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Much is at stake when Bengals host Texans

Why to watch
This is a playoff game here, with all kinds of tiebreaker potential. The Texans keep rolling despite losing key players (hello, T.J. Yates), while the Bengals come off their first lopsided loss of the season. Houston is still pushing for the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC, while the Bengals hope for a wild-card berth after three straight division defeats.

Inside story
Johnathan Joseph faces his old team, with so much on the line, and a likely matchup against the Bengals' Rookie of the Year candidate A.J. Green. This will be quite the homecoming for the former Bengals player. The other key matchup would have been Leon Hall vs. Andre Johnson, but they're both hurt. Cincy must establish ball control with Cedric Benson. The Texans are ballhawking in the back end.

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