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Broncos-Bengals Preview






SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

TIME: 1 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium, FieldTurf

TV: CBS team of play-by-play man Gus Johnson and Dan Fouts live on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, OH, and Channel 27 in Lexington, KY*

*Pending local blackout

RADIO: Play-by-play man Brad Johansen and analyst Dave Lapham on 1530-AM (Homer) and 102.7-FM WEBN on flagships of the 25-station Bengals radio network.

CIN: CB David Jones (foot) out.
DEN: QB Kyle Orton is expected to play with cut index finger. Backup QB Chris Simms (ankle) can play, too. RB Knoshown Moreno (knee) has been hobbled most of the preseason and probably won't get a lot of snaps. Backup WR Jabar Gaffney (finger) and starting RG Chris Kuper (ankle) have been limited at times this week but it looks like they can go. Looking to be out are backup S Josh Barret (shoulder) and backup DE Le Kevin Smith (knee).

THE SERIES: Broncos lead, 16-8; Bengals lead in Cincinnati, 6-5, 2-1 at PBS

» The Broncos' Josh McDaniels makes his debut six years and six days to Marvin Lewis's debut, a 30-10 loss at PBS against Denver.

» Broncos head coaches are 8-0 in their first game with the team.

» Sunday is Denver's first game without Mike Shanahan as head coach since Dec. 24, 1994, a 30-28 loss in New Orleans.

» Denver has also been the foe for the Bengals' first-ever home game and their first-ever victory on Sept. 15, 1968 in a 24-10 win before 25,049 at Nippert Stadium.

» The Broncos were also the foe for the debuts of Bengals head coaches Bill Johnson (a 17-7 win at Riverfront in 1976) and Sam Wyche (a 20-17 loss in Denver in 1984).

» McDaniels' NFL debut as an assistant coach came at PBS on Sept. 9, 2001 in New England's 23-17 loss to the Bengals.

» There are only two Bengals starters left from Lewis' debut, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, playing in his 122nd Bengals game Sunday, and fullback Jeremi Johnson, playing his 81st.

» Also on that club were long snapper Brad St. Louis, kicker Shayne Graham, quarterback Carson Palmer, and offensive lineman Scott Kooistra.

NFL RANKINGS (2008 final)
CIN: 32nd in scoring, 32nd in offense (29th rushing, 30th passing); 12th in defense, (21st rushing, 15th passing), 20th in turnover margin at minus two. DEN: 16th in scoring, second in offense (12th rushing, third passing); 29th in defense (27th rushing, 26th passing), tied for 31st in turnover margin at minus-17.

CIN: Marvin Lewis 46-49-1 regular season, 0-1 postseason in his seventh season, 1-2 vs. Broncos, 0-0 vs. Josh McDaniels; DEN: Josh McDaniels 0-0 in first season.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for a high of 80 degrees Sunday in Cincinnati with mostly sunny skies, no chance of rain, and winds out of the northeast at five to 10 miles per hour.

7 - Bengals openers coached by Marvin Lewis

8 – Club-record Bengals openers coached by Paul Brown and Sam Wyche

45 - Sunday's count of club record sellout streak at Paul Brown Stadium

48 - Games Lewis has coached at PBS

27-20-1 - Lewis's PBS record

46-49-1 - Lewis's Bengals record

1976 - Year Denver head coach Josh McDaniels was born

1976 - Year that Bengals right guard Bobbie Williams and long snapper Brad St. Louis were born

1976 - Lewis's high school graduating class

33 - McDaniels's age

26 - NFL seasons for Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson

35 - Age of Bengals' youngest coach, safeties coach Louie Cioffi

1,243 - Combined career catches for Bengals WRs Chad Ochocinco and Laveranues Coles

1,380 - Career completions for Bengals QB Carson Palmer

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