Cincinnati and Houston face off this weekend as Tom Savage moves ahead of Brock Osweiler on the roster as the starting QB for the Texans. While this NFL roster move benefited the Texans last weekend and allowed them to come back and beat the Jaguars, we don’t think the Texans will be as lucky when they face Cincinnati. With A.J Green expected to return to the offense, we think the Bengals will have the edge they need to come out on top for this game.
Bengals vs. Texans Score Prediction: Bengals 23, Texans 20
In recent NFL roster moves, the Texans decided to bench quarterback Brock Osweiler, who failed to live up to the four-year, $72 million contract signed last spring. Now, their postseason hopes lie in the hands of backup Tom Savage, who rose in the Houston depth chart at the expense of Osweiler.
The Bengals have been far from reliable this season, but with the Texans uncertainty at the quarterback position, that could give them the edge they need to defeat Houston. Savage was solid against the Jaguars in completing 23 of his 36 attempts for 260 yards and no interceptions, but the third-year man had seen little regular-season action in his career prior to that.
He will go up against a Bengals team that has under-performed this season, but one that still boasts a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball. Additionally, Cincinnati is expected to get a huge piece back on offense, as wide receiver A.J. Green figures to suit up after missing four games.
The Bengals nearly pulled off an upset over the Steelers in Week 15 without Green in the fold, and his return changes the entire outlook of the offense while giving quarterback Andy Dalton a far greater chance of success.
Our NFL score prediction for the Bengals-Texans game is 23-20 favoring Cincinnati.
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