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Bengals Head To Las Vegas To Face The Raiders In Week 11 


Kickoff: 4:05 p.m. Eastern.

Television: The game will air nationally on CBS-TV. In the Bengals' home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline reporter).

Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

The game also will air nationally on Sports USA Radio. Broadcasters are John Ahlers (play-by-play) and Hank Bauer (analyst).

Setting the scene: The Bengals this week hit the road to take on the Raiders on Sunday, in what will be the organization's first-ever game in Las Vegas. Cincinnati, which is coming off of its bye week, will be looking to get back into the win column after suffering two straight losses. The most recent of those was a 41-15 decision to the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 7.

"We feel like we let an opportunity slip through our hands," Taylor said. "We didn't deserve to win; Cleveland did. They beat us, plain and simple."

Miscues were the story of the day for Cincinnati, which committed three turnovers, forced none, and had several key drops in the passing game. The first turnover was a 99-yard pick six on the game's opening drive, while the other two — an INT and fumble — both came deep in Cincinnati's own end. Including the pick-six, the Browns scored 13 points off of those turnovers.

Despite the Browns' extra possessions and short fields, Cincinnati's defense held strong and allowed just two TDs on four Cleveland trips inside the 20-yard line. The Browns, though, accomplished what few teams had through the first eight weeks and hit the Bengals with big plays. The Browns' two long offensive scores — a 60-yard reception and a 70-yard run — accounted for 14 more points and 130 of the team's 348 total yards on the afternoon.

"The explosive plays hurt us," Taylor said. "We need to be better there. And we need to be better with our tackling. Nick Chubb is a fantastic running back, and they've got a really good offensive line and a tight end that blocks really well for them. One of the things you've got to do is be where you're supposed to be, and be able to put the back on the ground when you've got the opportunities."

Despite the loss to Cleveland, Cincinnati remains in the thick of the playoff hunt and is one of 12 AFC teams at or above .500. Six teams, including the Bengals, have exactly five wins.

"We're halfway through the season now, so we've still got a long way to go," said QB Burrow. "Today (against the Browns) was a tough day. We didn't play very well, and it showed on the field. But everything is still in front of us."

Among the aforementioned five-win teams is Las Vegas, which stands 5-4 after losing 41-14 to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.

"Now our guys get a chance to regroup," Taylor said of his team at the bye. "You're going to see a good football team after this bye. We've got a lot of season left in front of us. We're going to learn from this, move on, and be a team to be reckoned with here in November and December."

From Cincinnati, Oakland and Los Angeles, a look back at some of the best images from the Bengals-Raiders series through the years.

The series: The Raiders lead 21-11, including 2-0 in postseason, though the Bengals have won three of the past four meetings, and four of the last six.

The game will mark the Bengals' first-ever visit to Las Vegas, where the Raiders moved to in 2020. And despite the Bengals' recent success in the series, the Raiders have dominated as the home team overall, leading the Bengals 15-2 combined in both Oakland and Los Angeles. The Bengals' road win in Oakland in 2015 was the team's only victory in 12 visits to Oakland dating back to 1968. The Bengals were 1-4 at Los Angeles, where the Raiders were based from 1982-94.

In all games, home and road, the Bengals were 7-15 against the Oakland Raiders and were 4-6 against the L.A. Raiders.

The series includes two playoff games. The Raiders won 31-28 in a divisional game at Oakland in 1975, and they won 20-10 in a divisional game at Los Angeles in '90. 

Burrow surpasses 5K: Bengals QB Joe Burrow surpassed 5000 career passing yards in Game 9 vs. Cleveland this season, in what was just his 19th career game. That made him only the sixth player ever to reach that mark in as few games. Only Patrick Mahomes (16 games) and Justin Herbert (17) reached it quicker. Andrew Luck, Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger also took 19 games to hit the mark. In Bengals history, Jeff Blake, Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer were previously the quickest to 5000 yards, but it took them 22 games each.

