Bengals' Cardiac Arrest Snaps Four Game Winning Streak

Alex HeadContributor IOctober 20, 2009

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 18: Running back Steve Slaton #20 of the Houston Texans runs with the football against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 18, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Texans defeated the Bengals 28-17. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

By: Alex Head

In the first five games of the season, the Cincinnati Bengals managed to win each game within the final minutes. That wasn't the case on Sunday as the Bengals fell to a (2-3) Houston Texans team. Cincinnati (4-1) coming into Sunday's game seemed to be looking ahead to their  match up next week with the Chicago Bears. They were expecting the (2-3) Texans team to play average and expected to beat them by a big margin. The Texans certainly did not play like an average team on Sunday afternoon. Led by Steve Slaton and their explosive running game, the Texans managed to hang 28 points on the Bengals. The most surprising performance was that of Matt Schaub. Schaub completed 28 of 40 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns. Cincinnati was without their dominant defensive end, Antwan Odom. Odom's absence proved to be a bigger issue than expected, as the Bengals were unable to put any pressure on Schaub. The Bengals received a wake up call and must regroup and prepare for a tough Chicago Bears team on Sunday.