The Houston Texans have another Bengal pelt on the wall as they put away Cincinnati 19-13. A game that features six field goals appears at first glance to be anything but an display of offensive talent.
That is, until you take a look at the box score. The Texans doubled the Bengals yardage 419 to 207, and kept them from converting a single first down in the game. The only time Cincinnati looked like they might take control was when Leon Hall scored their only touchdown of the game on an interception return.
The rest of the time Houston followed their preferred game plan of using the run to set up the pass. They gained 158 yards on the ground and scored their only touchdown via the same route. Arian Foster was back to his workhorse ways with 32 carries for 140 of their rushing total.
The Houston defense was the real hero of this triumph, and QB Andy Dalton would likely agree. J.J. Watt and friends may have had only two sacks, but the former Katy, TX resident was running for his life most of the game. Dalton ended up 14-30 for 127 yards and will see Watt and Connor Barwin in his dreams for weeks to come.
Now it is onward to Foxboro for the Texans and another shot at redemption. They will have to convert more than one red-zone penetration in four tries if they expect to make it to the AFC Championship Game.