Week 14 Betting: Houston Texans vs. Cincinnati Bengals Odds, Prediction, and Pick

Cincinnati Bengals

This weekend we have a match-up between two teams who are in the middle of a cluttered playoff picture in the AFC right now.  The Houston Texans have been one of the darlings of the NFL this season, and have an incredibly impressive 9-3 record.  They’ve had some issues though even with that record, as they have lost both their starting and back-up quarterbacks, Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart to injuries, defensive end Mario Williams to injury, and wide out Andre Johnson to injury as well.  Even with their depleted roster, they still knocked off the Atlanta Falcons last week, and this team will hope to keep on winning all the way to the playoffs, and also hope that they can hold off the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South.  They’ll have TJ Yates starting once again this week, and he’ll need to protect the ball this weekend on the road.

The Cincinnati Bengals on the other hand have been pretty impressive as well.  And what makes it even more impressive is that they’ve posted a 7-5 record with a rookie quarterback and rookie wide out as well in Andy Dalton and AJ Green.  Also, it’s nice to have Cedric Benson running the ball for you.  The Bengals are currently in the playoffs as a wild card, but have three teams hot on their tail, so they’ll definitely need to win some key games down the stretch.  Cincinnati was supposed to be in the midst of a rebuilding year, but you can bet that the whole city is ecstatic that the team has been able to turn it around much quicker than expected.

Odds and Sports Betting Line

Houston Texans: +3

Cincinnati Bengals: -3

Free Prediction

This is going to be a tough game for the Texans here.  The Bengals really need to win this one for their playoff hopes, especially with so many teams right behind them.  I think that both teams are solid, and could really cause some damage come playoff time, but the real problem I see here is the Texans offense.  They looked good at home last week, but can they do the same thing on the road against another strong team?  I think that their offense will have some issues against the Bengals defense, and I also like AJ Green to have a big day for the home team.  I’m going to take the Bengals to get the crucial home win by a touchdown.

Prediction:  Cincinnati Bengals- 24 Houston Texans- 17

Free Pick

I’m not surprised that the Bengals are favored here, and -3 sounds about right, but I think that people aren’t taking into consideration the injury issues that are going on in Houston.  I definitely see them as a playoff team, but this game will go to Cincinnati, and I definitely can’t see them winning by less than three points either.  I’m riding the home team, and I expect the Cinci defense to get their job done as well to make the offenses job a bit easier.  I’m picking Cincinnati here.

Pick:  Cincinnati Bengals -3