Bengals vs. Texans First Round NFL Playoff Odds & Picks 1/5/13

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The Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans are going to square off on the NFL Playoffs odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Bengals @ Texans picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Saturday.

NFL Playoffs Picks: Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
Date: Saturday, January 5th, 4:30 ET
Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
NFL Playoffs Betting Odds: Houston -5
Cincinnati vs. Houston Live TV: NBC

The NFL playoffs schedule kicks off on Saturday the exact same way that it did last year with the Texans taking on the Bengals. This year though, the story is significantly different for both of these teams. Houston is coming into the playoffs limping after losing three out of four games to end the season. The team lost the No. 1 seed in the AFC on the final day of the season and was forced into this game, and one can’t help but wonder whether this team ultimately has a chance of going on the road and beating teams like the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, or what the mindset is going to be for the club coming back home. The Bengals are a year older and a year wiser, and they have last year’s loss to the Texans by three touchdowns here at this venue in this very same fixture.

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The problem that the Bengals have in this one though, is that they probably still have all of the same problems that they did last year, too. RB Arian Foster and WR Andre Johnson both had big time games in the first round of the playoffs last year, and both had great seasons. We think that Houston is going to get back to the ground game and get Foster running again after failing to get to 100+ yards in four of his last five outings. This year too, it isn’t then-third string rookie QB TJ Yates calling the shots, as QB Matt Schaub is going to be in the saddle for his first career postseason start. Defensively, DE JJ Watt was a monster in that playoff game, including picking off a pass and returning it for a touchdown that gave the Texans a lead that they would never relent. Watt had one of the best years that a defensive lineman has ever had, and he is still going to be a force in this one.

Granted, we do know that Cincinnati has done a lot this year to improve itself. QB Andy Dalton had nearly 3,700 passing yards this year, and he has another year under his belt with WR AJ Green, one of the best receivers in the game, too. That being said, when you really look at the whole grand scheme of things, the Bengals just don’t have the better of the two teams. Yes, they won six road games this year, but most of those wins away from Paul Brown Stadium came against lousy teams. We’re afraid of the potential that this could be a game that comes down to the wire, but in the end, we do think that Houston gets back in the saddle and picks up the second postseason win in franchise history.

Cincinnati vs. Houston Pick: Houston Texans -5
Bengals @ Texans Score Prediction: Houston 27 – Cincinnati 21

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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