Bengals at Ravens - Preview

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TIME:  1 p.m.  Sunday

PLACE: M&T Bank Stadium  (Synthetic)
LOCAL RADIO: Play-by-play Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham led by ESPN 1530 and WEBN FM 102.7 on the 25-station Bengals radio network.
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One Sports with play-by-play Kevin Lee and analyst Mark Malone.
TV: CBS broadcast team of play-by-play Spero Dedes and analyst Solomon Wilcots on Cincinnati's Channel 12, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

INJURIES
CIN:  OUT: WR Marvin Jones (foot), RB Rex Burkhead (knee). DOUBTFUL: WR James Wright  (concussion), LB Sean Porter (hamstring) after they didn't practice this week; QUESTIONABLE: CB Darqueze Dennard (hip) when he didn't practice Friday after going limited Wednesday and Thursday; PROBABLE: RT Andre Smith (concussion), TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder), RB Cedric Peerman (hip), WLB Vontaze Burfict (hamstring), G Mike Pollak (knee). All went full Friday but Pollak, who went limited.

BAL: QUESTIONABLE: Starting CB Lardarius Webb (back) even though he went full all week. Webb didn't play during the preseason. Starting CB Jimmy Smith (missed) the last two preseason games but says he's 100 percent and isn't on the injury report. Neither is third corner Asa Jackson (ankle) who missed the last three preseason games. PROBABLE: RB Bernard Pierce (concussion) after being full go all week.

THE SERIES
Ravens lead 20-16, 13-5 in Baltimore, 7-4 in Baltimore against Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis
NOTEWORTHY
»» Sunday is the 106th anniversary of Bengals founder Paul Brown's birth in Norwalk, Ohio.
»»  The game is six years to the day Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco made their NFL debuts in Baltimore during a 17-10 victory over the Bengals.
»» Hue Jackson makes his debut as Bengals offensive coordinator. He served as Flacco's quarterbacks coach in that game, best known for Flacco's 38-yard touchdown run off a botched double reverse interrupted by a blitz. It's still the longest run of his career.
»» The Ravens unveiled a statue of former middle linebacker Ray Lewis outside the stadium this week. The opener comes against a Bengals team coached by Marvin Lewis, Ray Lewis' defensive coordinator for the first six seasons of his career.
»» Since 2008, the Bengals have opened three times in Baltimore and are 0-2 so far, They've closed their last four seasons against the Ravens at 2-2.
»» The Bengals haven't opened at home since Sept. 13, 2009, "The Spike Strike,' game against Denver when the Broncos scored on an 87-yard deflected pass to win it with 11 seconds left.
»» The Ravens have a slew of University of Cincinnati connections, starting with Harbaugh, a Bearcats assistant from 1989-96. His assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, Jerry Rosburg, coached in Clifton from 1992-95 and his assistant, Chris Hewitt, played for the Cats from 1993-96.
»» Bengals special teams co-captain Cedric Peerman is a sixth-round pick of the Ravens from 2009 and was waived in the final roster cut down.
»» It's the third time in franchise history the Bengals have opened a season against a team they played in the previous season's finale. Two years ago the Ravens beat the Bengals in the opener in Baltimore, 44-13, after the Ravens closed the 2011 season with a 24-16 victory at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals lost the 2005 finale in Kansas City, 37-3, before heading back to Arrowhead Stadium for a 23-10 victory that opened the 2006 season.

NFL RANKINGS (2013)
CIN: T-6th in scoring, 10th in offense (18th rushing, 8th passing); T-5th in scoring defense, 3rd in defense (5th rushing, 5th passing), 13th in turnover margin at plus-1.

BAL: 25th in scoring, 29th in offense (30th rushing, 18th      passing); 12th in scoring defense, 12th in defense (11th rushing, 12th passing), 22nd in turnover margin at minus-5.
COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 90-85-1 in 12th season, 12-10 vs. Ravens
BAL:  John Harbaugh 71-38 in seventh season ,  7-5 vs. Bengals and Lewis.
WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for partly cloudy skies with no chance of rain and temperatures in the low 80s with winds out of the northeast at six miles per hour.

38-50 - Bengals record on the road under Lewis
39-9 - Ravens record at home under Harbaugh
4-7 - Lewis' record in openers
5-1 - Harbaugh's record in openers
11-0 - Ravens record at home under Harbaugh in September
19-18 - Bengals September record under Lewis
10-12 - Bengals road record in September under Lewis
6-5 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton's September record
14-10 - Dalton's road record
38 - Pass attempts Dalton has averaged vs. Ravens
6-10 - Bengals when Dalton throws at least 38 passes
21-3 - Bengals record under Dalton with at least 30 rushes
110 - Ravens' league-leading three-and-outs by their defense in last two years
101 - Bengals' three-and-outs in last two years, fifth in NFL
3.8 - Yards Ravens allowed per rush last season
3.5 - Yards Bengals averaged per rush in AFC North games last season
11/8/09 - Last time Bengals had 100-yard rusher vs. Ravens (Cedric Benson)
18 – Consecutive games Bengals haven't had a 100-yard rusher for longest drought in Lewis era
80-49  Dalton's TDs-INTs in first three seasons
60-34 - Flacco's TDs-INTs in first three seasons
30 - Dalton's victories in first 48 starts
32 - Flacco's victories in first 48 starts
64.2 - Dalton's passer rating vs. Ravens
85.7 - Dalton's career passer rating
71.9 - Flacco's passer rating vs. Bengals
83.7 - Flacco's career rating

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