Led by Arian Foster (1,224 yards, 10 TDs) and Ben Tate, the Texans boast the league’s second-best rushing offense, which will be the key to their offensive gameplan against Cincinnati’s top-10 passing defense. A healthy Andre Johnson will provide Yates with a big-time playmaker in the passing game as Houston looks to ride its home crowd to victory.
Dalton will be looking to connect with fellow rookie A.J. Green (1,067 yards, 7 TDs) downfield but could have his hands full with Wade Phillips’ second-ranked defense.
Expect a low-scoring, grind-it-out kind of game as both teams try to establish their playoff footing and make a run at the Super Bowl.
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