Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will look to continue his All Pro caliber season and lead Cincinnati to another win to continue what has been the team's best start in franchise history. Dalton is second among all NFL starting quarterbacks in quarterback rating behind only New England's Tom Brady.
As for the Houston Texans, despite entering the game 3-5, they would be tied atop the AFC South with the Indianapolis Colts if they can pull off the upset. Early in the season, the Houston quarterback position was a back-and-forth competition between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, but the latter has since been released from the team and the former has performed as the full-time starter. Hoyer, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, has thrown for two or more touchdowns in five consecutive games, which is the longest streak in the Texans' team history.
Both offenses have shown the ability to put up high-scoring numbers, so this game could come down to the defenses and if J.J. Watt and the Texans could match the Bengals defense, which has given up the second-least points per game in the NFL. Houston, in their 20-6 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week 8, tied a franchise record with seven sacks.