RECORDS & AWARDS
AFC PREVIEW: CINCINNATI BENGALS–AFC NORTH (10-6) AT HOUSTON TEXANS–AFC SOUTH (12-4)
January 2, 2013Richmond High School
TEAMS MEET for second time in postseason play. Texans defeated Bengals, 31-10, in Wild Card on 1/7/12.
BENGALS: Club has reached postseason for 4th time under head coach MARVIN LEWIS (2005, 2009, 2011-2012). Reached postseason in consecutive seasons for 1st time since 1981-82. Bengals aim for 1st postseason win since 1/6/91 against Houston Oilers (Wild Card). Club posted 6-2 road record this season…QB ANDY DALTON is 19-13 (.594) as starter, highest all-time win pct. by Bengals QB (min. 20 starts). Had career-bests in passing yards (3,669) & TDs (27) this season. Posted 95.1 4th quarter rating in 2012. Will make 2nd career postseason start. Dalton is native of Katy, TX…RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS had career-high 1,094 rush yards in 2012. Has rushed for 183 yards on 47 carries in 4 career postseason games (all with NE)…WR A.J. GREEN (1,350) is 2nd player in Bengals history to reach 1,300 receiving yards in season (CHAD JOHNSON). Green’s 97 receptions in 2012 tied for 4th-most in single season by Bengal. Green (162) has 2nd-most receptions in 1st 2 seasons of a career in NFL history, trailing only MARQUES COLSTON (168). Has 10 catches for 106 yards in 2 career games vs. Hou. (incl. postseason). Green is 1st WR to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of his 1st 2 seasons in league since RANDY MOSS (1998-99). WR ANDREW HAWKINS had career-highs in receptions (51), receiving yards (533) & TDs (4) this season. Rookie WR MARVIN JONES posted 1st career TD catch last week…TE JERMAINE GRESHAM (64) posted 2nd-most receptions by TE in franchise history in 2012 (DAN ROSS, 71 in 1981)…Defense ranked 3rd in NFL with franchise-best 51 sacks this season…Allowed 3rd-fewest yards per game (319.7) in AFC in ’12…DT GENO ATKINS (12.5) & DE MICHAEL JOHNSON (11.5) ranked No. 2 & 3, respectively, for most sacks by Bengal in season since 1982 (EDDIE EDWARDS, 13 in 1983). Atkins had sack in only postseason appearance. Since ’10, Atkins leads NFL DTs with 23 sacks…Rookie LB VONTAZE BURFICT posted team-high 127 tackles…LB REY MAUALUGA had career-high 122 tackles in ’12…CB TERENCE NEWMAN has played in 5 career postseason games (all with Dal.)…PR-CB ADAM JONES (with Titans) has 2 career PR-TDs against Texans (52, 53)…Club had 2 players selected to 2013 Pro Bowl (DT Atkins, WR Green).
TEXANS: Have most wins in single season in franchise history (12). Captured AFC South title for 2nd consecutive season. Posted 6-0 record at home vs. AFC this season. Incl. postseason, Hou. aims for 5th consecutive win vs. Bengals…QB MATT SCHAUB will make 1st career postseason start. Schaub (4,008) reached 4,000 passing yards for 3rd time in career (4,770 in 2009; 4,370 in 2010). In 2 career regular season starts vs. Bengals, Schaub is 2-0 & has completed 52 of 68 passes (76.5 pct.) for 672 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT & 135.2 passer rating. At home in ’12, Schaub had 13 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 101.7 passer rating…RB ARIAN FOSTER has rushed for 100+ yards in each of his 2 career postseason games (153, 132). Against Bengals in WC last season, Foster rushed for 153 yards on 24 att. (6.4 avg.) with 2 TDs. Posted NFL-best 17 TDs (15 rush, 2 receiving) in ’12. Since ’10, Foster leads NFL in total TDs (47). Registered 7 games with 100+ rush yards in ’12 & Texans are 7-0 in such games…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (1,598) joined HOFer JERRY RICE (4) & MARVIN HARRISON (3) as only players in NFL history to register at least 3 seasons with 1,500 receiving yards. Johnson is averaging 122.7 receiving yards per game in past 3 vs. Cin. (incl. playoffs). Posted 5 receptions for 90 yards (18 avg.) with TD in playoff game vs. Cin. Has totaled 13 catches for 201 yards (15.5 avg.) with TD in 2 career postseason games. WR KEVIN WALTER spent 3 seasons with Bengals (2003-05)…TE OWEN DANIELS had career-best 6 TD receptions in ’12…DE J.J. WATT had NFL-best 20.5 sacks in 2012, tied for 6th-most since sacks became official stat in ’82. Posted 16 passes defensed in ’12, most among NFL DL. Has 3.5 sacks in 2 career postseason games. Watt had 29-yard INT-return TD vs. Cin. in WC game last season. LB BROOKS REED has 3.5 sacks & FF in 2 career playoff games. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS tied for 1st among AFC rookies with 6 sacks…DE ANTONIO SMITH has 3 sacks, 1 FF & 1 FR in 6 career postseason games…CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH was selected in 1st round (No. 24) by Bengals in ’06 NFL Draft & spent 5 seasons in Cin…S DANIEAL MANNING & CB Joseph each posted INTs in WC game vs. Cin. last year. S GLOVER QUIN posted team-high 84 tackles…Club had AFC-best & franchise-record 8 players selected to 2013 Pro Bowl (T DUANE BROWN, RB Foster, WR Johnson, CB Joseph, C CHRIS MYERS, QB Schaub, G WADE SMITH, DE Watt).