Bengals vs. Texans Odds
HOUSTON, TX (The Spread) – The NFL Wild Card Weekend kicks off today at 4:30PM ET when the Texans host the Bengals at 4:30PM ET.
CINCINNATI: The Bengals wrapped up their regular season by winning three straight games and seven of their final eight to make the playoffs for the second straight season. In their final two games they beat Pittsburgh and Baltimore, two teams that had given Cincinnati loads of trouble in the past. Andy Dalton completed 10-of-15 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 23-17 victory over the Ravens in Week 17 before giving way to backup Bruce Gradkowski. A.J. Green was also held to two catches for 26 yards while Ben Tate had a team-high three catches for 53 yards. Cincinnati finished 10-6 overall and 9-6-1 against the spread. They covered in three straight games to finish the season and in seven of their final eight contests.
HOUSTON: The Texans limped into the postseason, winning just once in their final four games. They were beaten 28-16 by the Colts in Week 17 as quarterback Matt Schaub completed 24-of-36 passes with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Andre Johnson did catch 12 passes for 141 yards while Arian Foster rushed 16 times for 96 yards and a score. The loss dropped Houston to 12-4 on the season and 9-7 against the spread as it failed to cover in three of its final four games. The loss to Indianapolis also caused the Texans not to clinch home field advantage and a first round bye in the playoffs.
ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Texans are 4.5-point favorites over the Bengals, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 43 points. Cincinnati enters the game with a 10-6 overall record and went 6-2 on the road this year. Houston, meanwhile, finished 12-4 overall and 6-2 at home.
TRENDS: The Bengals are 0-5 against the spread in their last five games versus the Texans, but they're 4-0 against the number in their last four road games. They're also 5-0 ATS in their last five games versus the AFC and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. As for the Texans, they're 11-5-2 against the spread in their last 18 home games but 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
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