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Bengals-Ravens Preview

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Go inside the Bengals-Ravens 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
NOVEMBER 10, 2013

 

TIME: 1 p.m. Sunday

PLACE: M&T Bank Stadium (Sportexe Momentum)

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 broadcast team of play-by-play Greg Gumbel and analyst Dan Dierdorf on Cincinnati's Channel 12, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.
 
INJURIES
CIN: OUT: DT Devon Still (elbow), MLB Rey Maualuga (knee, concussion). Backup MLB Michael Boley (hamstring) was downgraded to doubtful when he didn't work Friday after going limited Thursday. RB Giovani Bernard (rib) went limited for a third straight day Friday and was ruled questionable. TE Jermaine Gresham (groin) didn't work Thursday and Friday after being limited Wednesday and is questionable, but head coach Marvin Lewis is hopeful he can go. RG Kevin Zeitler (hamstring) went full Friday after being limited the first two days this week and was probable.
 
BAL: OUT: And on IR, starting LG Kelechi Osemele (back); The following are all questionable: Starting RCB Jimmy Smith (hamstring) missed Wednesday and Thursday and went limited Friday. Third CB Corey Graham (calf) returned Friday after missing Thursday and was limited. Starting MLB Daryl Smith (thigh) missed this week until Friday, when he was limited. Starting SS James Ihedigbo (toe) surfaced on Friday's injury report and was limited. WR Brandon Stokley (thigh) missed this week until Friday and was limited. Rush LB Terrell Suggs (foot) went full after resting Thursday and is probable.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Ravens lead, 19-15; 12-5 at home; 11-4 at M&T Bank

NOTEWORTHY
» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis returns to Baltimore for the first time with no Ravens remaining from his defense that forged the 2000 Super Bowl title. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who retired after last season, was the last one.

» Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, the only coach since the 1970 merger to win a postseason game in each of his first five seasons, made his head coaching debut against the Bengals in the 2008 opener; at M&T Bank and the Ravens won, 17-10.

» The Ravens are the old Cleveland Browns, founded and later coached by Bengals founder Paul Brown for the first 17 seasons of their existence. Brown made it to the playoffs the first six years Cleveland was in the NFL from 1950-55 and had a 4-3 record in the postseason with three NFL titles.

» While Lewis has deep ties to Baltimore, Harbaugh goes as deep in Cincinnati. He played at Miami of Ohio and coached at the University of Cincinnati in the late '80s to mid '90s.

» Former Bengals safety Jeromy Miles, who led Cincinnati in special teams tackles in 2011 and was second in 2012, has four special teams tackles for the Ravens.

» Former Bengals running back Bernard Scott, who is on the Ravens roster but has yet to play in a game, was impressive in his games vs. Baltimore. He had 126 yards on 26 carries that included a 25-yard touchdown run.

» While the Ravens have some former Bengals players, the Bengals have some former Ravens coaches. Running backs coach Hue Jackson was Harbaugh's first quarterbacks coach from 2008-09 and secondary coach Mark Carrier had the same job under both Brian Billick and Harbaugh from 2006-09. Bengals head strength coach Chip Morton worked under Ravens head strength coach Jeff Friday from 1999-2001. Friday was the head man under Billick and has assisted Morton in Cincinnati since 2010. Special teams coach Darrin Simmons broke into the NFL in 1998 as the Ravens assistant special teams coach and assistant strength coach.

» Bengals SAM linebacker James Harrison played for Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees when Pees was the head coach at Kent State.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 14th in scoring, 9th in offense (19th rushing, 7th passing); 6th in scoring defense, 5th in defense (10th rushing, 11th passing), 25th in turnover margin at minus-4.

BAL: T-21tst in scoring, 23rd in offense (29th rushing, 15th passing); 10th in scoring defense, 10th in defense (8th rushing, 14th passing), T-21st in turnover margin at minus-3.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 85-83-1 regular season, 0-4 postseason in his 11th season; 11-9 vs. Ravens.

BAL: John Harbaugh 66-35 his in sixth season, 6-4 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for sunny skies and no chance of rain with a kickoff temperature of 55 degrees and a high of 60 later in the game. Winds out of the west at 10 miles per hour gusting at times to 20.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 37 - Road victories for Lewis
» 35 - Home victories for Harbaugh
» 23-17-1 - Lewis's November record
» 8-1 - Harbaugh's November home record
» 4-6 - Lewis's record in Baltimore
» 16 - NFL-leading consecutive games the Ravens have recorded at least two sacks
» 13 - Games the Bengals have recorded at least two sacks in the last 16
» 361 - Rushing yards by Bengals RB Giovani Bernard in his first nine NFL games
» 356 - Rushing yards by Ravens RB Ray Rice in his first nine NFL games
» 81 - Carries by Bernard in his first nine games
» 77 - Carries by Rice in his first nine games
» 30 - Catches by Bernard in his first nine games (for 267 yards)
» 20 - Catches by Rice in his first nine games (for 190 yards)
» 6 - TDs by Bernard in his first nine games
» 0 - TDs by Rice in his first nine games
» 63-39 - TDs-INTs for Bengals QB Andy Dalton in his first 41 NFL starts
» 50-30 - TDs-INTs for Ravens QB Joe Flacco in his first 41 NFL starts
» 25-16 - Bengals record in Dalton's first 41 NFL starts
» 26-15 - Ravens record in Flacco's first 41 NFL stars
» 862 - NFL-leading receiving yards by Bengals WR A.J. Green
» 19.6 - Yards per catch by Ravens WR Torrey Smith, second best in NFL
» 5 - Bengals record for consecutive 100-yard games if Green hits century mark Sunday
» 2 - Consecutive 100-yard games posted by Smith earlier in the season for the first back-to-back 100-yard games by a Raven in 14 seasons (Qadry Ismail)

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