Earlier this season, Burrow surpassed 4000 passing yards in just his 16th game. That was two games quicker than Blake and Palmer (18) for fastest by a Bengal.

Recapping Burrow's NFL journey: Bengals QB Joe Burrow has returned healthy this year after his rookie campaign last season ended due to a left knee injury suffered early in the third quarter of Cincinnati's Nov. 22 game at Washington. With one of the top statistical seasons by any rookie in Bengals history cut short, the 24-year old Burrow had surgery on Dec. 2 and then embarked on a long rehab process. He was medically cleared in time to take the first snap of training camp on July 28, and participated fully in every practice (save for one scheduled rest day). Bengals coaches played it safe with Burrow in preseason though, limiting him to just three snaps, which came in the preseason finale vs. Miami.

Shortly after his injury last season, Burrow had vowed publicly that he would start Cincinnati's 2021 season opener. On Sept. 12 vs. Minnesota, a little more than nine months after his injury, he not only made good on that promise, he posted then-career highs in passer rating (128.8), completion percentage (74.1) and yards per attempt (9.67) in a dramatic Bengals OT win. Burrow's 46-yard drive in the waning minutes of OT set up a game-winning FG as time expired.  Burrow this season has completed 195 of 286 passes (68.2 percent) for 2497 yards, 20 TDs and 11 INTs (102.6 rating).

Burrow's two-TD streak ends at eight: Second-year Bengals QB Joe Burrow tossed at least two TDs in each of Cincinnati's first eight games this season. That streak ended in Game 9 vs. Cleveland, when he was held without a TD pass for the first time this season.

The only other rookie or second-year player to begin a season with at least two TDs in as many games was Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino, who tossed at least two TDs in each of his team's first 10 games in 1984 (his second season).

Chase nearing Bengals rookie records: Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase this season has had what already could be considered one the top rookie seasons in team history. That claim figures to be cemented in the coming weeks, as Chase continues his climb up Cincinnati's rookie receiving record books.

Chase has three 100-yard receiving games this season, and could tie WR A.J. Green's team rookie record (four) this Sunday. He currently is tied with WRs Isaac Curtis and Eddie Brown for second-most by a Bengals rookie.

Chase has seven receiving TDs, which already is tied with Green for fourth-most by a Bengals rookie. Curtis (nine) holds the team rookie record, and WR Cris Collinsworth and Brown (eight) are tied for second. Chase currently has 44 receptions. Collinsworth and WR Tee Higgins (67) share the team's rookie record in that category, with Green (65), HB Giovani Bernard (56), WR Tyler Boyd (54) and Brown (53) rounding out the top five. Chase currently has 835 receiving yards. Green (1057) holds the team's rookie record, and Collinsworth (1009), Brown (942), Higgins (908) and WR Darnay Scott (896) round out the top five.

Tee continues rookie momentum: Bengals WR Tee Higgins this season has continued the momentum he built during his rookie campaign in 2020. Higgins, a second-round pick of the Bengals in 2020, missed two games earlier this season due to a shoulder injury but still has 38 catches for 431 yards and two TDs.

Last year, Higgins' 67 catches tied with former WR Cris Collinsworth for the most by a rookie in team history, while his team-high 908 receiving yards were good for the fourth-most ever by a Bengals rookie. He also hauled in six TD catches, tied for fifth-most ever by a Bengals rookie. He finished the season ranked third leaguewide in catches, yards and TDs by a rookie.

Higgins this season has drawn praise from numerous Bengals coaches and teammates for transforming his body over the offseason. "My biggest thing was to get stronger," Higgins said over the summer. "I didn't do any routes, I didn't run. I was just really in the weight room for the most part. Then, once I was able to actually get on the field and do like a workout or something, I just went out there and it felt good. I just felt like I had to get stronger, so I focused a little bit more on the weight room. Now I'm weighing like 220 (pounds), and it feels good.

