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Bengals-Colts Preview






NOVEMBER 14, 2010

TIME: 1  p.m., Sunday

PLACE: Lucas Oil Stadium (FieldTurf)

TV: CBS team of Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Dan Dierdorf (analyst) live on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, and Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

RADIO: Play-by-play man Brad Johansen and analyst Dave Lapham on "triple cast" on flagships 700-AM (WLW) 1530-AM (ESPN) and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

INJURIES CIN: DL Michael Johnson (hamstring) and starting RT Clint Boling (foot) out. After not practicing for the second straight week, starting DT Tank Johnson (knee) is doubtful, as is starting S Chris Crocker (thigh) after not practicing all week. Nickel LE Carlos Dunlap (illness) is questionable after missing the week. Third CB Morgan Trent (knee) is questionable after he sat Friday following two days of practice.

Starting QB Michael Johnson (throwing shoulder) missed Wednesday and Thursday, but split the throws in Friday's limited practice and is probable. So is starting WR Chad Ochocinco (ankle) after sitting Wednesday and going full Thursday and Friday. Also probable is backup LB Roddrick Muckelroy (ankle), starting WILL backer Keith Rivers (foot) and starting SAM Vincent Rey (knee) after they were limited earlier in the week and went full Friday.

IND: Starting WR Austin Collie (concussion) and starting S Bob Sanders (biceps) out. Starting RB Joseph Addai (neck) doubtful. Starting MLB Gary Brackett (toe) didn't practice Friday and is questionable. Backup WR Blair White (shoulder) didn't practice Friday and is questionable. Starting WLB Clint Session didn't practice Friday and is questionable. Starting SLB Pat Angerer (illness) didn't work Friday and is questionable.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIESColts lead, 16-8, 5-3 at home, 1-0 at Lucas Oil Stadium

NOTEWORTHY» The Bengals have never beaten Colts QB Peyton Manning in their six meetings. In his rookie year in 1998, he threw three TDs in a 39-26 win in the RCA Dome, two to Torrance Small and one to E.G. Green. Ten years later he dished one each to Marvin Harrison, Anthony Gonzalez and Dallas Clark. None of them will be on the field Sunday.

» Manning has beaten five different Bengals QBs: Jeff Blake, Akili Smith, Jon Kitna, Carson Palmer, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

» If the roof is closed Sunday, the Bengals are trying to win in their eighth different indoor facility. They had three wins in the Colts' old RCA Dome.

» The last time the Bengals won in Indy, Norman Julius Esiason came off the bench in relief of the dinged Jeff Blake 13 years and five days to this one and led a 28-13 win.

» A couple of all-time leaders are on display. Manning is third all-time with 52,606 passing yards and 382 TD passes. Bengals WR Terrell Owens is tied for fourth on the all-time list with 154 TDs and fifth with 1,061 catches.

» Bengals CB Leon Hall hasn't had an interception in three games, but he remains in a share of the AFC lead with four with Titans S Michael Griffin.

» Hall hasn't missed a game in his 56-game career, the longest streak without a miss on the roster.

» RGClint Boling hasn't missed a start since he had an appendectomy in 2006. The skein of 61 straight leads the club.

» WR Chad Ochocinco plays in his 148th game Sunday, 37 shy of Anthony Muñoz and the top five in Bengals history.

NFL RANKINGS CIN: 17th in scoring, 15th in offense (22nd rushing, sixth passing); 18th in defense (23rd rushing, 17th passing), 11th in turnover margin at plus-4.

IND: Third in scoring, third in offense (25th rushing, second passing), 20th in defense (29th in rushing, seventh passing), tied for 15th in turnover margin at plus-1.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 58-61-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his eighth season; 0-3 vs. Colts.

IND: Jim Caldwell 21-6 in his second season, 0-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

THE WEATHERThere are no guidelines on keeping the retractable roof open and the Colts don't have to announce it until 90 minutes before game time. But it could be too windy to keep open. The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour out of the southwest with gusts up to 20 and a kickoff temperature of 50 degrees. There is no rain in the forecast under partly cloudy skies.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS» 32-13 - Colts record in November since 2000
» 18-10-1 - Bengals November record under Marvin Lewis» 54-13 - Colts home record since 2002
» 24-36 - Bengals road record under Lewis
» 2-5 - Bengals record indoors under Lewis
» 47.6 - Colts QB Peyton Manning's third-down conversion rate since 2002
» 41.5 - Bengals foes on third down in 2010
» 136 - Wins started by Manning
» 152 - Wins started by former Bengals QBs Ken Anderson and Boomer Esiason» 44 - Victories Manning has rallied the Colts from fourth-quarter deficit or ties
» 44 - Wins started by Bengals QB Carson Palmer» 159.5 - Combined career sacks by Colts DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis» 143 - Bengals sacks since 2005
» 89 - Freeney's career sacks
» 88 – Combined career sacks of Justin Smith and George Iloka

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