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Bengals-Texans playoff preview

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)


Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE — Texans by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cincinnati 9-6-1; Houston 9-7

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  • SERIES RECORD — Series tied 3-3

    AP PRO32 RANKING — Bengals No. 12; Texans No. 8

    LAST MEETING — Texans beat Bengals 31-10, Jan. 7

    LAST WEEK — Bengals beat Ravens 23-17; Texans lost to Colts 28-16





    STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Houston looking for fifth straight win against Bengals. ... Bengals have reached playoffs in two straight seasons for first time since 1981-82. ... Cincinnati is looking for first playoff win since Jan. 6, 1991 against Houston Oilers. ... It is Cincinnati's fourth postseason appearance under coach Marvin Lewis. ... Bengals QB Andy Dalton is 19-13 as starter, highest winning percentage by Cincinnati quarterback with minimum of 20 starts in franchise history. ... Dalton's 3,669 yards passing and 27 touchdown passes were both career highs. ... Dalton grew up in Houston suburb of Katy. ... Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for career-high 1,094 yards this season. ... Green-Ellis had 183 yards rushing in four career postseason games with New England. ... Cincinnati WR A.J. Green has 1,350 yards receiving to become second player in franchise history to reach 1,300 yards receiving in a season. ... Green's 162 receptions in first two seasons are second most to start career in NFL history behind Marques Colston's 168. ... Green is first WR selected to Pro Bowl in both of his first two seasons in NFL since Randy Moss in 1998-99. ... Bengals DT Geno Atkins has 12 1/2 sacks and DE Michael Johnson has 11 1/2. ... Houston CB Johnathan Joseph was first-round draft pick by Bengals in 2006 and spent first five seasons in Cincinnati. ... Bengals PR Adam Jones has two career punt return touchdowns against Texans. ... Texans (12-4) have most wins in franchise history. ... Houston was 6-0 at home against AFC teams this season. ... Houston QB Matt Schaub will make his first career postseason start on Saturday after missing last year's playoffs with injured foot. ... Schaub has thrown for more than 4,000 yards for third time in career. ... Schaub is 2-0 with 672 yards passing, seven touchdowns and one interception in two career starts against Bengals. ... Texans DE J.J. Watt leads NFL with 20 1/2 sacks, tied for sixth most since sacks became official statistic in 1982. ... Watt's 16 passes defended are most among defensive linemen. ... Watt has 3 1/2 sacks in two career playoff games, and had 29-yard interception return for touchdown last year in playoff win against Bengals. ... Houston RB Arian Foster has rushed for more than 130 yards in both his career postseason games. ... Foster had 153 yards rushing with two scores in last year's playoff win over Bengals. ... Foster leads NFL in total touchdowns since 2010 with 47. He had seven 100-yard rushing games this season. ... Houston WR Andre Johnson has career-high 1,598 yards receiving. He joins Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison as only players in NFL history with at least three seasons with 1,500 yards receiving. ... Johnson is averaging 122.7 yards receiving in his past three games against Cincinnati. ... Houston WR Kevin Walter played with Bengals from 2003-05. ... Texans TE Owen Daniels had career-high six touchdown receptions this season. ... Texans LB Whitney Mercilus tied for first among AFC rookies with six sacks.


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