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Nov 1, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) leaves the field after beating the Tennessee Titans 20-6 at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Monday Night Football – Cincinnati tries to stay undefeated.

For tonight’s Monday Night Football match up, The Houston Texans travel to take on the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are off to their best start in franchise history at 8-0.  The Texans are 3-5, coming off a bye week but still with some injured players not being at full strength.

Nov 23, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) applies pressure to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 23, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) applies pressure to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals recently dominated the Cleveland Browns, winning 31-10.  Andy Dalton, probably having the best season of his career, will be starting at quarterback for Cincinnati tonight. Dalton has completed 70.9 percent of his passes and hasn’t turned the ball over when targeting tight ends this season.

As for the Texans, they hope to stay alive in the AFC South. If they win tonight, the Texans are in a tie with the Colts for first place in the AFC South. In Week 8, they beat the Tennessee Titans 20-6.

For the Texans to stay competitive tonight, their defense needs to step up, led by last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, JJ. Watt says it’s the Texans defensive responsibility to hold their ground tonight.

The Texans had beaten the Bengals five times in a row until last year, when The Bengals won in Houston 22-13. With a Monday Night Football national audience, The Bengals fight to stay undefeated with the Patriots and the Panthers. Kickoff is set for 8:30 at Paul Brown Stadium.

 

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