Bengals tough when Mixon hits 20 carries: The Bengals hold a 9-7 record when HB Joe Mixon reaches the 20-carry mark. And in those 16 games, Mixon has topped 100 rushing yards 10 times. Nine of his last 12 games with 20 carries have resulted in 100-yard rushing performances.

The Bengals are 1-1 this year when Mixon hits the mark — he had 29 carries for 127 yards (4.4 average) in a win over Minnesota in the season opener, and 20 carries for 69 yards in a Week 2 loss at Chicago. Last year, despite being limited by a foot injury to just six games, Mixon hit the 20-carry mark twice, and the Bengals were 1-1 in those contests.

Hendrickson on torrid sack pace: DE Trey Hendrickson is in his first season with the Bengals, but he's already making an impact in the sack column.

Hendrickson, one of the headliners of Cincinnati's free agency haul in March, has a team-high 8.5 sacks through just nine games. That total would have led the team for all of last season.

It's still early, but Hendrickson is on pace for 16 sacks for a full 17-game season, which would be second-most in team history between DE Coy Bacon's team-record 22 in 1976, and DE Carlos Dunlap's 13.5 in 2015. It would also make him the first Bengal with double-digit sacks since former DT Geno Atkins' 10 in 2018.

Last season with New Orleans, Hendrickson had 13.5 sacks, tied for the NFC lead and tied for second-most leaguewide. And since the beginning of the 2020 season, Hendrickson's 22 sacks are tied with Carolina LB Haason Reddick for third-most in the NFL, behind only Pittsburgh's T.J. Watt (27.5) and Cleveland's Myles Garrett (25.0).

Healthy Reader leads stout D-line: During the 2020 offseason, the Bengals made one of the most significant free agency splashes in team history when they signed DT D.J. Reader to a lucrative four-year contract that lasts through the 2023 season. Big things were expected of Reader, but his impact in 2020 was short-lived after he suffered a season-ending left quad injury in the fifth game.

This year, the 6-3, 347-pound Reader has returned healthy and proven his value as a leader and physical presence in the middle of the defensive line. And while the impact of interior defensive linemen is often difficult to quantify with statistics, consider that Cincinnati's run defense ranks eighth in the NFL (100.9 yards/game allowed) this season compared to 29th a year ago (148.0) and 32nd the year before (148.9).

Mr. Reliable wears No. 30: Jessie Bates earned a starting S spot midway through his first preseason in Cincinnati, and he hasn't looked back since. The 2018 second-round pick started 51 straight games to begin his Bengals career — that's three full seasons plus three games — until a neck injury ended his streak in the fourth game of 2021 (Sept. 30 vs. Jacksonville). He missed just that one game before returning to the starting lineup the next week vs. Green Bay.

Still, Bates' streak of 51 is tied for the sixth-most consecutive starts by a player to begin their career as a Bengal, and the second-most by a defender. Had he started the Jacksonville game, he would have tied former LB Takeo Spikes (52) for most starts to begin a career by a Bengals defender.

Huber, Harris chasing down Riley: One of the most prestigious Bengals records in existence, and one that has stood for 38 years, could be matched by the end of the 2021 season. Longtime CB Ken Riley's Bengals record 207 games played is currently eight clear of current P Kevin Huber (199), meaning that if Huber plays in each of the Bengals' eight remaining games this season, he would tie The Rattler's historic mark that has stood since his retirement in 1983.

In Game 3 vs. Pittsburgh, Huber passed QB Ken Anderson (192) for third place all-time in career games played as a Bengal. He now trails only LB Reggie Williams (206) and Riley (207). Not far behind that group is current LS Clark Harris (193 games played), who has snapped to Huber since joining Cincinnati midway through the 2009 season. Harris now stands fourth in career games as a Bengal, and this season has passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz (185), DT Tim Krumrie (188) and Anderson (192).