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GAME PREVIEW
NOVEMBER 20, 2011

TIME: 1 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: M&T Bank Stadium (Sportexe Momentum)

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. Also, Westwood One is airing the game nationally with Kevin Kugler play-by-play and Mark Malone analyst.

TV: CBS broadcast team of Greg Gumbel play-by-play and Dan Dierdorf analyst. Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

INJURIES
CIN: Leon Hall (Achilles) out; WR A.J. Green (knee) didn't look promising after missing all three practices this week and was doubtful. TE Donald Lee (foot) also missed every practices after missing all last week and was doubtful. CB Adam Jones (groin) returned to practice Thursday and Friday after he missed last Sunday's game and was probable. LE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) was questionable after he went limited every day after he missed last week's game. Also limited Thursday were DL Frostee Rucker, (knee) RB Brian Leonard (knee) and S Gibril Wilson (foot). So was RE Michael Johnson, but not because of injury. But all were full go Friday and listed as probable.

BAL: Backup RB Anthony Allen (thigh) and backup DT Arthur Jones (head) out; MLB Ray Lewis (foot) had been declared out in media reports but was officially listed as questionable after missing every day of practice this week. WR Lee Evans (ankle) was limited all three days. He did the same thing last week and didn't play. He was questionable.

THE SERIES
Ravens lead, 16-14; 11-5 at home; 4-9 at M&T

NOTEWORTHY
» Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has deep ties to the Cincinnati area as a former University of Cincinnati assistant for eight years from 1989-96 and a defensive back at Miami of Ohio from 1980-83.

» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has deep ties to Baltimore as the Ravens defensive coordinator for six seasons from 1996-2001 in a run that included the NFL's best statistical defense in history and a Super Bowl title in 2000.

» Tied in second place in the AFC North at 6-3 a half-game behind Pittsburgh, the Bengals and Ravens meet with the Steelers on their bye week.

» The AFC North is plus-seven in games outside the division, highest in the NFL. The AFC East is next at even.

» Matt Stover, the leading scorer in Ravens history, goes into the Ravens Ring of Honor on Sunday and it might as well be against the Bengals. He scored 284 points against them, most against anybody, and he got Cincinnati for three of his 14 career winning field goals. The most famous, of course, was the kick as the clock ran out in 1991 in Cleveland that dropped the Bengals to 0-3 and prompted head coach Sam Wyche to remind fans there was tennis to be played and golf to be teed up.

» Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome played the last game of his Hall of Fame career with the Browns at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium on Dec. 30, 1990. He had one catch for six yards in a game the Bengals won the AFC Central.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: T-15th in scoring, 24th in offense (20th rushing, 23rd passing); Fifth in defense (second rushing, 10th passing), tied for 10th in turnover margin at plus-three.

BAL: Ninth in scoring, 15th in offense (22nd rushing, 11th passing), Third in defense (T-third in rushing, sixth passing), T-13th in turnover margin at plus-1.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 66-70-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his ninth season; 10-6 vs. Ravens.

BAL: John Harbaugh 42-22 in his fourth season; 3-3 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 6 - Wins by Bengals QB Andy Dalton in his first nine games
» 6 - Wins by Ravens QB Joe Flacco in his first nine NFL games
» 7 - TD passes by Flacco in his first nine games
» 14 - TD passes by Dalton in his first nine games
» 15 – Most TD passes thrown by a rookie in first 10 games (Dan Marino in '83 and Peyton Manning in '98)
» 6 - TD passes Ravens have allowed in nine games
» 82.6 - Dalton's passer rating
» 62.9 - Passer rating of Ravens opposing QBs at home under Harbaugh
» 70.9 - Passer rating of Ravens opposing QBs since 2000, best in NFL
» 56 - Career interceptions by Ravens S Ed Reed, NFL leader among active players
» 55 - Career interceptions by Bengals starting secondary (Nate Clements 33, Chris Crocker 10, Reggie Nelson 10, Kelly Jennings 2)
» 23-5 - Ravens home record under Harbaugh
» 4-4 - Bengals record in Baltimore under Lewis
» 27.3 - Points Ravens have averaged at home since 2009
» 13.5 – Points Ravens have averaged at home vs. Bengals since 2009

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio calls for mostly cloudy skies with a zero percent chance of rain and game-time temperature at 58 rising to 62 by the end of the game with winds out of the southwest at about eight miles per hour.

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