The Bengals and Texans faced off in Week 14 of the 2011 regular season in Cincinnati. The Bengals went into the locker room at halftime with a 16-3 lead, but in the end it was the Texans who walked away with a 20-19 win. They did that without their No. 1 receiver Andre Johnson, as tight end Owen Daniels led them with 100-yards receiving. On Saturday, the Texans face the Bengals again at home in their first playoff game in franchise history, and Johnson will be on the field.
For the Bengals, only safety Taylor Mays and rookie linebacker Dontay Moch are doubtful for Saturday afternoon's game in Houston. All other players are probable, including rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, who missed practice and spent sometime in the hospital with flu-like symptoms earlier this week. Also probable for Saturday's game are running back Cedric Benson, safety Chris Crocker and defensive linemen Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker.
The Texans are slight favorites in Saturday's game but both team's are relatively healthy and the Bengals may not be an easy team to beat.