Texans Vs. Bengals: Houston Clinches AFC South Division With Last Second Victory Over Cincinnati

T.J. Yates' six yard touchdown pass to Kevin Walter with two seconds remaining gave the Houston Texans a 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

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AFC Playoff Picture: Texans Clinch Division Crown, Now Can They Get No. 1 Seed?

With a huge comeback win Sunday, the Houston Texans have clinched the division title and a playoff spot. The next goal? A one-seed in the AFC playoffs.

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2011 AFC South Standings: Texans Lock Up First Division Title In Franchise History

It's official - the Houston Texans are in the playoffs no matter what, with a 20-19 comeback win at Cincinnati and the Tennessee Titans' 22-17 loss at home to the Saints Sunday, Houston captured their first division championship and playoff berth in franchise history. While the Titans will fight to stay alive in the wild card hunt - they're currently a game behind No. 6 seeded New York - Houston will now focus on maintaining their No. 1 overall seed and first round bye, in a complicated series of tie breakers with the Patriots and Ravens.

The easiest path for the Texans is to win out - if Houston beats the four-win Panthers, the 0-13 Colts and the Titans at home on New Year's Day, they'll have home field throughout the AFC Playoffs.


AFC South Standings

W L T PF PA
Houston 10 3 0 330 208
Tennessee 7 6 0 266 251
Jacksonville 4 9 0 193 252
Indianapolis 0 13 0 184 382

(updated 12.12.2011 at 3:49 AM CST)


 

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Texans Vs. Bengals Final Score: T.J. Yates Leads Houston Past Cincinnati 20-19

Third string quarterback Tyler Yates rallied the Houston Texans from a nine point deficit in the fourth quarter to a 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Yates found Kevin Walter over the middle for the go-ahead touchdown with just two seconds remaining to give the Texans their seventh straight win. Houston's win combined with Tennessee's loss to New Orleans clinches the AFC South division for the Texans


Cincinnati took a 19-10 lead with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter on a Mike Nugent 28 yard field goal. Yates and the Texans went back to work in the fourth quarter scoring first on a 33 yard Neil Rackers field goal before Yates sealed the victory with his heroics in the final seconds.

With the Houston running game sputtering, the Texans turned to Yates who finished 26 of 44 for an even 300 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Ben Tate led the way on the ground finishing with 67 yards on eight carries. Arian Foster had just 41 yards on 15 carries. Both Tate and Foster lost fumbles in the game. Owen Daniels was Yates favorite target catching seven passes for 100 yards.

Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 189 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Cedric Benson finished with 91 yards on the ground while rookie wide receiver A.J. Green finished with five catches for 59 yards.

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Texans Vs. Bengals Halftime Update: Turnovers Killing Texans, Cincinnati Leads 16-3

A fumble from Ben Tate, an interception from T.J. Yates and lapses in the Houston Texans defenses have created a 13-point deficit for Gary Kubiak's football team trails the Cincinnati Bengals going into halftime.

Andy Dalton has thrown for 112 yards and a pretty touchdown pass to Jerome Simpson in the second quarter to give the Bengals a then ten-point advantage. Cedric Benson, who was questionable for Sunday's game, has put up a strong first half as his 92 rushing yards on 13 carries has kept the Texans defense on edge.

Yates has played well in spurts, as his 129 passing yards at the half has helped keep the chains moving for the Texans. The Texans have gotten 85 rushing yards thus far from the combination of Arian Foster and Tate, but the backup tailback's fumble at the goal-line killed a ton of the momentum for the Houston offense early.

Cincinnati will receive the ball in the second half, as both teams are jockeying for position in the AFC playoff race.

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Cincinnati Bengals Injury Report And Inactive List, Week 14: Cedric Benson Is Active Vs. Texans

Foot issues aside, the Cincinnati Bengals will have workhorse tailback Cedric Benson in the starting lineup as they prepare to face off versus the Houston Texans.

Defensively, being without two key players Carlos Dunlap and Thomas Howard will have an affect on the pass rush, on the occasion that third-string quarterback T.J. Yates has the opportunity to throw the ball.

Here is the full injury report and inactive list for the Bengals:

Name Position Status Comments
Carlos Dunlap DE Inactive
Robert Sands DB Inactive
Brian Leonard RB Inactive
Thomas Howard OLB Inactive
Clint Boling G Inactive
Andre Smith OT Inactive
Ryan Whalen WR Inactive
Nate Clements CB Active
Cedric Benson RB Active Benson (foot) is active. He's a flex play at best vs. HOU.
Kyle Cook C Active
Chris Crocker SS Active
Brandon Johnson OLB Active
Donald Lee TE Active


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Houston Texans Injury Report And Inactive List, Week 14: Kevin Walter Will Start For Andre Johnson

The passing attack of the Houston Texans will again be limited as they prepare to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon. No Andre Johnson in the lineup means that Kevin Walter will start in his place, and T.J. Yates will again start for the Texans offense as Jeff Garcia and Jake Delhomme are inactive.

