Bengals-Raiders Preview

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PREVIEW
NOVEMBER 22, 2009

TIME: 4:15 p.m.

PLACE:  Oakland Coliseum, Grass

TV: CBS team of Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (analyst). Live on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 10 in Columbus, OH, Channel 7 in Dayton, OH, Channel 27 in Lexington, KY, and Channel 32 in Louisville, 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.

INJURIES
CIN: RB Cedric Benson (hip) looks headed to the inactive list after not practicing Wednesday and Thursday and not playing in the second half in Pittsburgh. WLB Keith Rivers (calf) appeared headed to being inactive for the second straight game when he didn't work Wednesday and Thursday. SS Chris Crocker (calf) also didn't work Wednesday and Thursday but he has said he'll be ready. WR Laveranues Coles (head) and CB Johnathan Joseph (toe) surfaced on the injury report Thursday and were limited. So was LG Evan Mathis (ankle) after he practiced for the first time following his Nov. 8 injury against Baltimore.

OAK: Starting DE Greg Ellis had his shoulder and knee scoped during the Nov. 8 bye week and has been limited this week. He looks to be questionable. Guys who have been on the shelf for several weeks and expect to be Sunday are KR Nick Miller and LB Ricky Brown. WR Chaz Schilens had been out since training camp until he returned last week and had three catches for 27 yards.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Raiders lead, 19-8; in Oakland, 9-0, in Los Angeles, 4-1.

NOTEWORTHY
» The Bengals vie for their sixth straight road victory and extending their franchise record.

» The Bengals are looking to be 8-2 for the fourth time in their history and first time since 1988. The 1975 season started 8-2 and ended with a playoff loss in Oakland. They also went 8-2 the next season.

» The Bengals are 17-9-2 in November under head coach Marvin Lewis, 8-4 on the road.

» New Bengals RB Larry Johnson comes into Sunday's game with 938 career rushing yards against the Raiders. The other two healthy backs, Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard, have a combined 435 career yards.

» Johnson has 5,995 career rushing yards. Oakland's three backs, Michael Bush, Justin Fargas and Darren McFadden have a combined 4,609. Johnson would be third on the Bengals all-time rushing list behind Corey Dillon (8,061), James Brooks (6,447) and just ahead of Rudi Johnson (5,742).

» Coles and WR Chad Ochocinco are tied for 37th on the all-time receiving list with 658 catches each.

» The Bengals go into the game fifth on offense in getting red-zone touchdowns and third in red-zone defense.

» The Bengals are second in NFL defense allowing 16.3 points per game. The Raiders are next-to-last in scoring at 9.8 points per game.

» The Bengals have rushed for 1,101 yards. The Raiders have passed for 1,064.

» The Raiders have two touchdown passes this season. Carson Palmer is looking for his first TD pass in seven quarters.

» The earliest Lewis can pass Paul Brown on the Bengals all-time victory list at 56 is Dec. 6 at PBS against the Lions, the team against which the Bengals clinched the '05 AFC North title.

» Raiders P Shane Lechler has the highest punting average in NFL history at 47.1 yards and holds the NFL record with one punt of at least 50 yards in 33 straight games. Bengals rookie P Kevin Huber has 46 career punts. Lechler had a career-high 33 punts inside the 20 in '08. Huber is on pace for 25 this season.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 17th in scoring, 19th in offense (11th rushing, 19th passing); 11th in defense, (second  rushing, 21st passing), tied for eighth in turnover margin at plus three.

OAK: 31st in scoring, 31st in offense (20th rushing, 31st passing), 24th in defense (29th in rushing, 14th passing), 31st in turnover margin at minus-eight.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 53-51-1 regular season, 0-1 postseason in his seventh season, 1-1 vs. Raiders

OAK: Tom Cable 6-15 in his second season, 0-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for no chance of rain under mostly cloudy skies in Oakland and a game-time temperature of 61 degrees.

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