Defense carries Bengals past Texans

Houston, TX ( – A.J. Green racked up 121 yards on a career-
high 12 catches, and the Cincinnati Bengals received a stout effort on
defense to come through with a 22-13 victory over the Houston Texans.

The Bengals kept the Houston offense out of the end zone and limited the
Texans to 248 total yards in their fourth win in five games, which gave
Cincinnati (7-3-1) a slim lead atop a crowded AFC North.

Andy Dalton completed 24-of-35 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown to
Mohammed Sanu in the triumph, with Jeremy Hill adding 87 rushing yards and a
touchdown on 18 attempts.

The Texans’ only touchdown came on Johnathan Joseph’s 59-yard interception
return of Dalton in the third quarter. Ryan Mallett was largely ineffective in
his second career start at quarterback, mustering just 189 yards with an
interception on a 21-of-45 completion rate.

Alfred Blue, coming off a 36-carry, 156-yard effort in last week’s win at
Cleveland, was held to 46 yards on 16 rushes in place of an injured Arian
Foster for Houston (5-6).