The Cincinnati Bengals make the strongest case to remain undefeated through week 10 of the NFL regular season as they’ll take on the 3-5 Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. Houston has had little to feel good about this year, with a revolving door at starting quarterback and Arian Foster injured yet again. They stand little chance to knock off the Bengals, who the point spread is favoring at -10.5 to push their record to 10-0 on the year.
Monday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans
Point Spread: Bengals -10.5 Over/under: 47 Date: Monday, November 16, 8:30pm ET Location:Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Another year, another season ending injury for running back Arian Foster. Without Foster, the ground game for the +10.5 underdog Texans has been abysmal, ranking second-to-last in the league and averaging 87 yards per game. Without giving defenses much to fear in the running game, Brian Hoyer has been forced to produce through the air. He’s been consistent in finding DeAndre Hopkins, the lone bright spot for Houston’s offense and will need that success to continue against the no. 10 ranked Bengals defense.
J.J. Watt has quietly totaled 8.5 sacks on the year, but you wouldn’t guess by the way the rest of the defense has performed, giving up over 25 points her game. They’ll be tasked with stopping the 10th ranked offense in Cincinnati who’s averaging 28 points each week. With Jadeveon Clowney having another year hampered by injuries, Watt isn’t finding the help needed to get off the field. The combination of Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Gio Bernard could embarrass the Texans.
Shutting down Houston’s offense comes down to taking targets away from Hopkins, who has 6 touchdowns on the year good for 870 yards. The Texans leading rusher, Alfred Blue, has only 273 yards on 74 carries, meaning the Bengals can allocate more resources in the secondary to taking away Houston’s only true weapon in Hopkins. Rush the quarterback and force Hoyer into making some bad throws.
Everything has been going right for the -10.5 favored Bengals offense. They’ll face a Texans defense that is giving up nearly 400 yards passing, which could mean big numbers for receiver A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert. Even if the passing game isn’t as efficient as past weeks, Cincinnati can count on Bernard to torch Houston’s defense that has been giving up 125 yards rushing per game. Pick your poison, Houston.
Monday Night Football Prediction
One team is very, very good and one team is very, very bad. The very, very bad team is on the road and is very, very outmatched. Barring major collapse from the Bengals (who have had issues winning in prime time in the past), this one has to go to Cincinnati.