Bengals-Jets Preview

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PREVIEW
JANUARY 3, 2010

TIME: 8:20 p.m.

PLACE: The Meadowlands (FieldTurf)

TV: NBC team of Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Andrea Kremer (sideline reporter). Live on Channel 5 in Cincinnati, Channel 2 in Dayton, OH, and Channel 18 in Lexington, KY.

RADIO: Play-by-play man Brad Johansen and analyst Dave Lapham on 700-AM (The Big One), 1530-AM (Homer) and 102.7-FM WEBN on "Triple Cast" Cincinnati flagships of the 25-station Bengals radio network.

NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One with play-by-play man Dave Sims, analyst James Lofton, sideline reporter Hub Arkush.

INJURIESCIN: Starting S Chris Crocker (ankle) didn't practice this week and figures to miss his third straight game. He's listed as doubtful. Starting DT Domata Peko (knee) went limited this week and has been upgraded to questionable for the first time since his Dec. 7 scope. The hope had been he'd be back for the Jan. 3 finale but he could be rested one more week. The Bengals could also be planning to rest LE Robert Geathers (knee), listed as questionable but he didn't dress all week. TE J.P. Foschi (neck) was limited and is also questionable. DT Tank Johnson (foot) was limited Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday and is questionable. WR Andre Caldwell and RB and kick returner Bernard Scott missed practices this week because of illness but are probable.

NYJ: The only starter listed as questionable is DE Shaun Ellis (knee), who didn't practice Friday.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Jets lead, 14-7; 10-2 at home, 7-0 in The Meadowlands.

NOTEWORTHY» The Bengals close The Meadowlands, just like they did the Houston Astrodome, Cleveland Stadium and their own Riverfront Stadium. They've never won in Jersey starting in 1984 with three losses to the Giants and seven to the Jets. Here is how it breaks down by QB: Ken Anderson 0-1, Boomer Esiason 0-2, David Klingler 0-1, Jeff Blake 0-2, Akili Smith 0-1, Carson Palmer 0-3.

» The Bengals won the last football game in the Astrodome, 21-13, on Dec. 15, 1996, the day coach Bruce Coslet signed a four-year deal after his 5-2 start in place of Dave Shula.

» The Bengals lost the last game in Cleveland Stadium on Dec. 17, 1995, the building where Bengals founder Paul Brown built his Hall of Fame career, 26-10.

» The Bengals won the last football game at Riverfront/Cinergy Field on Dec. 12, 1999 in a 44-28 win over the Browns in which Corey Dillon rushed for 192 yards.

» The only Sunday night road win for the Bengals was 31-28 in overtime at Chicago on Nov. 8, 1992 with Esiason at the helm.

» Palmer's first NFL win came in a Sunday night game on Sept. 19, 2004 at Paul Brown Stadium when Shayne Graham's 39-yarder with two seconds left lifted the Bengals to a 16-13 win over Miami.

» At 10-5 the Bengals look to win more than 10 games for the fifth time: 1975, 1981, 1988, 2005.

» The Bengals are 1-2 in January under Marvin Lewis, 1-1 on the road.

» The Jets lead the NFL in rushing. The Bengals, who are second in the NFL in run defense, have allowed foes to rush for 100 yards four times this season.

» The Bengals hold teams to 16.9 points per game. The Jets score 20.7 points per game. The Bengals score 20.3 points per game, the Jets hold teams to 15.7.

» Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco is 48 yards shy of becoming the 33rd player with 10,000 receiving yards. The Ocho needs two more TD catches to become the Bengals all-time leading TD receptions leader with 64, passing Carl Pickens. One more TD catch and he'll tie his career-high of 10 set in 2003.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 18th in scoring, 20th in offense (6th rushing, 22nd passing); 4th in defense (second rushing, 14th passing), tied for 12th in turnover margin at plus three.

NYJ: 17th in scoring, 21st in offense (1st rushing, 30th passing), 1st in defense (9th in rushing, 1st passing), tied for 18th in turnover margin at minus-two.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 56-54-1 regular season, 0-1 postseason in his seventh season, 1-2 vs. Jets.

NYJ: Rex Ryan 8-7 in his first season, 0-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

THE WEATHER
It is going to be vintage January Meadowlands weather. According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, winds are going to blow out of the west at 25 to 28 miles per hour with gusts up to 39. The forecast for Sunday night's kickoff temperature is a high of 25 degrees with a 20 percent chance of snow showers.

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