Plenty of handing off of the ball to Arian Foster and Ben Tate will occur, but can Yates make a big play to win the game? Here is the inactive and injury list for the Texans:

Name Position Status Comments
Jeff Garcia QB Inactive
Brandon Harris DB Inactive
Thomas Austin G Inactive
Andrew Gardner OT Inactive
Andre Johnson WR Inactive Johnson (hamstring) is inactive. Kevin Walter will start in his place.
Garrett Graham TE Inactive
Tim Bulman DT Inactive
Lawrence Vickers RB Active
Kevin Walter WR Active Walter (illness) is active and should see targets, though his value is very limited.
Mister Alexander LB Active
Jason Allen CB Active
Mike Brisiel OG Active
James Casey TE Active
Brian Cushing ILB Active
Jake Delhomme QB Active
Joel Dreessen TE Active Dreessen (hip) is active. He has some value in deeper leagues.
Brice McCain DB Active
Glover Quin SS Active
Antonio Smith DE Active
Eric Winston T Active


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Arian Foster Week 14 Fantasy Projections

Injuries to the Texans' quarterback position and top wide receiver Andre Johnson have running back Arian Foster projected to carry a big load in Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, given the injuries to the Texans' passing game, look for the Bengals to load up against the run in an effort to slow down Foster. 

NumberFire.com projects Foster at No. 7 in its Week 14 projections overall and as the No. 2 running back trailing only Baltimore's Ray Rice

After an injury plagued start to the season, Foster has made the most of his opportunities during the Texan's six game winning streak. He has scored a touchdown in each game of the winning streak and has gone over 100 yards four times. Last week he carried the ball 31 times against Atlanta for 111 yards and a score. 

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Week 14 NFL Lines And Odds: Bengals Vs. Texans

The Houston Texans travel to the Cincinatti Bengals and are favored by a single point.

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Texans Injury Report, Week 14: Andre Johnson Out Again For Houston

It's in keeping with the Houston Texans' luck this season that Andre Johnson would be hurt again. A re-aggravated hamstring injury will keep Houston's go-to wide receiver out of a Week 14 match-up with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnson, though, is the only player listed as out on Houston's injury report for the week. That's helped in part by Houston's most important injured players -- Mario Williams, Matt Schaub, and Matt Leinart -- all having made their way to injured reserve already.

T.J. Yates may be without Johnson, but he will at least have the healthy Arian Foster and Ben Tate to rely on against the Bengals.

Here's the rest of the Texans injury report for Week 14:

OUT: WR Andre Johnson (hamstring).

DOUBTFUL: none.

QUESTIONABLE: DE Tim Bulman (calf), RB Lawrence Vickers (hamstring).

PROBABLE: S Glover Quin (elbow), DE Antonio Smith (shoulder), G Mike Briesel (ankle), TE Joel Dreessen (groin), LB Brian Cushing (ribs), LB Mister Alexander (shoulder), CB Jason Allen (thumb), RB James Casey (ankle), QB Jake Delhomme (calf), TE Garrett Graham (hamstring).

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: WR Will Not Play Sunday

After injuring his other hamstring in the Houston Texans 17-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, WR Andre Johnson has been ruled out of their game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday:

 John Clayton 
Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder are questionable but could play. Peterson has the better chance. Andre Johnson is out.

There's no work on his projected timetable to return, but the Houston training staff is likely to be incredibly cautious with their All-Pro WR, as hamstring injuries are notoriously easy to re-aggravate.

With a two-game lead on Tennessee and only four games left in the NFL season, the Texans may be able to hold Johnson out until the start of the NFL playoffs. 

Without Johnson, the Texans emphasized the ground game even more while rookie QB T.J. Yates targeted Houston's tight ends in the passing game, almost completely ignoring the Texans' other WR's. 

Kevin Walter, who caught one ball for 12 yards against the Falcons, was the only WR besides Johnson to catch a pass from Yates.

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Cincinnati Bengals Week 14 Injury Report: Cedric Benson Misses Thursday's Practice

Cincinnati Bengals had three key players sit out Thursday's practice. Running back Cedric Benson practiced on Wednesday but was held out of Thursday's practice with a foot injury. Then on the defensive side of the ball both Carlos Dunlap and Nate Clements missed their second straight day of practice this week as both players have been held out due to a hamstring injury.

The Bengals did get some good news by getting safety Chris Crocker and right tackle Andre Smith back practicing on Thursday.

