6 things to know about Bengals loss to Texans

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Cincinnati Bengals WR AJ Green will return Saturday vs. Texans

26 December, 2016

Thanks to Tennessee's loss to Jacksonville earlier in the day; Houston, now 9-6 on the season, had a chance to wrap up the division title that night. Savage struggled, only completing two passes for 13 yards in the first half and 18 total for 176 yards.

The Bengals brought Bullock in on December 13 when they released Mike Nugent after the veteran had gone 23-for-29 on field goals and 23-for-29 on extra points.

For the Bengals (6-8-1) this was yet another disappointment in a hard season that will end a streak of five straight postseason appearances. Perhaps they'll play against the Oakland Raiders, who will have to go with McGloin after Derek Carr broke his fibula on Saturday.

"It was just taking a deep breath and realizing what we have on defense, what they're doing for us", Savage said.

Cincinnati (6-8-1) went on top when Andy Dalton found Brandon LaFell on a short pass and he took it 86 yards for a touchdown that made it 10-6 with about 11 minutes left.

"Champs. That's all I was thinking right there", he said. The Texans responded with efficiency connecting with passes to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller to set up a 24 yard scamper from Alfred Blue into the end zone to put the Texans ahead.

He said some of the hits he took were "self-inflicted" but that "it's the least we can do as a quarterback to try and sit in there and deliver a good ball and let those guys make a play".

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The Texans were without starting running back Lamar Miller for the first time this season after he injured his ankle at the end of Sunday's victory over the Jaguars.

Bullock had made all four of his kicks last week against Pittsburgh and was a ideal 6-for-6 on field goals this season for the Bengals and the Steelers.

After committing just one penalty for 8 yards in the first half, Cincinnati got flagged twice on Houston's opening drive of the third quarter, which lead to a game-tying field goal. They gained just 250 yards, which was actually not bad considering they had 34 at halftime.

Green has missed the last four games due to a hamstring injury, and said he hopes to play Saturday against the Houston Texans.

Jadeveon Clowney can't wait for his first career playoff appearance after missing Houston's postseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs last season with a foot injury.

The Bengals have had a nightmare of a 2016 National Football League season.

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