Under the Radar: Texans vs Bengals

When the Texans take on the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday, everyone will be aware of impact players such as Andre Johnson, Mario Williams, Chad Ocho-Cinco, and T.J. Houshmanzadeh. We are going to give some players to watch that may not be so prevalent.

When the Texans are on offense:

Rookie running back Steve Slaton is beginning to make a name for himself and he has emerged as the Texans best threat in the backfield. Slaton should have a solid day against a porous run defense.

The interior of the Texans offensive line should be able to dominate up front and push around the smaller, less talented Bengals.

It seems as the better Andre Johnson does, the better Owen Daniels does. The Texans tight end is benefitting from Johnson's greatness as the middle of the field is often open for him to roam.

Linebacker Rashad Jeantry has made plenty of plays this season, and look for him to once again be all over the field.

Leon Hall is the most talented player in the Bengals secondary, and he will likely draw the task of lining up against Andre Johnson. Hall could really raise his standing amongst NFL corners if he's up to the task.

When the Bengals are on offense:

Although the quarterback is never under the radar, Ryan Fitzpatrick had his best day as a pro in Reliant Stadium as a member of the Rams, and he just may have another good day if his line can protect him.

Troubled wide receiver Chris Henry represents a mismatch as a third receiver and can make big plays if Fitzpatrick can get him the ball.

Kenny Watson is a powerful change of pace back, and he could find the end zone in this game.

Zac Diles may be the best linebacker on the team, and that is saying a lot. Still, not many outside of Houston know about how special he is.

DeMarcus Faggins is playing the best football of his career if you take away the one mistake last week. We expect Faggins to play well again.

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