Bengals vs. Texans: 'Best defense will win'

When breaking down Sunday's pivotal game against the Houston Texans, Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko came to this conclusion:

"The best defense will win this game," he told the team's website.

The Texans rank in the top four in the NFL in total yards, rushing yards, passing yards and points allowed. The Bengals are in the top 10 in total yards, rushing yards and passing yards, but they're 14th in points allowed.

Cincinnati was the league's top-ranked defense at the end of October (giving up 278.5 yards per game), but the Bengals have slipped since their bye. In the past six games, Cincinnati has held only one team under 295 yards (the Cleveland Browns) and has allowed an average of 334.8 yards.

"The Texans I think have the best defense in the league, and we were talking about it in the team meeting,” Peko said. "So we have to show up and play a lot better than last week.”

Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton described the Texans defense as "relentless" after watching film of Brian Cushing, J.J. Watt and former Bengal Johnathan Joseph.

"They're not giving up on plays," Dalton said. "They're running around and they're real physical. We've played several times like that. It's something you see right away when you put on the film.”