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Posted Oct 28, 2011

 


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GAME PREVIEW
OCTOBER 30, 2011

 

TIME: 4:15 p.m., Sunday
 
PLACE:  CenturyLink Field (FieldTurf)

RADIO: Play-by-play man Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham on “Triple Cast” flagships 700-AM WLW, 1530-AM ESPN and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

TV: CBS broadcast team of Bill Macatee play-by-play and Steve Tasker analyst. Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.
 
INJURIES
CIN: MLB Rey Maualuga (ankle) didn’t work this week and hopes to return next week. OLB Thomas Howard (hamstring), injured in Oct. 16 Buffalo win, didn’t work during bye week, returned to limited practice Thursday but is expected to play. Same with CB Nate Clements (knee) and backup MLB Dan Skuta (groin), who were limited Wednesday and Thursday. CB Kelly Jennings (hamstring), who missed last two games, went full go this week. So did CB Adam Jones (neck) in his first week of practice and he’s been activated off PUP.

SEA: QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) was limited Wednesday and Thursday after missing last week’s game in Cleveland. Head coach Pete Carroll is calling it a game-time decision, but Seahawks observers believe Jackson will play. RB Marshawn Lynch (back), who missed last week’s game, came back full go Thursday. Other starters back full Thursday were TE Zach Miller (neck, head), C Max Unger (foot) and S Kam Chancellor (knee).
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Seattle leads regular season series 9-8; Bengals lead postseason series 1-0; Seattle leads at home, 4-3, 1-0 at Century.
 
NOTEWORTHY
» Marvin Lewis can pass Sam Wyche for most wins as Bengals head coach with 65.

» The Bengals are trying to go perfect in October for the first time since the 1975 club went 4-0 in an 11-3 season under Paul Brown.

» The last time the Bengals won in Seattle, Jeff Blake got his first win as a starting quarterback on Nov. 6, 1994 with the most yards (387) in his 66 Bengals starts.

» The two times the Bengals have gone into November with five victories under Lewis, they won the 2005 and 2009 AFC North titles.

» Seattle head coach Pete Carroll had four Bengals at USC: MLB Rey Maualuga, OLB Keith Rivers, DL Frostee Rucker, S Taylor Mays.

» Mays went to high school at Seattle’s O’Dea High School.

» For the first time since the 1970 merger, four teams in the same division hold the top four spots in the NFL defensive rankings with the Ravens, Bengals, Steelers and Browns, respectively.

» CB Kelly Jennings becomes the fourth member of the Bengals defense to face the team that drafted him in the first round joining OLB Manny Lawson vs. the Niners, CB Nate Clements vs. the Bills, and S Reggie Nelson vs. the Jaguars.

» Bengals WR A.J. Green leads all NFL rookie receivers with 453 receiving yards. Seattle free-agent wide receiver Doug Baldwin is third with 330 yards.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 17th in scoring, 22nd in offense (21st rushing, 20th passing); Second in defense (fifth rushing, fifth passing), tied for ninth in turnover margin at plus-three.

SEA: Tied for 27th in scoring, 31st in offense (31st rushing, tied for 28th passing), 15th in defense (11th rushing, 20th passing), tied for 23rd in turnover margin at minus-three.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 65 - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’s career wins with a victory Sunday, passing Sam Wyche on the Bengals all-time list
» 23-41 - Wyche’s road record
» 26-41 - Lewis’s road record
» 1975 - Last time Bengals went unbeaten in October
» 14-21 - Lewis’s October record
» 4-12 - Lewis’s October road record
» 3.2 - NFL-leading rushing yards per carry allowed by Seattle
» 3.3 - Yards per carry allowed by Bengals No. 3 rushing defense
» 4.3 - Career average yards per carry by Bengals RB Bernard Scott
» 17 - Sacks logged by Seattle DE Chris Clemons in last 22 games
» 20.5 - Sacks logged by Bengals DEs in last 22 games
» 3,496 - Passing yards projected this season for Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton in 16 games
» 2,897 - Passing yards by former Bengals QB Carson Palmer in his first season in total of 13 games
» 6.9 - Dalton’s yards per attempt
» 6.7 - Palmer’s yards per attempt
» 1,206 - Receiving yards this season projected for Bengals rookie WR A.J Green
» 1,234 - Career-high receiving yards for Bengals Pro Bowl receiver Carl Pickens in 1995

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 64-69-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his ninth season; 1-1 vs. Seahawks.

SEA: Pete Carroll 44-47 overall in his sixth season, 10-14 in second season with Seahawks; 0-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio calls for a 60 percent chance of rain under cloudy skies with a temperature of 53 degrees and a wind out of the southwest at around 10 miles per hour.

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