Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans: 12/27/20 NFL Picks and Prediction

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans: 12/27/20 NFL Picks and Prediction Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans (4-10) vs Cincinnati Bengals (3-10-1)

Game Info: Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm (NRG Stadium)

Betting Odds: Houston Texans -8.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans face off on Sunday in a Week 16 NFL showdown at the NRG Stadium. 

The Cincinnati Bengals have struggled this season but they are coming off an impressive win in their last game. On Monday night, the Bengals defense was strong, especially in the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers and that led to the victory. Quarterback Ryan Finley only threw for 89 yards and a touchdown, but he was a threat with his feet putting up 47 yards and a touchdown. Running back Giovani Bernard also rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown. On the season Cincinnati is averaging 19.4 points while their defense is giving up 25.4 points per game. In this game if they want a chance to come away with a victory 

The Houston Texans have had a down year and they currently sit with a 4-10 record. In the last game, the Texans were competitive against the Indianapolis Colts but a late fumble cost them a chance at the tie game and that led to a seven point loss. The Texans were down 14-0 at the end of the first quarter but they clawed their way back into this game. On the season the Texans are averaging 22.5 points per game while their defense is giving up 27.6 points per game. The Texans are led by Deshaun Watson and on the season he has thrown for 4134 yards, 27 touchdowns, and six interceptions. They are facing a team that hasn’t been strong with their offense and in this game it’s going to be about the defense stepping up in a big way. 

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Cincinnati is 12-2 against the spread in their last 14 games played in a Week 16. The under is 9-2-1 in Houston’s last 12 games played in Week 16. The under is 38-18-1 in Houston’s last 57 games played in December. Cincinnati is 2-10 against the spread in their last 10 games played against the Texans. 

Cincinnati’s offense is going to go back to their old way with their offense struggling. Look for a big game from Watson, and that will be enough for the Texans to win this game  Back Houston to come away with a victory and a cover this spread.

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Shane’s Pick Houston -8.5

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