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KEY MATCHUPS
OCTOBER 9, 2011

TIME: 1 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: EverBank Field (Grass)

TV: CBS broadcast team of Bill Macatee play-by-play and Steve Tasker 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 "Triple Cast" flagships 700-AM WLW, 1530-AM ESPN and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

INJURIES
CIN: Backup CB Kelly Jennings (hamstring) didn't work Wednesday and Thursday. Starting S Chris Crocker (knee) and backup S Taylor Mays (illness) worked Thursday after being out Wednesday. Rookie SAM backer Dontay Moch returned to practice in limited fashion this week after breaking his foot in the preseason opener.

JAC: Pro Bowl special-teamers, FB Montell Owens (knee) and WR Kassim Osgood (hamstring), didn't practice Thursday. Neither did starting CB Derek Cox (groin).  Starting LE Aaron Kampman (knee) was limited.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Jacksonville leads, 11-6; 7-1 at home.

NOTEWORTHY
» The only time the Bengals won in Jacksonville was on Nov. 26, 1995, when QB Jeff Blake hit WR Carl Pickens with a five-yard TD pass in the last minute to beat the expansion Jags.

» The Bengals defense is ranked No. 1 in the NFL for the first time since the end of the 1983 season. Jaguars linebackers coach Mark Duffner was the Bengals defensive coordinator in 2001 when they finished ninth in defense for their highest ranking between 1990 and 2008.

» Jack Del Rio was Marvin Lewis's linebackers coach in 2000 when he was the Ravens defensive coordinator and Baltimore won the Super Bowl.

» Lewis and Del Rio are the only coaches remaining from the class of 2003 (Steve Mariucci in Detroit, Bill Parcells in Dallas, Dennis Erickson in San Francisco). New England's Bill Belichick and Philadelphia's Andy Reid are the only NFL coaches with longer tenures.

» Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Lewis were teammates at Idaho State and were in each other's weddings.

» Jaguars QBs coach Mike Sheppard, the Bengals WRs coach the past three seasons, was a coach on the 1981 Idaho State staff that won the NCAA Division I title with Lewis as a graduate assistant.

» Bengals 1998 first-round draft pick Brian Simmons, a linebacker out of North Carolina that started at four different positions during nine seasons in Cincinnati, scouts the northeast for the Jags.

» Simmons and Duffner were with the Bengals the last time they were in a game with two starting rookie QBs, an Oct. 10, 1999 win over Tim Couch in Cleveland with Akili Smith.

» Andy Dalton is Lewis's third different starting QB vs. Del Rio. Carson Palmer lost to Byron Leftwich in 2005 and Ryan Fitzpatrick beat David Garrard in 2008.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 23rd in scoring, 20th in offense (tied for 12th rushing, 23rd passing); First in defense (seventh rushing, third passing), tied for 18th in turnover margin at minus-1.

JAC: 32nd in scoring, 31st in offense (tied for sixth rushing, 32nd passing), 12th in defense (16th rushing, 14th passing), tied for 22nd in turnover margin at minus-2.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 62-69-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his ninth season; 1-1 vs. Jags.

JAC: Jack Del Rio 67-68 in his ninth season, 1-1 vs. Lewis.

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for Sunday's game-time temperature at 75 degrees with a 70 percent chance of showers and possibly thunderstorms with winds out of the east 11 miles per hour and gusts up to 17.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
1 - Bengals NFL defensive rank, first time since end of 1983 season
34 - Players on the Bengals roster born after 1983
3.1 - Yards per rush allowed by the Bengals, best in the NFL
5.1 - Yards per rush by Jags RB Maurice Jones-Drew
14 - Starting QBs for Jaguars since inaugural 1995 season
11 - Starting QBs for Bengals since 1995 (Blake, Esiason, O'Donnell, Justin, Smith, Mitchell, Kitna, Frerotte, Palmer, Fitzpatrick, Dalton)
7 - Consecutive losses for the Bengals in Jacksonville
25-41 - Bengals on the road under Lewis
8-7 - Bengals record vs. rookie QBs under Lewis
44 – Combined ages of Bengals QB Andy Dalton and Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert
43 - Age of Jaguars P Matt Turk
3,106 - Yards rushing by Jones-Drew since 2009, second best in NFL
2,710 - Yards rushing by Bengals RB Cedric Benson since 2009
688 - Carries by Jones-Drew since 2009
699 - Carries by Benson since 2009

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