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NFL Odds Preview — Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals 11/16

The Cincinnati Bengals like to think that their success in the regular season can be a precursor to what they are going to achieve in the playoffs. But people who analyze the NFL odds know that is something they will have to see to believe. The Bengals are one of three undefeated teams left in the league, something unprecedented at this point in the schedule, and on Monday night they will line up to play the Houston Texans, who have been disappointing to say the least.

The Cincinnati Bengals like to think that their success in the regular season can be a precursor to what they are going to achieve in the playoffs. But people who analyze the NFL odds know that is something they will have to see to believe. The Bengals are one of three undefeated teams left in the league, something unprecedented at this point in the schedule, and on Monday night they will line up to play the Houston Texans, who have been disappointing to say the least. Game time is 8:30 PM ET at Paul Brown Stadium, and BetAnySports customers can place their wagers on the game in real time with the marvel that is Live Betting Extra.

Cincinnati is a perfect 8-0 and has done it, by and large, with a very efficient offense that has been led by the surprising efforts of quarterback Andy Dalton, who has thrown 18 touchdown passes with only four interceptions on the season. And the passing attack is more balanced than it was when AJ Green was the first, second and third option. The development of tight end Tyler Eifert has been a huge key; he is like Dalton’s version of Rob Gronkowski, and he has been fantastic in the red zone, with nine TD catches already. And there is the potential for a devastating two-headed running attack with Giovanni Bernard (5.6 ypc) and Jeremy Hill.

But there is that thing about the playoffs – Marvin Lewis has been burned with six straight first-round post-season exits, two of which were administered by the Texans.

In the reduced juice NFL odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Bengals are laying double digits:

Cincinnati Bengals -10.5 (-107)

Houston Texans  +10.5 (-103)

Over 46 points -105

Under 46 points  -105

Houston has had an under-achieving season, to put it bluntly, but the Texans can actually draw even with the Indianapolis Colts with a victory on Monday night. You can’t ignore some of the things that have malfunctioned in this camp, however. Coach Bill O’Brien may have been a kind of strange star of sorts with his plethora of F-bombs during the filming of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” and he has seemingly been a little “off” all season.

For one thing, he has not managed the quarterback situation very well. Originally he had handed the job over to Brian Hoyer for the veteran presence he lent. But he quickly yanked Hoyer and inserted Ryan Mallett. This went on a couple of times, and now it is Hoyer’s job to keep (for the time being) because Mallett is no longer part of the picture, having been cut after missing a team flight (that’s a no-no).

BetAnySports customers have also heard the rumors that O’Brien is likely going to be seeing the door after the season, perhaps even sooner. He has even spoken of jobs in the college ranks that might be open. Is this a good atmosphere? Well, it doesn’t help that Arian Foster is not a part of things, because they haven’t been able to put together much of a running game. They will need SOMETHING out of Alfred Blue to stay close here.

Have the Texans been able to rush the passer? Well, JJ Watt has had a good year. with 8.5 sacks, but they have to be able to get pressure from elsewhere. Dalton has not faced all that much, being sacked only 13 times on the year. That’s a hurdle these Texans have to overcome.

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