Point Spread: -1.00 | -125.00 Houston (Home)
Ryan Mallet came in to lead the Texans to a victory on the road in Cleveland in his debut as a starter last week, and he's back under center in Houston today as the Texans host the Bengals. Cincinnati is coming off a stunning upset win at New Orleans, just a week after an embarrassing home loss to Cleveland.
Mallet was solid in the win over the Browns, throwing for 211 yards, a pair of TDs and one INT. Houston's defense completely shut down the Cleveland running game, limiting them to a total of 58 yards on 24 carries.
The Texans lead the league in forced turnovers, and that doesn't bode well for Andy Dalton and the Bengals, who have been known to struggle on the road.
Rookie RB Alfred Blue shredded a weak Browns defense for 156 yards on a record 36 carries last week, and if Arian Foster can't go today, he should be in for another big day against a Bengals defense that also struggles to stop the run. The Bengals rank 28th in the NFL allowing opponents to average over 136 yards per game.