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Texans vs. Bengals Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

Texans vs. Bengals preview: Houston looks to make another step towards the playoffs with Tom Savage under center against the disappointing Bengals.

Saturday, December 24, the Cincinnati Bengals (5-8-1) take on the Houston Texans (8-6). The game will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. Read on for our Texans vs. Bengals prediction and preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, Cincinnati is a 52.7-percent favorite to win this match-up. The spread, however, has the Texans as a slight favorite, according to OddsShark.

Spread: Houston -1

Game Time: 8:25 p.m. ET

Channel: NFL Network

Texans vs. Bengals preview:

The Bengals, who sit at 5-8-1, ahead of just the Cleveland Browns in the AFC North, are among the biggest disappointments in the NFL this season. However, the Houston Texans are in a serious fight for the playoffs with the Tennessee Titans, and cannot afford a let down against a middling opponent at home. The Texans are in the unique position of being in a playoff race, having just installed a new starting quarterback for non-injury reasons. Tom Savage steps in for $72 million man Brock Osweiler, who has been one of the NFL's worst starting QBs this season. If he is an upgrade, Houston's offense, which features impressive talents like Lamar Miller, DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller, could become pretty interesting.

Despite their struggles, the Bengals are dangerous. Andy Dalton is having a down season, but he will have his top target A.J. Green back after a month out with a hamstring injury. Green may not be 100-percent right off the bat, but he is one of the best receivers in the NFL, and presents a huge challenge to the Texans secondary. Running back Jeremy Hill has been up-and-down, but he has scored three weeks in a row, and nine times on the year.

Texans vs. Bengals prediction:

Unless Tom Savage is markedly better than Osweiler, which is certainly on the table, expect this game in Houston to be very tight. The Bengals have underachieved, but have some talent, and could relish in the chance to play spoiler. We'll take Houston in a tight one, but nothing would surprise here.

Texans 21, Bengals 20