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Monday Night Football Game Capsule: Texans v. Bengals

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The Houston Texans take center stage on Monday night when they take on the Bengals in Cincinnati. Learn more about the history and stats underlying the teams' histories on BRB.

Texans fans will never forget this moment involving the Bengals.
Texans fans will never forget this moment involving the Bengals.
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Courtesy of NFL Communications, I give you these numbers, notes, and food for thought as your Houston Texans look to recapture the magic of December 11, 2011 in Cincinnati on Monday night.

SERIES

HOUSTON

BENGALS

MON. RECORD

3-5

11-20

SERIES LEADER

4-3

STREAKS

3 of past 4

COACHES VS. OPP.

Bill O’Brien: 0-1

Marvin Lewis: 3-5

LAST WEEK

Bye (Wk. 8: W 20-6 vs. Titans)

W 31-10 vs. Browns

LAST GAME

11/23/14: Bengals 22 at Texans 13. Cincinnati RB Jeremy Hill records 96 scrimmage yards (87 rushing, 9 rec.) & TD. Bengals WR A.J. Green has 12 catches for 121 yards.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/11/11: Texans 20, Bengals 19. Houston QB T.J. Yates throws for 300 yards & 2 TDs. Texans WR Kevin Walter catches game-winning 6-yard TD with two seconds remaining.

REFEREE

Walt Coleman

BROADCAST

ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Hou.), 93 (Cin.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Hou.), 226 (Cin.).

STATS

PASSING

Hoyer: 129-215-1581-13-3-97.1

Dalton: 174-258-2226-18-4-111.0 (2L)

RUSHING

Blue: 74-273-3.7-1

Hill: 104-344-3.3-5 (T3L)

RECEIVING

Hopkins: 66 (3C)-870 (3L)-13.2-6

Green: 50-702-14.0-4

OFFENSE

369.4

391.1 (3C)

TAKE/GIVE

-2

+4 (T3C)

DEFENSE

350.9

349.1

SACKS

Watt: 8.5 (T2L)

Dunlap: 8.5 (T2L)

INTs

Hal: 2

Nelson: 3

PUNTING

Lechler: 47.0

Huber: 45.4

KICKING

Novak: 28 (13/14 PAT; 5/6 FG)

Nugent: 59 (26/27 PAT; 11/14 FG)

TEXANS:

In his past five games, QB BRIAN HOYER has completed 111 of 181 (61.3%) passes for 1,345 yards, 12 TDs, 2 INTs and a 101.6 rating, including 235 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, and a 103.9 rating against the Titans in Week 8. Hoyer has 2+ TDs in five straight games; that's the longest streak in Texans' history.

In his past two starts, RB ALFRED BLUE is averaging 105.5 yards from scrimmage per game and has a rushing TD. Blue (969) needs 31 more yards from scrimmage to reach 1,000 for his career.

In his past six games, WR DEANDRE HOPKINS has 52 catches for 719 yards and 4 TDs.

In his past two games, WR NATE WASHINGTON has 13 catches for 201 yards and 3 TDs, including 74 yards and a TD versus the Titans in Week 8. Washington is aiming for his third game in a row with a TD catch.

In his past 13 games, J.J. WATT has 19.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a safety, 7 passes defensed, and a TD catch, including 2.5 sacks against the Titans last week. Since he entered the NFL in 2011, Watt leads the league with 65.5 sacks.

LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had a career-high 3.5 sacks versus the Titans last week.

BENGALS:

For the first time in franchise history, the Bengals are 8-0.

Last week, QB ANDY DALTON completed 21 of 27 (77.8 %) passes for 234 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, and a 139.8 rating (the second-highest of his career). Dalton has a 115+ rating in six of his past eight games.

In his only game against the Texans, RB JEREMY HILL had 96 yards from scrimmage (87 rushing, 9 receiving) and a rushing TD. Hill has 4 TDs (3 rushing, 1 receiving) in his past five games.

RB GIOVANI BERNARD (2,904) needs 96 more yards from scrimmage to reach 3,000 for his career.

In his past six games, WR A.J. GREEN has 42 catches for 594 yards and 3 TDs. Green had 12 catches for 121 yards in his last meeting with the Texans.

TE TYLER EIFERT leads the NFL with 9 TD receptions.  He only needs one more TD to become the first Bengals tight end with 10 in a single season.

DT GENO ATKINS has a sack in six of his past eight games, including one last week against the Browns.  Since entering the NFL in 2010, Atkins leads AFC DTs with 38 sacks.

DE CARLOS DUNLAP is tied for second in the NFL with 8.5 sacks.  He only needs 1.5 more to surpass his career-high of 9.5, set in 2010.

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