Cincinnati Bengals vs Houston Texans
Free Betting Prediction 12-24-16

When: 8:25 PM ET, Saturday, December 24, 2016
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV: 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network.
LINE: Texans -1.5. O/U: 41

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Cincinnati Bengals 5-8-1 SU,4-9-1 ATS

Last week the Bengals actually scored on their first four possessions and led by as many as 14 points in the first half before it started to unravel in the final two quarters. Most of the blame can be put on Andy Dalton, who went a mere 16-for-27 for 157 passing yards and threw a backbreaking pick late in the fourth quarter.

But Dalton wasn’t the only huge disappointment on Sunday, as the entire offense was in flux. The Bengals committed eight penalties for 86 yards, with four of those blunders coming in succession during the final period and which ultimately led to Pittsburgh’s go-ahead touchdown. And after Jeremy Hill found the end zone in the second quarter and celebrated by trying to rip a Terrible Towel, he netted a one-yard loss on six carries since. Hill would go on to finish with just 43 rushing yards on 23 carries to go with his TD.

With nothing left to play for and also coming off a deflating defeat to their most-hated rival, Cincy will likely enter Week 16’s game against the Texans with very little morale. The Bengals won’t relish the trip to Houston at all either, as they are just 2-5 on the road this season (1-5-1 ATS) with their only wins away from Ohio having been against the lowly Browns and Jets.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games
Cincinnati is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games ,
Cincinnati is 4-10-2 ATS in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games on the road
Cincinnati is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Cincinnati is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Cincinnati is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 8 games when playing Houston
Cincinnati is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Houston

Houston Texans 8-6 SU,6-7-1 ATS

All this time, it appears as if the Houston Texans just needed a quarterback change to get back into playoff-contender form. They clawed back from a huge deficit against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and won a tense 21-20 contest to remain tied with the Tennessee Titans for the top spot in the AFC South standings.

After a couple of ugly picks in back-to-back drives during the second quarter, the Texans finally benched struggling starting quarterback Brock Osweiler in favor of his backup, Tom Savage. NFL fans didn’t know what to expect from the third-year QB, and apparently neither did the Jaguars. Savage completed 23 of his 36 passes for 260 yards without an interception as he staged Houston’s comeback with poise after being down 13-0 in the first half.

While Savage’s efficiency was a welcome sight, he sure could use more help from the running game in Week 16, especially since we have yet to determine whether his outing on Sunday was for real or just a flash in the pan. Running back Lamar Miller found the end zone with less than three minutes left in the contest to put the Texans up for good, but he only gained 63 rushing yards on 22 carries.

Then again, Houston’s defense was just as instrumental in the win, as the team limited the Jags to just 150 yards and nine first downs. That D can certainly contain an unmotivated Cincinnati offense this Saturday, and having Week 16’s contest back in NRG Stadium is another plus. The Texans are 6-1 at home this season (4-2-1 ATS), and the home crowd will definitely give them a huge emotional boost especially after how Savage’s breakout performance turned their fans’ recent frustrations into newfound optimism.

Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston’s last 11 games at home
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 8 games when playing Cincinnati
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cincinnati

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Bengals vs Texans Betting
Prediction: Texans -1

Houston has finally found a quarterback. Well, maybe. But he isn’t terrible and that should be enough to take out a Bengal’s team that has given up for the season.