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Bengals-Lions Preview

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Go inside the Bengals-Lions matchup with a look at some key facts and figures for Sunday's game, including broadcast information, injury news, game notes, coaching history, weather information, and a look inside the numbers.

 


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GAME PREVIEW
OCTOBER 20, 2013

 

TIME: 1 p.m. Sunday

PLACE: Ford Field (FieldTurf)
 
LOCAL RADIO: Play-by-play Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham led by Triple Cast of WLW 700 AM, ESPN AM 1530 and WEBN FM 102.7 on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

TV: CBS team of play-by-play Marv Albert and analyst Rich Gannon on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, KY

INJURIES
CIN: Starting CB Terence Newman (hip-abdomen) worked full Friday after missing the Wednesday and Thursday practices with the injury that took him out of 15 snaps during last Sunday's game in Buffalo and is probable. He did return in that game and indicated the injury had nothing to do with Buffalo's 40-yard tying TD pass with 1:15 left. Heading into his 167th week, it looks like Newman will be playing his 155th game. On Thursday, everyone went full but Newman after C Kyle Cook (shoulder) and DT Devon Still (back) were limited and RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness) sat out Wednesday. Everyone is probable.

DET: OUT: TE Tony Scheffler (concussion) and WR Nate Burleson (forearm). Calvin Johnson (knee) has been limited the past few weeks after missing the Oct. 6 Packers game, but he looked close to full speed this week in practice and figures to play at least 80 percent of the snaps after the bulk of his 53 percent last week came in the second half. He's listed as probable. The most serious injury for the Lions looks to be the ribs problem of running back Joique Bell and there has been talk of him playing with a flak jacket. He was limited Thursday and Friday and is questionable. His absence would be an annoyance. He's the short-yardage complement to Reggie Bush with 53 carries. S Louis Delmas (knee) didn't practice Friday after being limited Thursday but is probable.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Bengals lead, 7-3, 4-1 Detroit, 1-0 at Ford Field.  

NOTEWORTHY
» The only time the Lions beat the Bengals in Detroit, they did it in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 27, 1970 in Cincinnati's first game against an old-line NFL team in the first year of the merger. The Lions won 38-3.

» That game proved to be a gathering of four current and future Bengals head coaches. Founder Paul Brown was the coach of a team that would win its last seven games to qualify for its first playoff berth. Backup quarterback Sam Wyche completed three of seven passes for 51 yards and tight end Bruce Coslet caught one pass for seven yards. And for the Lions, cornerback Dick LeBeau added another to his Pro Football Hall of Fame total of 63 interceptions with one of two picks for the Lions.

» In the previous two decades during their last five meetings, Bengals-Lions has meant a big rushing game by someone. In 1992 Lions running back Barry Sanders went for 151 yards in a 19-13 win and followed it up with 185 yards in a 1998 overtime loss in the Pontiac Silverdome. In the Bengals 2001 victory on the road, running back Corey Dillon went for 184 yards that included a 96-yard TD run and Rudi Johnson (117) in 2005 at Ford Field and Cedric Benson (110) in 2009 at Paul Brown Stadium hit the century mark in Bengals victories.

» In the '98 Bengals victory, future Bengals QB Scott Mitchell threw a pick to Cincinnati cornerback Corey Sawyer for a 58-yard interception touchdown return just 2:06 into the OT.

» The Bengals clinched their first AFC North title with a 41-17 victory in their only regular-season appearance at Ford Field on Dec. 18, 2005. Carson Palmer broke the club record for TD passes in a season with 30 when he hit Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Kelley Washington for one each. No Bengals player on the current roster was on that team.

» Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was the Ravens defensive assistant/quality control from 1996-98 under Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, the Ravens defensive coordinator.
 
NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 23rd in scoring, T-12th in offense (16th rushing, 16th passing); 7th in scoring defense, 8th in defense (10th rushing, 6th passing), T-22th in turnover margin at minus-2.

DET: 6th in scoring, 9th in offense (21st rushing, 6th passing); 19th in scoring defense, 26th in defense (29th rushing, 21st passing), T-6th in turnover margin at plus-5.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 83-82-1 regular season, 0-4 postseason in his 11th season;  2-0 vs. Detroit.

DET: Jim Schwartz 26-45 in fifth season, 0-1 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

WEATHER
None as the Bengals prepare for their 62nd regular-season game indoors and the only one this season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 36-47 - Lewis's road record
» 15-19 - Schwartz's home record
» 3-6 - Lewis's record indoors
» 8-2 - Lewis's record vs. NFC North
» 3-1 - Lewis's road record vs. NFC North
» 0 - Bengals losses in four indoor games vs. Lions in Detroit
» 12.5 - NFL-leading sacks among defensive tackles by Cincinnati's Geno Atkins last season
» 8 - Sacks by Detroit's Ndamukong Suh last season, second among NFL defensive tackles
» 4 - Sacks by Atkins this season, third among DTs behind Jason Hatcher of Dallas (5) and Dontari Poe of Kansas City (4.5) and tied with Buffalo's Marcel Dareus.
» 2.5 - Sacks by Suh this season
» 27 - Sacks by Atkins in 54 career games
» 24.5 - Sacks by Suh in 52 career games
» 69 - NFL-leading sacks for the Bengals since 2012 (tied with Broncos)
» 46 - Sacks by Lions since 2012
» 21 - NFL-best streak of games holding passers to less than 300 yards by Bengals
» 19 - Lions-record 300-yard passing games by QB Matthew Stafford
» 31 - Consecutive games Stafford has thrown for at least 225 yards
» 392 - Career catches by Detroit's Reggie Bush to lead all NFL running backs since 2006
» 404 - Combined catches by Bengals running backs since 2006
» 1,964 - NFL best season receiving yards for Lions WR Calvin Johnson, set in 2012
» 1,883 - Combined receiving yards for Cincinnati's two leading wide receivers last year (A.J. Green, 1350 and Andrew Hawkins, 533)

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