The Cincinnati Bengals sneaked past the Houston Texans in a nail-biting victory of 37-31, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 in NRG Stadium in Houston. For the win, Brandon Allen threw for 371 yards, and two touchdowns. The Bengals also relied on a rushing game that produced 169 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Allen helped the Bengals in this victory by attempting 37 passes and completing 29 of them. This led to a final QB production of 371 yards, zero interceptions and two touchdowns for the game.
Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine led the rushing game for the Bengals. Bernard rushed for 65 yards from carrying the football 16 times. Bernard was helped by Perine who carried the football 13 times for a total of 95 yards. In the passing game, Allen was most successful throwing the ball to Alex Erickson and Tee Higgins. Erickson caught six passes for a total of 88 yards, while Higgins contributed with 99 yards from six passes.
The Bengals were helped by a defensive effort that resulted in one sack, and zero tackles for loss, to go along with three forced fumbles, with zero defensive touchdowns.
Deshaun Watson led the Texans in a losing effort with 324 yards, completing 24 of 33 passes, zero interceptions, and three touchdowns, for a QB rating of 133.90.
The rushing game for the Texans was led by David Johnson and Buddy Howell. For the game, Johnson rushed for 128 yards from carrying the football 12 times. Meanwhile Howell carried the ball 0 times for a total of zero yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Texans included Brandin Cooks and Keke Coutee. Cooks caught seven passes for a total of 141 yards, while Coutee contributed with 54 yards from five passes.
In their loss, the Texans defense contributed with zero forced fumbles and no tackles to go along with no sacks and no defensive touchdowns. This production from the Texans defense was not enough help get a win.
After the win, the Bengals now have a 4-10 record, compared to the Texans who now have a 4-11 record.