Here is the full injury report for the Bengals on Thursday:

Name Position Injury Practice Status
Nate Clements CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Chris Crocker S Knee Limited Participation in Practice
Carlos Dunlap DE Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Dontay Moch LB Illness Did Not Participate In Practice
Andre Smith T Ankle Limited Participation in Practice
Donald Lee TE Foot Full Participation in Practice
Cedric Benson RB Foot Did Not Participate In Practice
Kyle Cook C Shoulder Limited Participation in Practice
Brandon Johnson LB Knee Limited Participation in Practice

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Houston Texans Injury Report, Week 14: Andre Johnson Still Not Practicing

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson sat out his second practice this week with a new hamstring injury that he suffered last week against the Atlanta Falcons. Johnson's status for Sunday is up in the air and as reported on Wednesday he will not be practicing this week.

Head coach Gary Kubiak talked about Johnson's status for Sunday:

"I would say we probably have a pretty good idea," Kubiak said, via comments distributed by the team. "We'll see. It's a touchy situation because we are very fortunate. We came out of it a lot better than we thought. At the same time, how quick do we go back and that type of thing? He has gotten good work inside in the last two days. Whether we bring him out here tomorrow probably will be a big deciding point on where we go in the game, so we'll see."

Here is the complete practice report on Thursday for the Texans:

Name Position Injury Practice Status
Tim Bulman DE Calf Did Not Participate In Practice
Brian Cushing LB Ribs Did Not Participate In Practice
Andre Johnson WR Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Mister Alexander LB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Garrett Graham TE Hamstring Full Participation in Practice
Glover Quin S Elbow Full Participation in Practice
Antonio Smith DE Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Jason Allen CB Thumb Full Participation in Practice
Mike Brisiel G Ankle Limited Participation in Practice
James Casey RB Chest Limited Participation in Practice
Jake Delhomme QB Calf Full Participation in Practice
Joel Dreessen TE Groin Limited Participation in Practice
Lawrence Vickers RB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice

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Cincinnati Bengals Week 14 Injury Report: Nate Clements And Carlos Dunlap Miss Practice

Two key defensive starters for the Cincinnati Bengals are questionable for Sunday's game versus the Houston Texans.

Hamstring's have kept Nate Clements and Carlos Dunlap out of practice on Wednesday, both are considered questionable to play.

Here is the full injury report list for the Bengals on Wednesday:

Name Position Injury Practice Status
Nate Clements CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Chris Crocker S Knee Did Not Participate In Practice
Carlos Dunlap DE Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Dontay Moch LB Illness Did Not Participate In Practice
Andre Smith T Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice
Donald Lee TE Foot Full Participation in Practice
Cedric Benson RB Foot Limited Participation in Practice
Kyle Cook C Shoulder Limited Participation in Practice
Brandon Johnson LB Knee Limited Participation in Practice


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Houston Texans Injury Report, Week 14: Andre Johnson Misses Practice, Will He Play On Sunday?

Andre Johnson missed practiced on Wednesday and will not practice at all until Sunday's game versus the Cincinnati Bengals. The Houston Texans have been decimated all season by injuries and their biggest star can't seem to stay on the field.

On defense, Tim Bulman and Brian Cushing were held out practice due to lingering injuries.

Here is the complete practice report on Wednesday for the Texans as they prepare for the Bengals:

Name Position Injury Practice Status
Tim Bulman DE Calf Did Not Participate In Practice
Brian Cushing LB Ribs Did Not Participate In Practice
Andre Johnson WR Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Mister Alexander LB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Garrett Graham TE Hamstring Full Participation in Practice
Glover Quin S Elbow Full Participation in Practice
Antonio Smith DE Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Jason Allen CB Thumb Limited Participation in Practice
Mike Brisiel G Ankle Limited Participation in Practice
James Casey RB Chest Limited Participation in Practice
Jake Delhomme QB Calf Limited Participation in Practice
Joel Dreessen TE Groin Limited Participation in Practice
Lawrence Vickers RB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice


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Houston Texans Injury Report, Week 14: Andre Johnson Misses Practice, Will He Play On Sunday?

Andre Johnson missed practiced on Wednesday and will not practice at all until Sunday's game versus the Cincinnati Bengals. The Houston Texans have been decimated all season by injuries and their biggest star can't seem to stay on the field.

On defense, Tim Bulman and Brian Cushing were held out practice due to lingering injuries.

Here is the complete practice report on Wednesday for the Texans as they prepare for the Bengals:

Name Position Injury Practice Status
Tim Bulman DE Calf Did Not Participate In Practice
Brian Cushing LB Ribs Did Not Participate In Practice
Andre Johnson WR Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Mister Alexander LB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Garrett Graham TE Hamstring Full Participation in Practice
Glover Quin S Elbow Full Participation in Practice
Antonio Smith DE Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Jason Allen CB Thumb Limited Participation in Practice
Mike Brisiel G Ankle Limited Participation in Practice
James Casey RB Chest Limited Participation in Practice
Jake Delhomme QB Calf Limited Participation in Practice
Joel Dreessen TE Groin Limited Participation in Practice
Lawrence Vickers RB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice


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Andre Johnson Injury Update: Star WR Misses Practice, Will Be A Game-Time Decision

The Houston Texans just cannot catch a break from the injury bug this season.

