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Bengals at Buccaneers Preview


TIME: 1 p.m. Sunday
PLACE: Raymond James Stadium (Grass)
LOCAL RADIO: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst) led by "triple cast," on Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7) on the 25-station Bengals radio network.
TV: CBS broadcast team of Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst), Scott Kaplan (sideline reporter) on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, and Channel 27 in Lexington, KY.

*CIN: *

OUT: starting WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) missing his fifth straight game after a scope; backup RE Margus Hunt (ankle) after getting hurt on last play of first quarter Nov. 16 in New Orleans.

QUESTIONABLE:Backup MLB Nico Johnson after not practicing last two days with an illness.

PROBABLE: Starting S George Iloka (groin) after being limited all week before going full Friday. Backup DL Robert Geathers (toe) after being limited early in the week and going full Friday. WR Greg Little (illness) didn't work Thursday but went full Friday

*TBB: *

QUESTIONABLE: Starting WLB Lavonte David (hamstring) is expected to play after missing last week and this Wednesday and Thursday before going limited Friday. Starting NT Clinton McDonald (hamstring) after not practicing all week. C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness) after not practicing last two days. Starting TE Brandon Myers (concussion) after not practicing all week. Backup TE Luke Stocker (calf) after not practicing all week.

[» Complete Injury Report

2-9 Buccaneers lead 7-3-1 Bengals at 7-3, 2-1 at home.

»» For the first time since division play in 1933 one division, the AFC North, features all four teams at least three games over .500 heading into Week 13. All play at 1 p.m. Sunday. In addition to Bengals at Bucs, Ravens are in San Diego, Browns host Buffalo and the Steelers host New Orleans.
»» The last time the Bengals beat the Bucs, Cincinnati running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill weren't born yet in 1989's 56-23 victory at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. Quarterback Boomer Esiason threw five TD passes and backup Erik Wilhelm added  another in a display that still stands as the Bengals' most points against an NFC team.

»» Three Bengals draft picks have been starting for the Bucs: RE Michael Johnson and DT Clinton McDonald, third- and sixth-rounders, respectively, in 2009, and LT Anthony Collins, fourth-rounder in 2008.

»» Bengals TE Alex Smith, on injured reserve, is a third-round draft pick of Tampa in 2005.

»» Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis' first DC in Cincinnati from 2003-04. The only player left that he coached is Bengals backup DL Robert Geathers.

»»  Bengals RB Jeremy Hill leads all NFL rookies with 643 yards and Bucs WR Mike Evans leads all NFL rookies with 841 yards receiving.

»» Bengals CB Adam Jones leads NFL in kick returns with 31.8 yards per kick return

CIN: 14th in scoring, 15th in offense (6th rushing, 22nd    passing); 13th in scoring defense, 25th in defense (27th   rushing, 18th passing), T-13th in turnover margin at plus-one.

TBB: 26th in scoring, 27th in offense (29th rushing, 18th            passing); T-29th in scoring defense, 22nd in defense (T-20th   rushing, 23rd passing), T-26h in turnover margin at minus-8.

CIN: Marvin Lewis 97-93-2 in 12th season, 0-2 vs. Buccaneers.
TAM: Lovie Smith 2-9 in first year with Bucs, 10th season overall  at 84-66, vs. Bengals and Lewis, 1-2

According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, there's no chance of rain Sunday in Tampa under sunny skies, a 10 mile-per-hour wind out of the northeast, and a game-time temperature of 75 degrees projected to drop to the low 70s during the game.

41-52 -  Bengals record on the road under head coach Marvin Lewis
34-30 - Bengals on grass surface under Lewis
 27-19-1 - Bengals in November under Lewis
17-12  - Bengals under QB Andy Dalton on the road
28-16-2 - Bengals record under Lewis vs. the NFC
13-10 - Bengals record under Lewis in NFC road games
11-3-1 - Dalton vs. the NFC
6-1 - Dalton's road record vs. the NFC
27-3-1 - Dalton's record when Bengals rush at least 30 times
4-0 - Bengals record when rookie RB Jeremy Hill rushes at least 15 times
112 - Yards Hill has averaged last three games
71 - Yards Hill has to average in last six games to become first Bengals rookie RB since Corey Dillon to rush for 1,000.
56 - Yards WR Mohamed Sanu has to average in last five games for first 1,000-yard season.
74 - Yards WR A.J. Green has to average in last five games for fourth 1,000-yard season and Bengals' first double duo 1,000-yard season since Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh in 2006 and 2007.
3.9 - Yards Bucs average per rush his season
3.1 - Yards Bengals have allowed per rush in last two games
8 - TDs by Bucs rookie WR Mike Evans
11 - NFL-low 11 TD passes allowed by Bengals this season
12 - Evans' catches of least 25 yards this season
6 - Catches of at least 25 yards allowed by Bengals CBs Terence Newman (0), Leon Hall (5) and Adam Jones (1), according to
302 - Average yards Tampa defense has allowed in last four games, fourth best in NFL
389 - Average yards for Bengals offense in last two games
9 - Sacks for Tampa in last two games
1 - Sacks Bengals have allowed in last two games

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