49ers-Bengals Preview

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GAME PREVIEW
SEPTEMBER 25, 2010

TIME: 1 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (FieldTurf)

RADIO: Play-by-play man Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham on on flagships 1530-AM (ESPN) and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

INJURIES
CIN: WR Jordan Shipley (knee) tore his ACL last Sunday in Denver and is lost for the year. LE Robert Geathers (shoulder) didn't work Wednesday and Thursday after not practicing and playing last week. Backup S Taylor Mays (knee) looks set to make his Bengals debut after injuring his knee making a sideline-to-sideline tackle in the preseason finale. Backup G Otis Hudson (knee) practiced full go this week for first time since his scope early in training camp. Rookie SAM backer Dontay Moch (foot) is a week or two away after breaking his foot in the preseason opener.

SF: WR Braylon Edwards (knee) and FB Moran Norris (fibula) out. WR Michael Crabtree (foot) expected to play after being limited Wednesday and Thursday. QB Alex Smith (concussion) has been full go this week.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
San Francisco leads regular season 8-3 and 2-0 postseason, 3-2 in Cincinnati

NOTEWORTHY
» It is the latest Bengals home opener in history and latest since a 41-7 win over the Patriots Sept. 23, 1990 at Riverfront Stadium. They beat the Steelers, 15-10, on Sept. 24, 1972 at Riverfront.

» Two Bengals defensive starters, SAM Manny Lawson and CB Nate Clements, as well as backup S Taylor Mays, played for the 49ers last year.

» Two 49ers defensive starters, RDT Justin Smith and OLB Ahmad Brooks, as well as backup S Madieu Williams, began their careers as Bengals.

» Smith, Brooks and Williams never played for Bengals DC Mike Zimmer, who began coaching in Cincinnati in 2008.

» Smith, the fourth pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, is on the field with Bengals WR A.J. Green, the fourth pick in 2011.

» It is rookie 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's first road game and the third straight game the Bengals play a team with a new head coach.

» Harbaugh came off the bench to quarterback the Colts to 10 fourth-quarter points in the 1995 opener in Indianapolis, but the Bengals won the game on Doug Pelfrey's overtime field goal.

» Last NFL head coach to work his first road game at PBS was Denver's Josh McDaniels in Broncos 12-7 victory in 2009 opener.

» Marvin Lewis sets the Bengals record Sunday in his 133rd game as head coach, passing Sam Wyche, a former 49ers quarterbacks coach.

» In the last two Bengals-49ers games in Cincinnati, the teams combined for 74 points (1999) and 79 (2003) with the Bengals winning both.

» In the two Super Bowls that matched the Bengals and the 49ers (XVI and XXIII), the kickers could have been MVPs. Ray Wersching had four field goals in Frisco's 26-21 win in XVI but QB Joe Montana won it. The Bengals' Jim Breech had three in the 49ers 16-13 win in XXIII that included two of at least 40 and the apparent winner with 3:20 left. But when the Niners won late, WR Jerry Rice was named MVP.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: Tied for 13th in scoring, 19th in offense (15th rushing, tied for 18th passing); Ninth in defense (16th rushing, eighth passing), tied for sixth in turnover margin at plus-3.

SF: Tied for ninth in scoring, 31st in offense (26th rushing, 29th passing), tied for 17th in defense (first rushing, 25th passing), tied for third in turnover margin at plus-4.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 61-68-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his ninth season, 1-1 vs. 49ers.

SF: Jim Harbaugh 1-1 in first season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 5-3 - Lewis's record in PBS openers
» 4-1 - Lewis's record in PBS openers not the season opener
» 36-27-1 - Lewis's record at PBS
» 14-50 - 49ers record on road since 2003
» 11-4-1 - Lewis's record at PBS vs. the NFC
» 4 - Non-division road wins for 49ers since 2003
» 23-11-1 - Bengals home record vs. NFC since 1993
» 157 - Consecutive starts by 49ers DT Justin Smith, former Bengals first-round pick
» 94 - Combined NFL starts by last week's Bengals starting defensive line
» 23.5 - Smith's sacks since leaving the Bengals before 2008 season
» 20.5 - Sacks by Bengals right ends since 2008
» 165 - Receiving yards for Bengals WR A.J. Green, NFL-best for rookies
» 70.5 - 49ers QB Alex Smith's completion percentage in 2011
» 66.1 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton's completion percentage
» 64.9 - Carson Palmer's highest completion percentage since 2006
» 54.5 - Rushing yards allowed per game by top-ranked 49ers run defense
» 105.5 - Bengals average rushing yards per game
» 24 - Consecutive games 49ers haven't allowed 100-yard rusher since Nov. 22, 2009
» 8 - Bengals 100-yard games since Nov. 22, 2009

GAME DAY ENTERTAINMENT
» JungleZone: Band – 'Frankly Speaking'
» Anthem: David Robinette
» Honor Guard: Wright Patterson Air Force Base
» Halftime: Around the League in 180 Seconds
» Flyover: Wright Patterson Air Force Base

OPEN TIMES
Parking Lots: 9 a.m. (4 hours prior)
Will-Call: 9 a.m. (4 hours prior)
JungleZone: 10 a.m. (3 hours prior)               
Gates: 11:30 a.m. (1.5 hours prior)

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for Sunday's game-time temperatures in the mid-60s with a 40 percent chance of rain and a light wind out of the south and east at five to seven miles per hour.

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