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NFL Capsule: Bengals at Texans

NFL Capsule: Bengals at Texans

CINCINNATI (10-6) At HOUSTON (12-4)

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Texans by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cincinnati 9-6-1; Houston 9-7

SERIES RECORD - Series tied 3-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 12; Texans No. 8

LAST MEETING - Texans beat Bengals 31-10, Jan. 7

LAST WEEK - Bengals beat Ravens 23-17; Texans lost to Colts 28-16

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (18), PASS (17)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (12), PASS (7)

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (8), PASS (11)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (7), PASS (16)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Houston looking for fifth straight win against Bengals. ... Bengals have reached playoffs in two straight seasons for first time since 1981-82. ... Cincinnati is looking for first playoff win since Jan. 6, 1991 against Houston Oilers. ... It is Cincinnati's fourth postseason appearance under coach Marvin Lewis. ... Bengals QB Andy Dalton is 19-13 as starter, highest winning percentage by Cincinnati quarterback with minimum of 20 starts in franchise history. ... Dalton's 3,669 yards passing and 27 touchdown passes were both career highs. ... Dalton grew up in Houston suburb of Katy. ... Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for career-high 1,094 yards this season. ... Green-Ellis had 183 yards rushing in four career postseason games with New England. ... Cincinnati WR A.J. Green has 1,350 yards receiving to become second player in franchise history to reach 1,300 yards receiving in a season. ... Green's 162 receptions in first two seasons are second most to start career in NFL history behind Marques Colston's 168. ... Green is first WR selected to Pro Bowl in both of his first two seasons in NFL since Randy Moss in 1998-99. ... Bengals DT Geno Atkins has 12 1/2 sacks and DE Michael Johnson has 11 1/2. ... Houston CB Johnathan Joseph was first-round draft pick by Bengals in 2006 and spent first five seasons in Cincinnati. ... Bengals PR Adam Jones has two career punt return touchdowns against Texans. ... Texans (12-4) have most wins in franchise history. ... Houston was 6-0 at home against AFC teams this season. ... Houston QB Matt Schaub will make his first career postseason start on Saturday after missing last year's playoffs with injured foot. ... Schaub has thrown for more than 4,000 yards for third time in career. ... Schaub is 2-0 with 672 yards passing, seven touchdowns and one interception in two career starts against Bengals. ... Texans DE J.J. Watt leads NFL with 20 1/2 sacks, tied for sixth most since sacks became official statistic in 1982. ... Watt's 16 passes defended are most among defensive linemen. ... Watt has 3 1/2 sacks in two career playoff games, and had 29-yard interception return for touchdown last year in playoff win against Bengals. ... Houston RB Arian Foster has rushed for more than 130 yards in both his career postseason games. ... Foster had 153 yards rushing with two scores in last year's playoff win over Bengals. ... Foster leads NFL in total touchdowns since 2010 with 47. He had seven 100-yard rushing games this season. ... Houston WR Andre Johnson has career-high 1,598 yards receiving. He joins Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison as only players in NFL history with at least three seasons with 1,500 yards receiving. ... Johnson is averaging 122.7 yards receiving in his past three games against Cincinnati. ... Houston WR Kevin Walter played with Bengals from 2003-05. ... Texans TE Owen Daniels had career-high six touchdown receptions this season. ... Texans LB Whitney Mercilus tied for first among AFC rookies with six sacks.

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A poll of 250 college basketball coaches reveals 74% want a semi-normal schedule this year

A poll of 250 college basketball coaches reveals 74% want a semi-normal schedule this year

Several college conferences across the country are preparing for the fall sports season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that it will go to a “conference-only” model for all fall sports. The Pac-12 followed announcing football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball will play only conference games. Earlier in the week, the Ivy League announced no sports would be played until January 1.

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More conferences are likely to follow shortly. But after fall sports, what will happen with winter sports and, specifically, with college basketball? Stadium basketball analyst Jeff Goodman conducted an interesting poll.

Of the 250 Division I head men’s basketball coaches (of a 353 total), 74% want a season with non-conference and conference play. Only 24% of coaches want to push the start of the season to January and play exclusively conference games.

One of the unique aspects of early-season college basketball is the non-conference matchups, sometimes in exotic locations. One of the most notable, the Maui Invitational, is planning to move forward as scheduled.

A handful of local teams are scheduled to travel to tournaments this November. Virginia and Georgetown will both head to Anaheim, Calif. for the Wooden Legacy. VCU is part of an eight-team field at the Charleston Classic and George Mason is reportedly traveling to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam.

There is plenty to be sorted out before the start of the college basketball season but for now, we will take some optimism from the men on the sidelines. 

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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey set to host garage sale Sunday, July 12

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey set to host garage sale Sunday, July 12

Offseason. What offseason? There is no offseason for Baltimore Ravens standout cornerback Marlon Humphrey who announced he's throwing a garage sale Sunday, July 12 in Owings Mills.

"Garage sale this Sunday! (Owings Mills, MD) New year means a lot needs to be left behind," Humphrey said. "Will have furniture, shoes, lights, and of course some Ravens gear 😎Everything must go..!"

Humphrey's post received north of 1,500 likes in two hours so it may be fair to say there will be a decent turnout. 

NFL players having garage sales is sort of a peculiar situation, it doesn't happen quite often. Former Green Bay Packers running back Eddy Lacy had one in 2017 which drew a large enough crown to wrap around the entire block.

In that instance, ten shoppers were allowed in at a time to peruse the items and Lacy said that all of the money will go to charity, with any leftover unsold items being given to the Freedom House homeless shelter in Green Bay, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

Humprey is entering his fourth season with the Ravens.

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