HOUSTON (3-5) at CINCINNATI (8-0)
Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
OPENING LINE - Bengals by 10
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Texans 3-5-0, Bengals 7-0-1
SERIES RECORD - Texans lead 5-4
LAST MEETING - Bengals beat Texans 22-13, Nov. 23, 2014
AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 26, Bengals No. 2
TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (29), PASS (6).
TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (27), PASS (8).
BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (11), PASS (7).
BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (14), PASS (15).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Texans' 5-4 series edge includes wins in two wild-card playoff games at Houston in 2011 and 2012. ... Texans are 3-5 all-time on Monday night. Bengals are 11-20, but won their last Monday night game, beating Denver 37-28 at Paul Brown Stadium on Dec. 22, 2014. ... Texans beat Titans 20-6 heading into bye, trying franchise record with seven sacks. LB Whitney Mercilus had 3 1/2, DE J.J. Watt had 2 1/2. ... Watt increased career sack total to 65 1/2, passing DeMarcus Ware for third-most sacks in player's first five NFL seasons. Watt also set single-game career high with 10 quarterback hits. ... QB Brian Hoyer set club record with his fifth straight game of at least two touchdown passes. Hoyer is 10th in NFL with 97.1 passer rating. ... WR DeAndre Hopkins had eight catches for 94 yards against Titans, passing Andre Johnson (2,806) for most yards receiving by Texan in first three seasons. ... Bengals are 8-0 for first time in franchise history, with their longest winning streak in one season. ... Bengals play second of three straight prime-time games. They beat Cleveland on Thursday night, Nov. 5, play at Arizona on Sunday night, Nov. 22. ... Bengals QB Andy Dalton grew up in suburban Houston. Dalton is second in NFL with passer rating of 111. He had season-best rating of 139.8 against Browns. ... TE Tyler Eifert leads NFL with nine TD catches. ... DE Carlos Dunlap is tied with Watt for second in NFL with 8 1/2 sacks. ... Fantasy Tip: A.J. Green had 12 catches for 121 yards in win at Houston last season.
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