[caption id="attachment_21741" align="aligncenter" width="496"] Patrick Schneider / Associated Press[/caption] The wild card round begins with the same matchup that opened last years playoffs, the Texans at home against the Bengals. When and Where: Sunday, 6th January, Reliant Stadium, Houston. Coverage: LIVE ESPN 8:30 am, ONE HD (Free-to-air). Going off previous seasons, momentum is everything when it comes to the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Houston Texans (12-4) they are anything but on a roll at the moment. Houston comes into this matchup after a pair of worrying losses to a young Colts team and a one-dimensional Vikings team that a defensive powerhouse -- as the Texans purport to be -- should've handled easily. Regardless, the Texans will be looking to replicate last year's playoff meeting between the two teams which saw Houston topple Cincinnati 31-10, securing the franchise's lone playoff victory. Pressure is the name of the game for Houston this week. The Texans' front four need to get into Andy Dalton's face early and often so they don't allow him and boom receiver A.J. Green to get into a rhythm. Look for sack machine J.J. Watt to have plenty of chances to add to his 20.5 sack total for the year. As opposed to Houston, the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) comes into this game full of momentum after putting up a three game winning streak. As well as having momentum on their side, the Bengals will be coming into this matchup looking to attone for last year's playoff loss that many considered a shock with the Texans starting third string quarterback T.J. Yates in place of the injured Matt Schaub. The Bengals defensive unit will have one thing on its mind - stop Arian Foster. Foster has had another outstanding year racking up 1,424 on the ground and he will be the focus of the Texans attack. Cincinnati cannot allow Foster to run over them like he did in last year playoff where he had over 150 yards and two scores, otherwise they will face a similar fate. Watch out for: I expect Houston QB Matt Schaub to be the difference in this matchup. After missing last year's playoffs he will be desperate to make an impact on the field and prove he is a playoff-calibre quarterback. If the Texans loosen their conservative play calling approach and give Schaub chances to throw the rock around, he could be in for a massive day. Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis must have a massive game if the Bengals are any chance of winning. Green-Ellis needs to take pressure off quarterback Andy Dalton's shoulders and help keep the offence balanced, while also slowing down the Texans' pass rush. He is carrying a hamstring injury into the game which may limit him somewhat but he is the key to Cincinnati's chances. Final word and prediction: It will be a close match but I can see the Texans coming out on top here. I'm picking the Texans to win it 24-21.