Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins will not be playing in the upcoming game against the Houston Texans due to a hamstring injury. This comes as a blow to the Bengals, as Higgins had already been dealing with a fractured rib prior to this latest injury. The Bengals also have wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Charlie Jones listed as questionable for Week 10. While Chase expects to play, Jones’ status will be decided closer to game time.
In addition to Higgins, defensive end Sam Hubbard will also miss the game due to an ankle injury, and defensive tackle Josh Tupou is doubtful to play this week.
The Bengals’ quarterback, Joe Burrow, has been recovering from a calf injury suffered in the preseason. Despite not missing any games due to the injury, the Bengals’ offense struggled, resulting in a 1-3 record through Week 4. However, Burrow’s recovery has coincided with a four-game winning streak, with the Bengals recently beating three playoff teams from last season.
Higgins, who had been playing through the pain of his fractured rib, is now dealing with a hamstring injury and is considered week to week. Head coach Zac Taylor described Higgins as a “tough guy” and confirmed that he will not be playing against the Texans.
Chase, the star wide receiver, suffered a bruised back in the previous game against the Bills, but has expressed his intention to play against the Texans on Sunday. With Higgins out and Chase battling with a sore back, other receivers, including Tyler Boyd, will have the opportunity to make an impact in Week 10.
Despite the injuries, the Bengals are listed as -6.5 favorites against the Houston Texans. The Bengals have a 4-3-1 against the spread (ATS) record this season, and they will be looking to continue their recent winning momentum.
Looking ahead, the Bengals are focused on improving their divisional record, with all four teams in the AFC North currently having winning records. The Ravens are the current favorites to win the division, but the Bengals are seen as strong contenders with a healthy Burrow leading the way.
As for the Bengals’ overall postseason chances, they are listed at -300 odds to make the playoffs, with +235 odds to miss the postseason. The team’s Super Bowl odds have also improved, currently listed at +1200, thanks to their recent resurgence led by a healthy Burrow.
Overall, the Bengals are optimistic about their prospects as they look to overcome their recent spate of injuries and continue their winning ways through the remainder of the season.