The Cincinnati Bengals snapped an 11-game losing streak versus the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15. Next up for the Bengals is to attempt to end their road win drought.
Week 16’s contest in Houston is Zac Taylor and the Bengals’ last opportunity of the season to finally win a game on the road. The Bengals are 0-19-1 in their past 20 road games. Cincinnati’s most recent road win was on Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. Taylor is 0-14-1 away from Paul Brown Stadium since he became head coach.
“We made an emphasis, the next thing we want to do is get that road game win. We need that as a team and as a program. That’s what our sights are set on, to beat Houston on the road,” Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard said.
Hubbard was a rookie in Cincy’s most recent win away from home. He played 40 snaps and collected one tackle in the 37-36 Week 4 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in 2018.
The third-year defensive end is hoping the club’s impressive upset win against the Steelers will have a carryover effect down south in Houston and in the season finale.
“We’re focusing on Houston. I think we really just want to carry what we did on Monday night for these last two weeks so that we have something to build on going into the offseason,” Hubbard said.
The Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars are the only two clubs without a road win this season. Cincinnati is the only team in the NFL with zero road wins since the start of last year.
Other Bengals news and notes
Brandon Allen: Allen is on track to start this week in Houston.
Allen missed the team’s Week 15 win because of a knee injury. The fourth-year quarterback has 506 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in three starts this season.
Tyler Boydunavailable: Boyd (concussion) is ruled out for Sunday's game. The Bengals slot receiver suffered a concussion in the first quarter in the team's Week 15 win.
Zac Taylor’s Christmas message to fans: The Bengals head coach delivered a Christmas message to fans during his press conference this week.
“I hope everybody has a tremendous Christmas and continue to take care of those around you. It's a tough time for a lot of people, and we all have a lot to be thankful for, so, again, just take care of those around you during these next couple of days, weeks, months, whatever it is,” Taylor said. “I've been really impressed just with the community here in Cincinnati overall the way everybody's handled it and it's been great to see.”