NFL Week 16 Preview: Bengals travel to Houston to take on the Texans at 1 PM

CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-10-1)
AT HOUSTON TEXANS (4-10)

WEEK 16 // SUNDAY, DEC. 27, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

ON THE AIRWAVES:

TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): TBD
SIRIUS: 108 (Cin), 136 (Hou) | XM: 385 (Cin), 230 (Hou)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 6-4
STREAKS: Texans have won past 3
LAST GAME: 9/14/17: Texans 13 at Bengals 9
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/24/16: Texans 12, Bengals 10

CINCINNATI BENGALS LEADERS

W 27-17 vs. Pittsburgh LAST WEEK

Zac Taylor: 0-0 COACH VS. OPP.

19.4/25.3 PTS. FOR/AGAINST

312.9 OFFENSE

Ryan Finley: 17-32-164-1-2-52.1 PASSING

Giovani Bernard: 105-344-3.3-3 RUSHING

Tyler Boyd: 78-840-10.8-4 RECEIVING

372.4 DEFENSE

Carl Lawson: 5.5 SACKS

Jessie Bates: 3 INTs

-7 (15/22) TAKE/GIVE

Kevin Huber: 47.2 (42.7) PUNTING (NET)

Randy Bullock: 87 (24/25 PAT; 21/26 FG) KICKING

BENGALS NOTES

• QB RYAN FINLEY passed for 89 yards with TD vs. 0 INTs for
career-high 101.1 rating & rushed for 47 yards & TD in 1stcareer win as starter last week.
• RB GIOVANI BERNARD had season-high 97 scrimmage yards
(83 rush, 14 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 2nd game
with 2 TDs this season. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3
career games vs. Hou. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South
with rush TD. Has 633 scrimmage yards this season (275 rec.,
261 rush) & is 1 of 2 RBs (FRANK GORE) with 400+ scrimmage
yards in each of past 8 seasons.
• WR TYLER BOYD aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC South with 5+
catches & 50+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row on road with
70+ rec. yards. WR A.J. GREEN aims for 3rd in row with 40 rec.
yards. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Hou. with 5+ catches & 50+
rec. yards. Had 12 catches for 121 yards in his last game at Hou
(11/23/14). Aims for his 4th in row on road vs. AFC South with
90+ rec. yards. Rookie WR TEE HIGGINS aims for his 4th in row
vs. AFC South with 75+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec.
yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Ranks 3rd among rookies with
61 catches & 809 rec. yards.
• S JESSIE BATES had 5 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in
row with PD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with INT. S
VONN BELL had 7 tackles, TFL & FF in Week 15. Aims for 6th in
row with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with
PD. CB MACKENSIE ALEXANDER had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st INT of
season last week. LB JOSH BYNES had season-high 9 tackles &
had FR last week. DE CARL LAWSON had sack & FF in Week 15.

HOUSTON TEXANS LEADERS

LAST WEEK L 27-20 at Indianapolis

COACH VS. OPP. Romeo Crennel: 2-7

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 22.5/27.6

OFFENSE 361.4

PASSING Deshaun Watson: 330-472-4134-27-6-110.6

RUSHING David Johnson: 121-479-4.0-4

RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 63-843-13.4-3

DEFENSE 402.6

SACKS J.J. Watt: 5.0

INTs Many tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -8 (8/16)

PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 46.6 (42.1)

KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 97 (31/33 PAT; 22/26 FG)

TEXANS NOTES

• QB DESHAUN WATSON set season highs in completions (33),
comp. pct. (80.5) & pass yards (373) & had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for
120.8 rating last week, his 10th game with 100+ rating this
season, tied 2nd-most in NFL. Passed for 125 yards & rushed
for 67 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD
passes & 105+ rating in 4 of past 5 at home.
• RB DAVID JOHNSON set career highs in catches (11) & rec. yards
(106) last week. Had 156 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 65 rec.) in his
last game vs. Cin. (10/6/19 with Az.). Aims for his 3rd in row at
home with TD. RB DUKE JOHNSON has 75+ scrimmage yards in
2 of his past 3. Had 6 catches for 54 yards in his last game vs.
Cin. (12/23/18 with Cle.).
• WR BRANDIN COOKS aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 50+
rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North.
Aims for his 5th in row at home with 60+ rec. yards. WR KEKE
COUTEE had 5 catches for 53 yards & TD last week. Aims for
3rd in row with rec. TD. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of
past 3. WR CHAD HANSEN had 1st-career TD catch in Week 15.
Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE JORDAN AKINS had
5 catches for 50 yards last week.
• DE J.J. WATT had TFL last week. Has 7 TFL in his past 3 at home.
Has TFL in 3 of 4 career games vs. Cin. DE CHARLES OMENIHU
had sack in Week 15. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC North with
sack. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 10 tackles & TFL last week.
Aims for 7th in row with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL. Leads
NFL with 136 tackles. LB TYRELL ADAMS led team with 11 tackles
& had TFL last week. Has 11+ tackles in 3 of past 4.

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