Bengals-Texans: Six players to watch

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati RB

His penchant for primetime (seven touchdowns in seven games) plus Houston’s inability to stop the run could produce big results.

Adam Jones, Cincinnati CB/PR

He’s been so close to breaking a huge return, there is the feeling of inevitability every time he drops back in that role. And even if the big one doesn’t come tonight, how he fares against Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins could be a deciding factor in the outcome.

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati WR

The Texans lead the league in third-down defense, and only A.J. Green has been targeted by more on third down than Sanu.

DeAndre Hopkins, Houston WR

The Bengals have not allowed a pass play of more than 29 yards in their last 13 quarters, but Hopkins could threaten that streak.

Ben Jones, Houston C

Traded twice already in his four-year career, Jones will have his hands full working against fellow Georgia alum Geno Atkins.

Johnathan Joseph, Houston CB

The Bengals’ 2006 first-round pick has intercepted Andy Dalton in each of his three games against his former team, including the one he ran back for a 60-yard touchdown last year.