November 16, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
Bengals Battle Texans in Cheapest Remaining Game in Cincinnati this Season
Welcome to the jungle, Houston. Riding high off the best start in franchise history, the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals will play host to the Houston Texans in tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup. And while the Bengals are expected to cruise past the 3-5 Texans, tonight’s game will be the cheapest remaining at Paul Brown Stadium this season. According to TiqIQ the average price for Bengals vs Texans tickets is currently $138.05 on the secondary market, which marks a 20.2% drop below the season average of $173.01 across all four remaining regular season games in Cincinnati. The cheapest ticket to Monday night’s game is listed for $68. Only a January 3 game against the lowly Baltimore Ravens will own a cheaper get-in price of $47. ParkWhiz.com has Paul Brown Stadium parking starting from $5 for those attending the game. The shortest distance offered through ParkWhiz is $32 to be 1/4 of a mile away from the stadium, with the $5 option being .83 miles away. While it has been relatively smooth sailing for the Bengals this season, they have played a fair share of nail-biting games through the first nine weeks of play. Four games have been decided by six points or less, with those four games coming against underperforming teams like the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens. Simply put, poor teams have tended to stick around late, and the Texans have the next shot of dethroning the leaders of the AFC North. Recent history is in favor of the Texans as well. The Bengals have lost their last five meetings with the Texans dating back to 2008, including 2011’s AFC Wild Card blowout. Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton is just 1-3 all-time against Houston and has thrown just two touchdowns to counter a horrid five interceptions in those games. Don’t lose the faith just yet, Bengals fans. Tonight’s game will be held on home turf, a field where the Bengals haven’t lost since Week 14 last season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Texans have limited the Bengals to an average of 16 points over their last four encounters, but J.J. Watt and his defense will need to pull off a near-miracle if they hope to stop the surge of Dalton and the Bengals. For as poor as Houston has played this season the Texans are still afloat in an anemic AFC South division. They trail the division-leading Indianapolis Colts (4-5) by just one game, and Monday’s affair in Cincinnati could slip them into a tie with the Colts, who will miss Andrew Luck for several weeks with a lacerated kidney, for first place. They’ll be well-tested, however, as the Bengals look to follow the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers into Week 11 as the only undefeated teams remaining.