Texans hands Bengals’ first loss of the Season
On Monday Night, the Houston Texans(4-5) came into Ohio and handed the Cincinnati Bengals(8-1) their first loss of the season to win the game 10-6. The game was a defensive battle throughout as both offenses struggled to take over and take command of the game. It wasn’t until after the third quarter when second string Quarterback TJ Yates threw the only touchdown pass of the game after coming in and replacing starting Quarterback Brian Hoyer, who left the game after sustaining a concussion.
T.J Yates did a good job filling in for Hoyer as he completed 5 of his 11 passes for 69 yards, as well as throwing the only touchdown of the game. Yates came up huge as he and DeAndre Hopkins connected for a 22 yard touchdown with 14:20 remaining in the 4th quarter that gave the Texans a 10-6 lead. With their undefeated season in jeopardy, the Bengals had several opportunities to at least cut the lead and potentially win the game. But possession after possession the Texans defense who has had Dalton’s number throughout his career stepped up, pressured Dalton, and locked down his offense weapons as Dalton struggled to get any momentum going as he completed 22 of his 38 passes for only 197 yards and an interception. The run game faired no better as the Bengal’s leading rusher was Giovanni Bernard rushing for 36 yards over 6 carries while Jeremy Hill was a non factor rushing for 15 yards. The Texans secondary was spectacular, as well as their 1st round draft pick in this years past NLF Draft, Kevin Johnson as he was able to step up and minimize A.J Green’s performance as he caught 5 passes for 67 yards. Time after tome the Texans’ defense took locked down, and they did so again on the last drive of the game when Johnson was able to hold Green long enough to establish the catch from Dalton, before getting stripped by Quintin Demps who also recovered the ball with 40 seconds remaining to seal the Bengals’ first loss of the season.
The Cincinnati Bengals (8-1) are headed up to Arizona to face former Bengals’ Quarterback, Carson Palmer and the dangerous Cardinals(7-2).
The Houston Texans (4-5) take on the New York Jets (5-4) at home as they look for their 3rd straight win.
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