After All-Pro WR Andre Johnson missed six games with a hamstring injury this year, he was having a break-out game with new starting QB T.J. Yates only to come up lame with an injury to the other hamstring in the fourth quarter of the Texans 17-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Now, after missing practice Wednesday, Johnson's status for this week's game against the Cincinnati Bengals is still in doubt:

 John Clayton 
Andre Johnson had no practice Wednesday. Still a game time decision whether he plays with a hamstring injury.

A 6'3 225 WR with the size to catch balls over the middle of the field and the speed to stretch a defense vertically is a young QB's best friend, and Johnson caught 4 balls for 97 yards from Yates against the Falcons.

Despite playing in only 6 games this season, Johnson leads Houston's WR's in targets, receptions and receiving yards.

The Texans medical staff will likely be cautious with Johnson, as hamstring injuries are notoriously easy to re-aggravate if players come back too fast, and Houston will need a healthy Johnson to have any chance at making noise in the playoffs with a third-string QB.

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Texans Vs. Bengals Odds: Houston Favored By A Field Goal

The odds makers are starting to believe in Houston QB T.J. Yates, as they've installed the Texans as three-point favorites at Cincinnati, against a Bengals team with a top-ten defense that's fighting for their playoff lives.

Cincinnati is tied with four other teams -- the Jets, Titans, Raiders at Broncos -- at 7-5 for the final wild card spot in the AFC. After starting off the season strong at 6-2, they've dropped three of their last four games, all to AFC North powers Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

They've been powered by a strong defense that's ranked 6th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and 10th in passing yards allowed. 

It should be a challenge for a dominant Houston ground game, but Arian Foster and Ben Tate combined for 162 yards on 3.7 yards a carry last week against Atlanta, the 3rd best rush defense in the NFL.

The game will be a match-up of rookie QB's, but the Bengals Andy Dalton was drafted much higher out of college and has had the benefit of starting all 13 games this season. The TCU product has completed 59.2% of his passes for 2,644 yards, 17 TD's and 12 INT's so far.

His favorite target has been another rookie, WR A.J. Green of Georgia, who has caught 50 balls for 832 yards and 7 TD's.

With both teams featuring strong defenses going against young QB's, the over/under for Sunday's game is only 37.5.

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Texans Vs. Bengals: Houston Adds Jeff Garcia, Drops Kellen Clemens

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Houston Texans will move to add more experience at quarterback by waiving Kellen Clemens and signing Jeff Garcia, this after veteran Jake Delhomme was signed last week to back up rookie quarterback T.J. Yates.

Garcia had worked out for the Texans alongside Delhomme, who was chosen over the former Eagles and 49ers (late of the defunct UFL Omaha Nighthawks) because of his comfort as a "quarterback whisperer" for Yates, and not someone vying to win the starter's job. Garcia has familiarity with the Texans system, having worked under current quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp in San Francisco. 

Through two games, Yates has been impressive but not flashy. He was 12 of 25 for 188 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in a 17-10 win Sunday, his first career start. 

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AFC South Standings: Texans Can Clinch AFC South Division This Sunday With Help

The gang at Battle Red Blog boil down your Houston Texans playoff scenario to two simple steps this weekend: If the Texans win at Cincinnati and the Titans lose at home against New Orleans, Houston will snag its first-ever division title and their first playoff berth in franchise history. Even if the Texans lost out and Tennessee won out, Houston wins every tiebreaker. Here's how:

  • The first tiebreaker between two tied teams within a division is head-to-head record. The Texans and Titans, under this scenario, would be 1-1. 
  • The second tiebreaker between two tied teams within a division is division record. The Texans and Titans would finish 4-2, per the scenario.
  • The third tiebreaker between two tied teams within a division is record against common opponents. This is Indianapolis (x 2), Jacksonville (x 2), the four NFC South teams, and the four AFC North teams. The Texans would win by one game – Houston's 8-4 to Tennessee 7-5.

And here's your updated AFC South Standings, and if the above scenario holds, this will be the last week in 2011 Texans fans have to worry about the Titans, Jags or Colts:

 


AFC South Standings

W L T PF PA
Houston 9 3 0 310 189
Tennessee 7 5 0 249 229
Jacksonville 3 9 0 152 238
Indianapolis 0 12 0 174 358

(updated 12.6.2011 at 3:20 AM CST)


 

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Texans Vs. Bengals: Despite Playoff Implications, Blackout Likely For Cincinnati Viewers

The Texans' playoff quest continues at Wild Card hopeful Cincinnati in a crucial game for AFC seeding

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