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PREVIEW
SEPTEMBER 26, 2010

TIME: 1 p.m.

PLACE: Bank of America Stadium  (Grass)

TV: CBS team of Bill Macatee (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (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 on 1530-AM (ESPN) and 102.7-FM WEBN on Cincinnati flagships of the 25-station Bengals radio network.

INJURIES
CIN: CB Adam Jones (shoulder) didn't work all week. DL Frostee Rucker (toe) was on the field Friday after being limited Wednesday and not out there Thursday. RE Antwan Odom (wrist) was limited Wednesday and Thursday and on the field Friday. WILL LB Keith Rivers (foot) and RB Brian Leonard (foot) have been full go this week. WR Terrell Owens (back) and DT Tank Johnson were full go despite issues on Thursday. Johnson was on the field Friday as was Owens, but he wasn't wearing his helmet.

CAR: RT Jeff Otah (knee) didn't work Thursday after being limited Wednesday. WR Steve Smith (thigh) was limited Wednesday and Thursday. WR Brandon LaFell (hamstring) and DE Tyler Brayton (ankle) were also limited Thursday.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES: Panthers lead 2-1, 2-0 at home.

NOTEWORTHY
» The Bengals are playing only their fourth game against Carolina, their fewest against any team.

» WR Chad Ochocinco is the only Bengal to play more than one game against Carolina and has 12 catches for 187 yards with six catches in two games.

» If Ochocinco repeats his 114-yard effort in Carolina in 2002, he'll pass Lance Alworth on the all-time list by three yards with 10,269 and into 29th place.

» Bengals WR Terrell Owens has played the Panthers 15 times and has caught more passes (75) and gained more yards (1,110) against them than any other team.

» Owens needs 148 yards to pass Isaac Bruce into second place on the all-time receiving yards list with 15,209.

» Panthers defensive coordinator Ron Meeks began his NFL career as the Bengals secondary coach from 1992-96. Only running backs coach Jim Anderson and assistant head coach/offensive line coach Paul Alexander remain from those staffs.

» Bengals special teams coach Darrin Simmons worked as the Panthers assistant special teams coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1999-2002 and is the nephew of current Carolina strength and conditioning coach Jerry Simmons.

» Former University of Cincinnati safety Sam Garnes is the current Panthers assistant special teams/strength and conditioning coach.

» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Panthers head coach John Fox were the opposing defensive coordinators in Super Bowl XXXV when Lewis's Ravens beat Fox's Giants.

» Jimmy Clausen becomes the fifth rookie quarterback to start a game for the Panthers. Kerry Collins lost to Tampa Bay at home, 20-13, in 1995. Chris Weinke beat the Vikings on the road to open the 2001 season. Randy Fasani lost to Tampa Bay at home, 12-9, in 2002. Matt Moore beat Seattle at home, 13-10, in 2007.

NFL RANKINGS CIN: 15th in scoring, 10th in offense (21st rushing, eighth passing); 18th in defense (18th rushing, 15th passing), tied for sixth in turnover margin at plus-2.

CAR: 28th in scoring, 28th in offense (16th rushing, 27th passing), 22nd in defense (14th in rushing, 29th passing), tied for 28th in turnover margin at minus-4.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 57-56-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his eighth season; 1-0 vs. Panthers.

CAR: John Fox 76-62 in his ninth season, 1-1 vs. Bengals, 0-1 vs. Lewis.

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 70s, a 60 percent chance of rain, and a wind out of the northeast at about 10 miles per hour.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

» 1 - NFL start for Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen on Sunday
» 84- NFL start for Bengals QB Carson Palmer on Sunday
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4-6
- Palmer's record vs. rookie QBs
» 6-7 - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis vs. rookie QBs
» 1-2 - Record of Lewis and Palmer against QBs making first NFL starts
» 2 - Most TDs thrown by a rookie QB against a Lewis team (Kyle Boller, Bruce Gradkowski, Joe Flacco)
» 5 - Most interceptions thrown by a rookie against a Lewis team (Kyle Orton)
» 5 - Bengals consecutive road losses
» 7 - Bengals longest losing streak on road under Lewis (first seven road games of 2008 season)
» 23-24 - Lewis's road record
» 9-38 - Bengals road record in 47 games before Lewis arrived
» 97.9 - Yards Bengals have allowed rushing in last 26 regular-season games
» 130.8 - Yards Bengals allowed rushing in previous 26 regular-season games dating back to last two of 2006 season
» 15-10-1 - Bengals record in last 26 regular-season games
» 7-19 - Bengals record in previous 26 regular-season games dating back to last two of '06 season
» 156 - Yards per game the Panthers rushed for last season
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1,100
- Yards each hit by Panthers RBs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams last season to become first teammates in NFL history to reach it in same season
» 7 - Stewart's career 100-yard games in 32 games
» 15 * Williams's career 100-yard games in 58 games
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10 *-Bengals RB *Cedric Benson
's 100-yard games in 28 games as a Bengal

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