The Texans could have clinched the AFC South with a win and a Titans loss, but with Tennessee beating Jacksonville, Houston just has to win to hold serve.
Savage completed two passes for 13 yards in the first half and the Texans trailed 3-0 at halftime. Bullock made two field goals and two extra points in Week 15 and had made his one field goal attempt and one extra point attempt earlier on Saturday night in Houston.
For the Bengals (6-8-1) this was yet another disappointment in a hard season that will end a streak of five straight postseason appearances. "You have one more game to close it out, and after that we know we have to play our best football ever to be able to compete and advance".
"I think it was just taking a deep breath, realizing what we have on defense and what they're doing for us", Savage said.
Instead, the much-anticipated Savage vs. Matt Cassel duel is now just for fun because revenge is never best served wide right. Osweiler produced another bad performance during his time against the Jaguars, throwing interceptions on consecutive series in the second quarter and he didn't play another down in the game. They have put together two consecutive wins.
"A.J.is the kind of person that is obviously going to want to get back for this team", Dalton said.
He said some of the hits he took were "self-inflicted" but that "it's the least we can do as a quarterback to try and sit in there and deliver a good ball and let those guys make a play". Quarterback Tom Savage led the Texans to a come from behind victory against the Jags last week.
The Texans didn't cross midfield their first drive of the third quarter when Will Fuller caught a 14-yard pass that got them to the Cincinnati 47. "I'll have to shake it off and go forward and finish up the season strong with Baltimore". I can't remember the last time I saw a first place team replace a healthy starting quarterback in the starting lineup.
The primetime game is littered with injuries with Bengals stars A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and Vontaze Burfict already on the inactive list.
And perhaps it was apropos that the suffocating Houston defense was the story for most of the night, nearly making two second-half Nick Novak fields goals stand up.
The Bengals sacked Savage four times for their second-highest total of the season.