tiebreaker by virtue of their 5-0 record in the division. "He's a very consistent person," O'Brien told reporters after naming Savage the starter on Monday. "He's been the same guy as far as his personality and how he approaches his day-to-day workload since he arrived here. ... He's always trying to do something to prepare, and I think as far as leadership in the huddle, he communicates the play well. He can throw the football, and that more than anything can spark a team." The Bengals are playing out the string after officially being eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to rival Pittsburgh last week. "It gets you upset, and you stay upset," Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis told reporters. "It doesn't sit well. Unfortunately, I've got a little bit longer to be upset than in the past. Whenever the final day comes, unless you're the last one standing, you're always upset with it. That's the way it is."

TV: 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network. LINE: Texans -1.5. O/U: 41

ABOUT THE BENGALS (5-8-1): Cincinnati still has a chance to play spoiler with games left against the Texans and Baltimore in the final two weeks, and Lewis is not considering resting the starters. "No. No," Lewis told reporters. "Our thought is to win these last two football games with the best players we can put out there to play, and that's what we owe to everybody. This isn't junior high school." Included in that is Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, who sat out the last four games with a hamstring injury but returned to practice this week and could play on Saturday.

Osweiler is last among 31 qualifying quarterbacks with an average of 5.75 yards per attempt and tied for second in the league with 16 interceptions, prompting O'Brien to make the change and tell reporters, "We don't make decisions on how much a guy gets paid." Savage threw for 260 yards and averaged 7.2 per attempt in his chance against the Jaguars and is prepared for the opportunity to start again. "I'm always, each week going in there, prepared be the starter," Savage told reporters. "That's kind of the mindset I always have, just so when those situations come, you're not startled, you're ready to go in there and make some plays for the team."


1. Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) is questionable for Saturday.

2. Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) was the only player missing from practice Thursday and is day-to-day.

3. Houston DE Jadeveon Clowney is the team's lone Pro Bowl representative.

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Invalid argument supplied for foreach()

Filename: previews/preview_box_prediction.php

Line Number: 22

Need Help Beating Your Sportsbook? Get $60 in Free Premium Member Only picks from Doc's Sports Service, one of the most trusted names in handicapping since 1971! No salesmen and no obligations!
Click Here. Click Here.

News Breaking News

News Recaps

Key Players to Watch


NRG Stadium
Houston, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 71,500

Buy Tickets

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans

BUY from USD 71.00

Average: USD 243.00 Highest: USD 1585.00 BUY from USD 71.00

Last Injuries

Houston Texans

  • A.J. Moore Jr.

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Moore has been placed on the injured reserve list with a left hamstring injury, and it is uncertain when he will be activated.

  • Peter Kalambayi

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kalambayi has been held out of the previous two games due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday versus the Vikings.

  • Duke Johnson

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Johnson has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, and he it is unclear if he will be ready for Sunday's matchup against the Vikings.

  • Jonathan Greenard

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Greenard has sat out the past three games due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Zach Cunningham

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cunningham exited the last game due to a leg injury, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday against the Vikings.

  • Laremy Tunsil

    Prob Sun | probable

    Tunsil is dealing with an elbow injury, but he is projected to line up against the Steelers on Sunday.

  • J.J. Watt

    Prob Sun | probable

    Watt has a groin injury, but he is likely to face the Steelers on Sunday.

  • Kenny Stills

    Prob Sun | probable

    Stills is suffering from an unspecified illness, but he is expected to take the field against the Steelers on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Austin Calitro

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Calitro will be on the injured reserve for an extended period due to a hamstring injury.

  • Logan Wilson

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Wilson is experiencing concussion-like symptoms, and it is undetermined if he will be active against the Jaguars on Sunday.

  • Geno Atkins

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Atkins has sat out the past three games due to a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Sunday versus the Jaguars.

  • Mackensie Alexander

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Alexander is bothered by a rib injury, and it is unknown if he will be available for Sunday's clash with the Jaguars.

  • Mike Daniels

    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Daniels was held out of the previous game with a groin injury, and it is unlikely that he will suit up Sunday versus the Eagles.

  • LeShaun Sims

    Prob Sun | probable

    Sims has been absent from the lineup during the last two games due to a personal matter, but he is likely to take the field against the Eagles on Sunday.

  • Shawn Williams

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Williams has missed the last two games with a calf injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Sunday against the Eagles.

  • C.J. Uzomah

    I-R | I-R

    Uzomah has hit the injured reserve list a torn right Achilles.