Bengals, Texans have plenty to prove

Texans' Arian Foster looks to avoid the Bengals' Chris Crocker during last season's AFC wild-card...

Texans' Arian Foster looks to avoid the Bengals' Chris Crocker during last season's AFC wild-card playoff game. Houston hammered Cincinnati by a 31-10 count. (REUTERS)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:12 AM ET

HOUSTON - Well, here we go again. The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans get to open up the NFL playoff season for the second year in a row.

If the NFL playoffs can be viewed as a multi-course meal, Saturday’s tilt in Houston serves as a thin, flavourless soup.

The Bengals vs the Texans? Really?

The other three courses on the opening weekend of playoffs are serving far juicier fare. Minnesota-Green Bay features historic Lambeau Field and the Vikings sensational Adrian Peterson; Indianapolis-Baltimore has the Andrew Luck driven Colts going against the about to retire Ray Lewis; Seattle-Washington, the most anticipated game of them all, features two dynamic rookie quarterbacks in the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III of the Redskins.

The national buzz surrounding Cincinnati-Houston is little to none.

At what will prove to be a noisy Reliant Stadium, the Bengals vs. the Texans will be about two teams looking for respect, two quarterbacks looking for


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