News

Print
RSS

Bengals looking to extend home success

Posted Dec 19, 2013

The Bengals made a final effort to get Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Vikings sold out when they received a 27-hour extension from the NFL.

With a second AFC North title in five years hanging in the balance and a shot at the first perfect season in Paul Brown Stadium history, the Bengals made a final effort to get Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Vikings sold out when they received a 27-hour extension from the NFL.

The club has until Friday at 4 p.m. to get a capacity crowd, which would put the game on Cincinnati's Channel 19 on a day the Bengals could clinch the division with an eighth straight victory at home and a Ravens loss in New England. The Bengals could also clinch a wild card berth if they win and the Dolphins lose in Buffalo, qualifying for the playoffs for the third straight season and fourth time in five years.

While the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for temperatures in the mid-50s at kickoff with a 30-40 percent chance of rain dropping throughout the game, a defense that has been dominant at PBS is calling on the crowd.

"I think just crowd noise in general affects the offense's cadences, the audibles," says nickel cornerback Chris Crocker. "It doesn't allow them to do much, and our offense doesn't have to deal with it. Just in general when I think of the problems we've had on the road, we've had false starts and a lot of stuff like that. Teams come in here, they have the same issues. So it helps both ways, both offensively and defensively."

With the final two games of the season slated for PBS against Minnesota and Baltimore, the Bengals are outscoring foes by an average of 33-17 in building this season's 6-0 home record as they try to duplicate the 8-0 record at Riverfront Stadium racked up by the 1988 Bengals on the way to the AFC title.

Against a field that includes four of the top 11 passing teams in the NFL (No. 6 New England, No. 7 Green Bay, No. 9 Cleveland, No. 11 Pittsburgh), the Bengals have held opposing quarterbacks at home to a 66.3 passer rating on just seven touchdown passes despite the four delivered by Andrew Luck of Indianapolis back on Dec. 8 in a 42-28 victory the Bengals took a 21-0 lead.

They're also holding offenses to 25 percent on third down conversions (20-80) at PBS.

"We have home field, we just need to come in, the crowd needs to be loud for us," said WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict. "We just need to go out there and do our job. We won’t win the division until we do."

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS AVAILABLE

  • Dec. 22: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings - BUY NOW
  • Dec. 29: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens - BUY NOW

 

Countdown to The Draft

weeks - - : days - - : hours - - : minutes - - : seconds - -

Recent Articles

  • Deal with it

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 11 hours ago

    Center Russell Bodine turned in one of the best seasons ever by a Bengals rookie when he took virtually every snap for a play-off team. Here's how he got here via a Draft Day trade.

    Views: 4,473
  • Hobson's Choice: extensions and excursions

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Apr 22, 2015

    Readers weigh in on the Marvin Lewis extension and the 2015 schedule. And they'd like to trade up in this draft, like the Bengals did last year to get center Russell Bodine. Don't count on it.

    Views: 10,298
  • With nod to stability, Bengals extend Lewis

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Apr 22, 2015

    Bengals sign head coach Marvin Lewis through 2016.

    Views: 7,158
  • Pocketbook look at Bengals 2015 sked

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Apr 21, 2015

    A quick look at the Bengals 2015 schedule.

    Views: 18,811
  • Bengals try to Coast to fifth straight postseason

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Apr 21, 2015

    The Bengals are going Hollywood in more ways than one in 2015 when they eye their fifth straight post-season berth with four prime-time games that tie a franchise record and spice a schedule that puts them in the Pacific Time zone three times and the Mountain Time zone once.

    Views: 4,494

Recent Videos

Photos