Bengals at Raiders Preview

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TIME: 4:25 p.m. Sunday

PLACE: O.co Coliseum (Grass)

LOCAL RADIO:  Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst) led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7) on the 41-station Bengals radio network.

TV: CBS broadcast team of Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Chris Simms (analyst) on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, and Channel 27 in Lexington, KY.

 INJURIES

CIN: 

OUT: Backup rookie DL Marcus Hardison (knee), but it doesn't look to be major. He probably would have been inactive if healthy.

QUESTIONABLE: Backup rookie CB Josh Shaw (groin) didn't practice Friday after getting hurt Thursday.

PROBABLE: Starting S Reggie Nelson was limited Thursday when he left Wednesday's practice with a groin injury, but went full Friday. Nickel backer Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), injured vs. Chicago Aug. 29 had been limited before going full Friday. Backup CB Darqueze Dennard (hamstring) went full Thursday and Friday for the first time since suffering the injury in the Aug. 14 pre-season opener. RE Michael Johnson (knee) has been full go this week for the first time since spraining his MCL Aug. 2.   

OAK

The only Raider out of this one is backup DE Benson Mayowa (knee)

THE SERIES

The 0-0 Raiders lead 0-0 Bengals, 20-9, 10-0 in Oakland

NOTEWORTHY

»» For openers, it is tough to beat the first game ever at Riverfront Stadium in 1970 when the third-year Bengals stunned a Raiders team that had gone 12-1-1 the year before. Quarterback Sam Wyche scored the building's first TD on a five-yard run and passed for 147 yards as the Bengals won, 31-21.

»» The game comes one day shy of 12 years of Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis' first game on the road, a tough 23-20 loss in Oakland when Sebastian Janikowski  hit a 39-yard field goal with  nine seconds left.

»» Janikowski was at it again six years later, the only other time the Bengals have been to Oakland under Lewis. This time, following Andre Caldwell's fumbled kickoff , Janikowski hit a 33-yarder with 15 seconds left for the Raiders' 20-17 victory.

»» Ken Norton Jr., the Raiders new defensive coordinator, was Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga's coach at USC.

»»  It marks the sixth time in Lewis' 13 seasons the Bengals have opened up against a new coaching staff. They beat Romeo Crennel in Cleveland in 2005, Herman Edwards in Kansas City in 2006, and Pat Shurmur in Cleveland in 2011. They lost to John Harbaugh in Baltimore in 2008, Marc Trestman in Chicago in 2013, and Josh McDaniels when Denver won at Paul Brown Stadium in 2009. Harbaugh is the only one left in the same job.

»»Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson served as Raiders head coach in 2011. Current Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio served as Lewis' linebackers coach in Baltimore from 1999-01 when Lewis was the Ravens defensive coordinator.

»» Defensive tackle Pat Sims played the last two seasons in Oakland before returning to the Bengals for his sixth season with the club.

»» The Raiders have two players on their roster who have won the Fred Biletnikoff Award given to the best  receiver in college football, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Biletnikoff had 589 catches and 76 TDs on the way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in an Oakland jersey.

NFL RANKINGS (2014)

CIN: 15th in scoring, 15th in offense (6th rushing, 21st      passing); 12th in scoring defense, 22nd in defense (20th    rushing, 20th passing), T-16th in turnover margin at even.

OAK: 31st in scoring, 32nd in offense (32nd rushing, 26th              passing); 32nd in scoring defense, (21st in defense (22nd    rushing, 16th passing), 32nd in turnover margin at minus-15.

COACHES

CIN: Marvin Lewis 100-96-2 in 13th season, 2-2 vs. Raiders, 2-1 vs. Del Rio.

OAK: Jack Del Rio 0-0 in first season, overall 69-73 in nine seasons.

WEATHER

Weather.com is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 72 degrees and winds out of the west at 11 miles per hour.

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NUMBERS GAME

3-3 - Bengals record in openers in the seasons they've gone to the postseason under Lewis

5-7 - Lewis' record in openers

2-2 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton's record in openers

.521 - Lewis' winning percentage in the regular season

.489 - Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio's winning percentage in the regular season.

.448 - Bengals road winning percentage under Lewis

.594 - Del Rio's home winning percentage

79-14-1 - Bengals record under Lewis when they lead after three quarters

52-46 - Del Rio's record entering fourth quarter with scoring margin within seven points

35-31 - Bengals record on grass under Lewis

198 - Bengals games coached by Lewis

160 - NFL games played by Del Rio

751 - Chad Johnson's all-time receptions for Bengals compiled in 10 seasons

740 - A.J. Green's pace for catches at end of his extension in 2019,  his ninth season

10,783 - Johnson's all-time receiving yardage for the Bengals

10,967 - Green's yardage pace through 2019

46 - Combined career TD catches for Bengals starting WRs Green and Marvin Jones

14 - Career starts for Raiders starting CBs D.J. Hayden and T.J. Carrie

5 - Sacks for Raiders DE Khalil Mack in rookie season last year

32 - Combined sacks by Bengals RE Michael Johnson and Bengals DT Geno Atkins in their last 25 games together.

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