No Carson Palmer, no wins in seven games, 32nd ranked offense. Does it get any worse if you’re a Bengals fan these days? Maybe not, but nevertheless, the Bengals will pack their bags and head to the Lone Star State this weekend, as the team will take on an improving Houston Texans team that is looking for their 3rd straight win.
Despite only being 2-4, the Texans boast the 5th ranked offense in the league, and right now have possibly the best WR in the game in game-breaker Andre Johnson, who has gone over 100 yards receiving each of the last three games. When Johnson and QB Matt Schaub are connecting as they have the last three weeks, the Texans are hard to beat.
So with another week of Ryan Fitzpatrick coming for the Bengals, does this group have a chance to even come close to a win? Well, let’s keep it in perspective that they did play hard for 3+ quarters vs the Steelers at home last week until they fell apart and allowed three 4th quarter TD’s in a 38-10 loss.
They need to get some early success vs the Texans 22nd ranked defense. If they want to hang around long enough to pull off an upset, getting off to a good start with some first quarter points is key. The Bengals O-line has allowed Fitzpatrick to get sacked 15 times in his starts, and has to do a better job protecting him as well.
How about a few more yards on the ground as well for Cincy? They are putting up just 73.9 yards per game. Look to see more of Cedric Benson this week, as the Chris Perry era has been a disaster for Cincy this season, as he is averaging just 2.6 yards per carry.
The Texans have been clicking, and they want to keep up the momentum on the offensive side of the ball. Schaub has thrown for 1343 yards and 7 TD’s this year. Johnson is on fire, catching 45 passes for 629 yards and two scores. Steve Slaton is the teams best rusher, as he has gone for 423 yards and is putting up 4.8 yards per carry.
All these things should mean yet again a long day for the Bengals. If they can hang for a half, that will probably be asking a lot. Look for Houston to have another big day on offense, and for them to get to 3-4 while the Bengals nightmare season continues at 0-8.