Bengals-Falcons Preview

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PREVIEW
OCTOBER 24, 2010

TIME: 1 p.m.

PLACE: Georgia Dome (FieldTurf)

TV: CBS team of Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Steve Tasker (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 "triple cast" on flagships 700-AM (WLW) 1530-AM (ESPN) and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

INJURIES CIN: S Roy Williams (knee) and RB Brian Leonard (thigh) are out. CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle) didn't work for 12 days until he came back for Friday's practice and is questionable. DT Pat Sims (knee) missed Wednesday's practice but suited up Thursday and Friday. DL Jonathan Fanene (hamstring) is expected to play after missing the last four games. WR Jordan Shipley (concussion) returned during the bye week after missing the Oct. 10 Tampa Bay game.

ATL: CB Dunta Robinson (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday and is listed as questionable. Backup OLB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) and backup TE Justin Peelle (groin) are out. Third-team FB Antone Smith also has not practiced this week and is listed as questionable.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Bengals lead, 7-4; 3-2 in Atlanta, 0-1 at the Georgia Dome

NOTEWORTHY
» The Falcons' Mike Smith becomes the fourth former Marvin Lewis defensive assistant to go against his former boss as a head coach, joining the Jets' Rex Ryan, the Jaguars' Jack Del Rio and the Lions's Jim Schwartz.

» Bengals WR Terrell Owens has had a big day in the Georgia Dome. He returns nine years and 10 days after he had 183 yards on nine catches for the 49ers and ended the day with a 52-yard TD that won the game in OT.

» Owens (1,037) and Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (1,026) are the only active receivers in the NFL with 1,000 catches.

» In 14 games against the Falcons, Owens has 11 of his 146 career receiving TDs.

» Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco has one catch for 20 yards in the Georgia Dome, dating back to a 2002 game.

» Bengals TE Reggie Kelly had 69 catches for 790 yards and two touchdowns during his first four seasons in the NFL with the Falcons.

» In his 45th NFL game, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones plays his first game ever in his hometown.

» The last time the Bengals played in Atlanta they were on a Sunday night game in prime time and got smoked, 30-3, on Sept. 22, 2002. Dick LeBeau was the head coach, Gus Frerotte was the starting quarterback and Neil Rackers scored Cincinnati's only points.

» The last time the Bengals played the Falcons, Oct. 29, 2006, Mike Vick outdueled Carson Palmer. Palmer pumped up a 106.9 passer rating on two TDs, no picks, and 266 yards. Vick threw three TDs and had 291 yards in his monster 29-27 win that featured a 142.7 rating.

NFL RANKINGS CIN:Tied for 17th in scoring, 11th in offense (18th rushing, seventh passing); 13th in defense (18th rushing, 13th passing), tied for eighth in turnover margin at plus-2.

ATL: Tied for 12th in scoring, ninth in offense (seventh rushing, 17th passing), 18th in defense (ninth rushing, 25th passing), fourth in turnover margin at plus-6.

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

ATL: Mike Smith 24-15 in his third season; 0-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 18-11-1 - Bengals against the NFC under Lewis
» 2-3 - Lewis against his former Ravens defensive assistants
» 24-35 - Bengals on the road under Lewis
» 2-4 - Bengals under Lewis indoors
» 14-1 - Falcons QB Matt Ryan's record at home
» 9-5 - Bengals QB Carson Palmer's record at home in last 14 games
» 34- Penalties for Bengals in first five games last year
» 36 - Penalties for Bengals in first five games this year
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11 - Falcons league-leading interceptions
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22 * Interceptions by the four AFC North teams
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93.5
- Sacks by Falcons DE John Abraham since 2000
» 64.5 - Career sacks by active Bengals defensive linemen  
» 1,026 - Career catches for Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez in 14 NFL seasons beginning in 1997
» *547 *-Catches for Bengals tight ends since 1997

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