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Houston Texans vs. Cincinnati Bengals- 12/24/16 NFL Pick Odds and Prediction

The Texans and Bengals were mostly inept on offense, until they traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Sources said Green wants to play, but it appears to be a team decision. With 5 seconds left, the Bengals attempted a field goal kick and missed one of their own.

The question going into the offseason for Cincinnati would seem to be the fate of coach Marvin Lewis. He knocked a 43-yard field goal through the uprights to end the first half, keeping him flawless in 11 field goal attempts this season, but on his 12th attempt, old demons crept up on him, and Smith knows why.

"It's big", Green said Thursday.

Green proceeded to request he be excused to fly back to Cincinnati prior to the game to spend Christmas Eve with his family and the Bengals obliged.

"LaFell quote", said LaFell, who finished with six catches for a career-high 130 yards. Lamar Miller expected not to play vs. the Bengals and more.

FLYING FALCONS: Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns for a 144.5 rating and running back DEVONTA FREEMAN had 139 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 41-13 victory over San Francisco in Week 15.

Local players to watch: Houston - S Eddie Pleasant (Oregon). Quarterback Tom Savage could struggle at times in his first National Football League start.

Despite the success, there are still question marks going forward as the Texans try to advance in the playoffs.

Four plays, 75 yards, 2:04. Houston will host a wild-card game in two weeks, that we know for sure.

But for the second week in a row they drew flags in bunches, and it cost them.

A loss or tie by the Raiders against the Colts later Saturday would officially give New England the AFC's top seed. An extra point would have given the team at least some cushion, but as we've learned this season, all point-after attempts are not guaranteed. "They've done a nice job all year".

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