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PREVIEW
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

TIME: 7 p.m. Monday

PLACE: M&T Bank Stadium (Sportexe Momentum)

LOCAL RADIO: Play-by-play Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham led by 1530-AM ESPN and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

NATIONAL RADIO: Dial Global Radio Sports. Play-by-play Ian Eagle, analyst Boomer Esiason, sideline reporter Tony Boselli.

TV: ESPN broadcast team of play-by-play Mike Tirico, analyst Jon Gruden, sideline reporter Lisa Salters. Simultaneous broadcast on Cincinnati's Channel 12.

INJURIES
CIN: CB Dre Kirkpatrick (leg) out; LE Carlos Dunlap (knee) is doubtful, but he hasn't practiced since the injury in the Aug. 10 preseason opener and is likely out. RB Bernard Scott (hand), who hasn't practiced since first week of August, is also doubtful and likely out. CB Jason Allen (quad) didn't play any preseason games and sat Saturday after practicing a few days and is questionable. TE Donald Lee (thigh) was limited this week until he went full go Saturday and is probable.

BAL: Except for pass rush ace Terrell Suggs (Achilles) on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the Ravens have no significant injuries. OLB Courtney Upshaw, their first pick taken with the third pick in the second round, practiced full go with a shoulder injury and is probable.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Ravens lead, 18-14, 11-5 at home.

NOTEWORTHY
» It is the first game in Baltimore since the death of Art Modell, the man that moved the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore in a deal struck during the 1995 season. The Browns beat the Bengals in the last game ever at Cleveland Stadium that season, the only game they won after the move was leaked Oct. 30, the day after the Browns won in Cincinnati.

» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis worked for Modell as the Ravens defensive coordinator for six seasons. He was hired to coach the Bengals by Mike Brown, son of Paul Brown, the man that Modell fired after 17 seasons he led the Browns to 11 championship games.

» The last time the Bengals won on the road Monday Night came against Modell's Browns, 34-13, on Oct. 22, 1990 in a game in Cleveland best known for Ickey Woods's comeback from ACL surgery.

» The last time the Bengals won on Monday Night Football was five years to the day at Paul Brown Stadium against the Ravens, a 27-20 victory fashioned by a late goal-line stand.

» There are only four Bengals left from that game on Sept. 10, 2007 and the only one on offense is left tackle Andrew Whitworth. Cornerback Leon Hall, defensive tackle Domata Peko, and left end Robert Geathers are also starting.

» The Bengals have six coaches who worked for the Ravens, including Lewis. Bengals head strength coach Chip Morton was the assistant for the Ravens from 1999-2001. Assistant strength coach Jeff Friday was the Ravens head strength coach from 1999-2007. Assistant secondary and special teams coach Hue Jackson was the Ravens quarterbacks coach from 2008-2009. Secondary coach Mark Carrier coached DBs from 2006-2009. Special teams coach Darrin Simmons broke into the NFL in 1998 in Baltimore as a special teams assistant.

2011 NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 18th in scoring, 20th in offense (19th rushing, 20th passing); Seventh in defense (10th rushing, ninth passing), 17th in turnover margin at even.
BAL: 12th in scoring, 15th in offense (10th rushing, 19th passing); Third in defense (second rushing, fourth passing), tied for 11th in turnover margin at plus-2.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 69-74-1 regular season, 0-3 postseason in his 10th season, 10-8 vs. Ravens

BAL: John Harbaugh 49-24 in fifth season, 5-3 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for no chance of rain, temperatures in the upper 60s and winds out of the north at 10 miles per hour.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 26, 120 - Average age in years and days for the Bengals 53-man roster, 22nd oldest in NFL according to STATs Inc.
» 27, 23 - Average age in years and days for the Ravens 53-man roster, ninth oldest in NFL, according to STATS Inc.
» 151 - NFL games played by Ravens LG and former Bengals RG Bobbie Williams
» 122 - NFL games played by Bengals C Jeff Faine, LG Clint Boling, RG Kevin Zeitler
» 17 - NFL seasons for Ravens MLB Ray Lewis
» 11 - NFL seasons for Bengals seven wide receivers combined
» 148 - Bengals games for head coach Marvin Lewis on Monday
» 176 - Bengals games coached combined by Lewis's three predecessors
» 116 - Combined career NFL catches by Bengals wide receivers
» 367 - Touches by Ravens RB Ray Rice last season (291 rushing, 76 catches)
» 27-5 - Ravens head coach John Harbaugh's record at home
» 4-5 - Marvin Lewis's record in Baltimore
» 9 - Ravens safety Ed Reed's interceptions against the Bengals as he heads into his 11th season
» 10 - Interceptions thrown by Ravens QB Joe Flacco vs. Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's units in eight games

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