The Houston Texans got off to a great start in the AFC Playoffs with a convincing 31-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday.
In the first of four weekend wildcard games, running back Arian Foster ran for two touchdowns and 153 yards rushing as Houston advances to play the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoff next weekend.
There were three major reasons why the Texans won today:
1) The dominant performance of J.J. Watt late in the first half. With the game tied 10-10 late in the first half, Watt intercepted an Andy Dalton pass for a touchdown that gave the Texans a lead they would not relinquish. Watt then sacked Dalton near the end of the half to stall a Bengals drive.
2) Foster was significantly better than Cedric Benson, who ran for 139 more yards than his counterpart.
3) Texans quarterback T.J. Yates made better decisions than Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Yates didn’t throw an interception, compared to Dalton’s three, and while Dalton failed to launch a long bomb, Yates threw a 40 yard bomb to Andre Johnson late in the third quarter.