Football Tipster NFL Playoffs Picks: Bengals at Texans 1/5/13

I’ve been studying the ‘total’ for the NFL Playoffs odds for quite some time, and I’m ready to make my Wild Card picks for the clash between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cincinnati vs. Houston kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET at Reliant Stadium, and I’m going to show you which way to bet on the NFL playoffs to make your NFL pick on for this great game.

Wild Card Playoff Picks
Cincinnati Bengals (10-6, 9-6-1 ATS) +5
Houston Texans (12-4, 9-7 ATS) -5
Over/Under 44

Last season, there was a whole heck of a lot of defense in the game played between the Texans and the Bengals in the playoffs, but that was a totally different game. QB Matt Schaub is going to be given the chance to stretch the field, something that QB TJ Yates really didn’t have at the time, while QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green are both clearly on the up and up right now and make one of the best young tandems in football. That doesn’t immediately mean that I’m going after an ‘over’ play by any stretch of the imagination, though.

In spite of the fact that there was a defensive touchdown and several big time plays, there were still only 41 points scored in last year’s playoff game between Houston and Cincinnati. This year, the Texans haven’t been all that bad defensively. Yes, this unit has had some bad games, but if you take away what QB Tom Brady and QB Aaron Rodgers did to this team, you’ve got a defense that ranks incredibly highly. DE JJ Watt is still one of the best defensive players in the league, and DE Antonio Smith has had a great year as well. On the other side of the field, the Bengals played some solid defense, and they quietly came up with a great year out of DT Geno Atkins, who had 12.5 sacks.

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In the end, I really do think that the Texans are going to get back to running the football. QB Matt Schaub has just one touchdown pass over the course of his last four games, and he has generated just one offensive touchdown for the team in the last 10 quarters of football. That just doesn’t cut it when push comes to shove. Still, Foster could have one of these games where he carries the ball 30 times for 110 yards with a couple of scores, and if that turns out to be the case, this is a game that is probably going to ultimately not reach the ‘total’.

Cincinnati vs. Houston Picks & Tips: Under 44

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the 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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