Instant Reaction: Bengals Hold On For 22-13 Win Over Houston

The Bengals held on for a close road win over the Texans, securing their seventh win of the season thanks to a huge day from A.J. Green. The defense held the Texans offense to just six points, and an Andy Dalton pick-six was the only touchdown of the day for Houston.

Turning Point: Up by six points, the Bengals defense was faced with stopping the Texans comeback attempt late in the ballgame. On a third down attempt the Bengals sacked Ryan Mallet, forcing a punt to give the ball back to the offense.

Cincinnati put up a field goal on the next drive, icing the game for the win.

Key Stat: The Texans were held to just 189 yards before their final drive, which came with the game already in hand against a stout Bengals defense. In comparison, A.J. Green had 121 yards of offense by himself.

Bengals MVP: A.J. Green - 12 catches, 121 yards

Green set a career high with 12 catches and looks completely healed from his toe injury earlier in the year. He was just two catches shy of the Bengals franchise record.

Texans MVP: Johnathan Joseph - 60-yard interception return for a touchdown

The Texans offense had trouble moving the football, but Joseph put up the first and only touchdown of the day for Houston with a pick-six in the third quarter.

What's Next?

The Bengals travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers, while Houston hosts divisional opponent Tennessee.

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