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Cincinnati Bengals vs Houston Texans: 5 Keys to the Game for Cincinnati
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For the second consecutive season, the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Houston to compete against the third-seeded Texans.  For over two-thirds of the season, the Texans were thought to be the most complete team in the league, dominating pretty much every opponent as they went.

Now, the tides have turned for both teams.  Cincinnati finished 7-1 after a dismal 3-5 start, making it one of the league's hottest teams.  Meanwhile, Houston has limped into the postseason, dropping three of its final four games, as it did last season.  Some call this game a lock for Houston, but don't be so sure.

The Texans have shown some significant weaknesses over the past few weeks, and Cincinnati could be the team to capitalize on those weaknesses.  Here are some keys that the Bengals must keep their eyes on if they hope to stun Houston.

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