Heading into Week 17, the Houston Texans were in the driver’s seat, needing either a win or a loss by the New England Patriots or Denver Broncos to clinch a bye in the first round. As it turned out, the Patriots won, the Broncos won and the Texans lose their third game in four weeks.
The Bengals, on the other hand, come into the Wild Card matchup red hot. Cincinnati has won seven of their last eight games—its only loss coming against the Dallas Cowboys, 20-19. The Bengals have momentum on their side to say the least.
Taking down Houston won’t be an easy task, though. Matt Schaub and Arian Foster are two of the top duos in the NFL, and oh yeah, the Texans defense speaks for itself.
Even with the odds against Cincinnati, the Bengals can pull off a victory to advance to the divisional round. Here are five ways that they can do that.