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Bengals-Browns Preview






OCTOBER 3, 2010

TIME: 1 p.m.

PLACE: Cleveland Browns Stadium  (Grass)

TV: CBS team of Bill Macatee (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (analyst). Live on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, OH, and Channel 27 in Lexington, KY.

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

INJURIES CIN: DL Jonathan Fanene (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday and looks to be out for the third straight game. RB Cedric Benson (knee) and CB Adam Jones (shoulder) went full go in practice Thursday after Benson missed Wednesday and Jones missed all last week, including the game. RE Antwan Odom (wrist), who missed the last game after being limited all week, was limited this past Wednesday and Thursday. Also limited Wednesday and Thursday were LBs Keith Rivers (foot) and Dan Skuta(ankle), as well as WR Jordan Shipley(shoulder).

CLE: It looks like the call on QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) is going to be dicey. He was limited Thursday after not practicing for two weeks. WR and return man Josh Cribbs (ankle) and RB Jerome Harrison (thigh) were also limited and are expected to play. NT Shaun Rogers (hip, ankle), DEs Robaire Smith (back) and Kenyon Coleman (knee), and RT John St. Clair (back), all starters, didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday.
» Complete Injury Report
Bengals lead 38-35; Browns lead 21-16 in Cleveland; Bengals lead 7-4 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

» The Bengals return to Cleveland seven years and five days after Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis recorded his first head coaching victory there, 21-14.

» With a victory, Lewis passes Sam Wyche with 11 wins against Cleveland, the most of any Bengals coach.

» In that first Lewis win, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco had his first multi-TD game with two. His 11 TDs against the Browns are his most against any team.

» Only two offensive starters are left from that first Lewis win, but they accounted for all three TDs that day. Tight end Reggie Kelly broke the 14-14 tie with a TD throw from Jon Kitna.

» In four games against the Browns, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's unit has allowed five touchdowns.

» The Bengals have two shutouts under Lewis, both in Cleveland, 30-0 in 2006 and 14-0 in 2008.

» The Bengals started their eight-game AFC North winning streak in that Dec. 21, 2008 shutout.

» Two first-day picks from the 2003 draft are in the starting lineup for the other team. Bengals safety Chris Crocker was a third-round pick out of Marshall for Cleveland and Browns left guard Eric Steinbach was the Bengals' second-round pick out of Iowa.

» The 0-3 Browns won their first game of the season against the Bengals in 2007 and 2008. They were 0-3 when they beat the Carson Palmer-less Bengals in '08.

» The Bengals got their first victory of the season in 2003 and 2005 against Cleveland.

NFL RANKINGS CIN: 16th in scoring, 15th in offense (18st rushing, 15th passing); 9th in defense (13th rushing, 11th passing), tied for third in turnover margin at plus-4.

CLE: 27th in scoring, 19th in offense (11th rushing, 22nd passing), 16th in defense (21st rushing, 12th passing), tied for 19th in turnover margin at minus-1.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 58-56-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his eighth season; 10-4 vs. Browns.

CLE: Eric Mangini 5-14 in his second season with Browns, 24-40 overall in five seasons;  1-3 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

10-4 - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis's record vs. the Browns
10-6 - Former Bengals head coach Sam Wyche's record vs. the Browns
5-7 - Bengals founder Paul Brown's record vs. the Browns
3 - Different QBs Lewis has started vs. the Browns
9 - Different QBs Browns have started vs. Lewis whether it is Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace on Sunday
6 - Bengals-record TD passes for QB Carson Palmer in Cleveland in 2007
6 - TD passes Palmer threw in 2009 six-game AFC North sweep
8 - Consecutive division wins for Bengals
8 - Division wins for Browns since 2004
8 – Consecutive FGs for K Mike Nugent to open Bengals career
8 - NFL-best kickoff TD returns for Browns WR Josh Cribbs
1.7 - Points per minute of time of possession for Bengals
1.7 - Points per minute of time of possession for Browns
5 - FGs of at least 50 yards for Nugent in 58 NFL games
7 - FGs of least 50 yards for Shayne Graham in 110 Bengals games
16- Career interceptions for Bengals CB Leon Hall in 51 games
16- Interceptions for CB Deltha O'Neal in 55 games with Bengals
17- Interceptions for S Tommy Casanova in 71 Bengals games
8- Longest streak of FGs to start a Bengals career
6- Previous record streak of FGs to start a Bengals career set by Graham in first five games of 2003

According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, expect a breezy day on The Lake with a temperature of 54 degrees and winds out of the northeast at 17 miles per hour with a 30 percent chance of showers.

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