This coming Monday the 16th of November 2015 we are in Week 10 of the 2015-16 NFL Regular Season and have Monday Night Prime Time Football, with 2 AFC teams facing off with the Texans of Houston (AFC South 3-5) playing at the undefeated Bengals of Cincinnati (AFC North 8-0) with the game being played at the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio with kick-off scheduled for 8:30 PM ET and seen on ESPN TV.
The opening odds for fans the Bet on NFL football have the Bengals the favorite in this game at -11 with the Over/under at 47 ½ and -650 on the Money Line, while the underdog Texans are +11 and +475 on the ML. Coming into this Monday night game the Bengals continued their winning ways beating their rival Browns of Cleveland 31-10 on TNF, while the Texans last game was 20-6 win on the 1st of November over the Titans of Tennessee.
The fans of the 3-5 Texans of Houston at last got their 3 win this 2015 season as the beat the Titans of Tennessee in their last game 20-6. That was a big comeback win after their defeat by the Dolphins of Miami 44-26 the previous weekend. Now having another victory under their belt, the Texans are only a ½ game behind the Colts in their AFC South Division.
Their star in that comeback win was receiver D. Hopkins who had 8 receptions and a TD on 95 yards. His career record on receptions is 2,884 yards and he has past the previous franchise record holder A. Johnson taking the lead. That was on offense, but the defense also had a good game against the Titans as they only accumulated 210 total yards in that game. The Texans displayed their new pressure defense that tied another franchise record with 7 sacks in the game. Also W. Mercilus had 3.5 sacks, while J.J. Watt also tied a career mark with 9 hits on QB and also recorded 2.5 sacks.
It the Texans are to upset the undefeated Bengals they need the same defensive if not stepped up a notch to beat the sizzling Bengals on Sunday. They also will for their secondary to go man for man with the aerial game of the Bengals that this season has averaged some 272 yards each game which ranks 7th in the NFL, while the Houston’s pass defense is ranked 8th allowing opponents to a low 226 yards a game. On their 4 road games to date, the Texas is with 1 win and 3 losses against the spread.
The fans of the undefeated 8-0 Bengals of Cincinnati you probably are asking can anyone beat them this season, especially after their Thursday game in which they beat the Browns of Cleveland at their famous Paul Brown Stadium 31-10 and the 8-0 record that came with that win is a first in their 47 years of franchise records, and longest winning streak in 1 season.
The Bengals leader in that victory over the Browns was QB A. Dalton who completed some 21 of his 27 passing attempts for 3 TD’s on 235 passing yards. In that game he finished with an amazing passing rating of 139.6. Following was the TE T. Eifert who was targeted by QB Dalton as he had 5 receptions for 3 TD’s accumulating some 54 yards. To date this season TD Eifert had 9 TD’s and that ranks 1st in the NFL for TE’s in 2015.
Coming into this game with the Texans, the Bengals are seeking a 9th win to remain undefeated this coming Monday night. If that is to happen, the Bengals need to continue and step up their defensive efforts against the Texans. Cincinnati presently in 5th place in the league in scoring allowed by the defense, as they are only allowing 17.6 points each game in 2015. Thus, it appears the Bengals defense looks forward to facing the Texans offense that ranks 20th in the NFL as they are averaging scoring only a mere 21.6 points each game this season. At home in 2015 the Bengals are 3-0 against the spread.
The prediction for this AFC conference game will see the Bengals continue their winning streak with a 31-178 victory over the Texans of Houston on Monday night.