Thursday Night Football - The Bengals travel on a short week to face the AFC North leading Ravens. Both teams are coming off a home loss and are looking to bounce back. The Bengals need this game to stay in the AFC North race and to stay relevant in the AFC playoff picture.
The Bengals started off fast and scored on the first series. The Texans took a fairly commanding lead until late in the 4th Q when CJ Stroud threw an INT and let the Bengals back into the game. The Bengals drove down to take a possible late game lead, but had a sack and dropped a TD pass and settled for a FG to tie. CJ Stroud then took the Texans down the field for a game winning FG.
The Houston Texans, and QB CJ Stroud, visit Paycor Stadium on Sunday, November 12, 2023, for a clash with the Bengals. The Texans are an up and coming team who plays with relentless effort on defense and gamebreaking speed on offense.
The Bengals will need to get pressure on Stroud and make him uncomfortable in the pocket and will need to establish the run game on offense to slow down the rush of the Texans front 7.
The Bengals came out on fire early against the Bills in a 'Striped Out' Paycor Stadium on Sunday Night Football. Even though the Bengals only scored 3 points in the 2nd half, they held on to defeat the Bills, who they will be battling for playoff position come the end of the season.
The Bengals traveled out to California after their bye week and physically dominated a very good San Francisco 49ers team. This was a big win in many ways, especially that Joe Burrow is finally healthy and they showed they they can put the entire offensive gameplan together and execute at a very high level. Defensively, they created pressure vs the 49ers pass game and did a good job of shutting down the potent run game of the 49ers.