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KEY MATCHUPS
JANUARY 2, 2011

TIME: 1 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: M&T Bank Stadium (Sportexe Momentum)

TV: CBS broadcast team of Kevin Harlan play-by-play and Solomon Wilcots analyst. Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

RADIO: Play-by-play man Brad Johansen and analyst Dave Lapham on "triple cast" on flagships 700-AM (WLW) 1530-AM (ESPN) and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

INJURIES CIN: Third-down RB Brian Leonard (ankle) to IR; starting WR Chad Ochocinco (ankle) out; Out of Wednesday's and Thursday's practices were starting TE Jermaine Gresham (knee), starting LCB Johnathan Joseph (ankle), and backup LB Dan Skuta (back). Backup RB Bernard Scott (toe) was back in limited fashion Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. LE Carlos Dunlap (shoulder) was back to full Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

BAL: Starting FS Ed Reed (neck) missed Thursday's practice after he worked Wednesday. Starters C Matt Birk (knee), TE Todd Heap (thigh), WR Derrck Mason (abdomen, ankle) went full Thursday.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIESRavens lead, 15-14; 10-5 in Baltimore, 8-4 at M&T.

NOTEWORTHY
» Bengals QB Carson Palmer returns to the scene of his greatest comeback, a 24-point fourth quarter in the Bengals 27-26 win on Dec. 5, 2004. WR Chad Ochocinco caught 161 yards  and WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh 171. The Ocho is out with an ankle injury and Houshmandzadeh is playing for the Ravens.

» If Palmer throws two TD passes Sunday, it will give him 27 for the season, his most since he had 28 in his 2006 Pro Bowl season.

» When Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was the Ravens defensive coordinator, Baltimore blanked the Bengals in three straight M&T games from 1999-2001.

» The fewest points the Bengals have scored in Baltimore under Lewis is 10 in the 17-10 loss in the 2008 opener.

» The Ocho has 1,361 yards against the Ravens in 19 games, more yards than he had in all but two of his 10 seasons.

» Houshmandzadeh has 614 catches, 51st on the all-time list. The Ocho's 751 has him 28th.

» The Ravens have won eight of their last 10 regular-season finales.

» The Bengals have won four of their last 10 regular-season finales.

» Ravens K Billy Cundiff, who beat out former Bengals K Shayne Graham at the beginning of the season, is going to the Pro Bowl. His 32 touchbacks is a single-season outdoor record and he beat Buffalo in OT earlier this season.

» Bengals RB Bernard Scott has a skein of seven straight games in which he has returned a kickoff at least 27 yards.

» With eight sacks, Bengals LE Carlos Dunlap is one sack away from breaking Justin Smith's 2001 rookie record of 8.5 sacks. Two more sacks makes him the club's fourth double-digit sacker in the last 28 seasons.

» In eight seasons, Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs has 68.5 sacks, two shy of Peter Boulware's club record.

NFL RANKINGS CIN: 22nd in scoring, 22nd in offense (26th rushing, 13th passing); 19th in defense (20th rushing, 18th passing), tied for 22nd in turnover margin at minus-5.

BAL: 13th in scoring, 20th in offense (13th rushing, 17th passing), 8th in defense (4th rushing, 15th passing), tied for 10th in turnover margin at plus-4.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 60-66-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his eighth season; 10-5 vs. Ravens.

BAL: John Harbaugh 34-18 in third season; 2-3 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

THE WEATHERThe National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for Sunday's game-time temperature in the upper 40s under cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance of rain and winds out of the northwest at about five to 10 miles per hour.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS» 26-21 - Bengals record in 47 division games under Marvin Lewis» 14-33 - Bengals record in 47 previous division games
» 13-10 - Lewis's road division record
» 10-5 - Bengals record vs. Ravens under Lewis
» 4-10 - Bengals record in 14 previous games vs. Ravens
» 5-11 - Bengals record vs. Steelers under Lewis (not counting Wild Card Game)
» 6-10 - Bengals record vs. Steelers in 16 previous games under Lewis
» 11-5 - Bengals record vs. Browns under Lewis
» 4-4 - Bengals record in all previous games vs. Browns
» 60 - Lewis's career wins with Bengals in 129 games
» 64 - Sam Wyche's Bengals record in 132 games
» 55 - Paul Brown's wins in 15 games
» 17-1 - Ravens record against sub-.500 teams in three seasons under John Harbaugh» 9-6 - Bengals record vs. teams with losing records in last three seasons
» 24-39 - Lewis's road record

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