Bengals-Broncos Preview

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GAME PREVIEW
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011

TIME: 4:15 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High (DD Grassmaster)

TV: CBS broadcast team of Spero Dedes play-by-play and Steve Beuerlein analyst. Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

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: QB Andy Dalton (wrist) threw for the first time Thursday since he got injured in Cleveland and even though he was listed as limited head coach Marvin Lewis said he'll play in Denver. LE Robert Geathers (shoulder) didn't work Wednesday and Thursday. Neither did S Taylor Mays (knee) and LB Dontay Moch (foot). Also limited Wednesday and Thursday were LT Andrew Whitworth (knee), G Otis Hudson (knee), RE Michael Johnson (groin).

DEN: The Broncos had a slew of starters and regulars that didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday after losing Monday night at home to Oakland: RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), WR Brandon Lloyd (groin), DE Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), CB Champ Bailey (hamstring), WR Demaryius Thomas (finger), DT Ty Warren (triceps), WLB D.J. Williams (elbow), DT Marcus Thomas (shoulder/groin).
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Denver leads, 17-8, 12-2 in Denver

NOTEWORTHY
» Last time the Bengals won in Denver, Nov. 9, 1975, 17-16, and the starting quarterback also wore No. 14. Ken Anderson won a grinder with 18-of-26 passing for 191 yards. Can the West Coast offense strike again? The only ball Anderson threw longer than 20 yards was a 41-yarder to wide receiver Isaac Curtis.

» Andy Dalton tries to win his first two NFL starts on the road. Carson Palmer started 0-4 on the road but got his first two straight road wins in games five and six. Jon Kitna and Boomer Esiason didn't do it until their third seasons with the team.

» RB Cedric Benson tries to become first Bengal with two straight 100-yard games on the road since Harold Green in 1991.

» Two Bengals backs have rushed for 100 yards at Denver with Rudi Johnson in 2006 and Ki-Jana Carter in 1997.

» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis ties Sam Wyche with the most Bengals games coached on Sunday with 132.

» Both Wyche (1984 at Mile High) and Lewis (2003 at Paul Brown Stadium) lost their NFL head coaching debuts to the Broncos.

» The Bengals have also played the Broncos in the first game after Paul Brown retired as coach (1976), the first game after Brown died in 1991, and the first Monday night game at PBS (2004).

» Sunday's game comes 43 years and four days after the Bengals beat the Broncos for their first-ever win in their inaugural home game at Nippert Stadium.

» Denver Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, now the Broncos VP for football operations, had a 7-0 record against the Bengals.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 132 - Bengals games coached by head coach Marvin Lewis on Sunday, tying him for all-time record with Sam Wyche
» 4.8 - Yards per carry this season for Bengals RB Cedric Benson
» 4.9 - Yards per carry this season allowed by Broncos
» 39 - Yards of Benson's TD run last Sunday, his longest run since 2009
» 38 - Denver's rushing yards on Monday night
» 7-14 - Combined starting record of Bengals QBs Andy Dalton and Bruce Gradkowski
» 32-20 - Starting record of Broncos QB Kyle Orton
» 15 - NFL passes by Dalton
» 16 - NFL seasons by Broncos SS Brian Dawkins
» 48 - Career interceptions by Broncos CB Champ Bailey
» 51 - Combined career interceptions by Bengals CBs Leon Hall and Nate Clements
» 10 - Pro Bowl selections by Bailey, most by a cornerback
» 10 - NFL passes completed by Dalton
» 8 - Pro Bowl selections by former Bengals, Bills, Redskins CB Lemar Parrish
» 211 - Games played by Dawkins
» 88 - Games played by Bengals WRs

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: Tied for 12th in scoring, 24th in offense (ninth rushing, tied for 27th passing); Sixth in defense (14th rushing, 12th passing), tied for sixth in turnover margin at plus-1.

DEN: Tied for 20th in scoring, 23rd in offense (32nd rushing, tied for 13th passing), seventh in defense (31st rushing, second passing), tied for 28th in turnover margin at minus-2.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 61-67-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his ninth season; 1-3 vs. Broncos, 2-0 vs. Fox

DEN: John Fox 0-1 in first season; 10th season overall at 78-75, 1-2 vs. Bengals

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for Sunday's game-time temperature around 75 degrees on a mostly sunny day with no chance of rain and variable winds from five to seven miles per hour.

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