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KEY MATCHUPS
DECEMBER 19, 2010

TIME: 1 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (FieldTurf)

TV: No live broadcast. There is a 72-hour period in the market during which there is no charge for fans to access a replay of the Cleveland game broadcast (CBS) on NFL.com by accessing an "NFL Game Rewind" tab or banner on the home page of NFL.com. The window for free viewing begins at midnight on Sunday (Monday morning) and runs through midnight Wednesday (Thursday morning). The only time during that period in which the telecast isn't available is during the ESPN Monday Night Football telecast on Dec. 20.

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

INJURIES CIN: S Chinedum Ndukwe (knee), S Tom Nelson (illness) to injured reserve and out. Backup CB Jonathan Wade (knee) didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday and looks to be out. Starting WRs Chad Ochocinco (ankle) and Terrell Owens (knee) alternated Wednesday and Thursday sitting out and being limited. Starting LCB Johnathan Joseph (ankle) was limited both days and it looks like he'll go. Also limited both days were staring DT Pat Sims (knee) and starting WLB Keith Rivers (foot).

CLE: Backup WR and starting PR/KR Josh Cribbs (foot) went full go Thursday. Backup TE Evan Moore (hip), didn't work Wednesday and Thursday and neither did backup OLB David Bowens (head), or starting OLB Scott Fujita (knee). Backup NT Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip) went from out to limited Thursday.  
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Bengals lead, 38-36; 23-14 in Cincinnati, 6-4 at PBS, 14-9 since the Browns came back into NFL in 1999.

NOTEWORTHY
» The Bengals and Browns meet for the 75th time in a rivalry that has given the Bengals their two highest-scoring games in history and their longest victory in history.

» In their first meeting on Oct. 11, 1970, running back Leroy Kelly ran for 84 yards on 29 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Browns fended off Bengals QB Virgil Carter's 20-of-28 passing. In the first game in Cincinnati just five weeks later the Bengals won a slugfest, 14-10, as Carter set a record for Bengals quarterbacks that still stands with 110 rushing yards on nine carries.

» With 82 games the Steelers are the foes the Bengals have played the most. The Browns are second at 74 and the Titans/Oilers third with 72.

» Paul Brown, who founded both teams, went 5-7 against Cleveland.

» Marvin Lewis and Sam Wyche are tied for the most wins against Cleveland with 10.

» Lewis has never been swept by the Browns.

» For only the third time in Lewis's eight seasons is the second game of the rivalry being played without a playoff shot for either team: In 2004 the Bengals finished 8-8 and the Browns 4-12. In 2008 they both won four games.

» Bengals WR Terrell Owens had the second-biggest day by a Bengals receiver back in Cleveland on Oct. 3 with 222 yards. Chad Ochocinco had 209 in 2007 in Cleveland for the fourth-biggest game ever. The Bengals lost both games.

» With two catches Sunday, Ochocinco passes a former Bengal on the all-time list in Charlie Joiner with 751 catches. Joiner, who played four of his 18 seasons in Cincinnati and caught 82 balls, is tied for 28th on the list with fellow Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.

» Five of Bengals cornerback Leon Hall's 18 career interceptions have come against the Browns.

NFL RANKINGS CIN:20st in scoring, 24th in offense (30th rushing, 15th passing); 21st in defense (24th rushing, 15th passing), tied for 24th in turnover margin at minus-6.

CLE: 29th in scoring, 29th in offense (17th rushing, 27th passing), 22nd in defense (23rd rushing, 16th passing), tied for eighth in turnover margin at plus-5.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 58-66-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his eighth season; 10-5 vs. Browns.

CLE: Eric Mangini 10-19 in his second season, 33-45 overall in five seasons; 2-3 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 6-1 - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis's record in November and December against the Browns
» 7-7 - Bengals record under Lewis against rookie QBs
» 5- NFL starts by rookie Browns QB Colt McCoy
» 11 - Starts against Browns by Bengals QB *Carson Palmer
» 2-3 - McCoy's NFL record
» 8-3 - Palmer's record vs. Browns
» 11 - Rushing TDs by Browns RB *Peyton Hillis
» 6 - Bengals rushing TDs
» 14 * Rushing TDs Bengals RB *Cedric Benson has scored in three seasons as a Bengal
» 4 *-League-low rushing TDs allowed by Browns this season
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51 *- atches by Browns' *Benjamin Watson
to lead all AFC tight ends
» 47 *- Ctches by Bengals rookie TE *Jermaine Gresham
» 47 *- Caches by Bengals rookie WR *Jordan Shipley, co-leader in rookie AFC race with Gresham
» 52 *- NFLleading rookie catches by Tampa Bay WR *Mike Williams

GAME DAY ENTERTAINMENT
» Gates: 'Kettle Kickoff' – The Salvation Army
» Premium: 'Nationwide/Bengals Scarves' (25,000)
» JungleZone: Band – 'Frankly Speaking'
» Honor Guard: Ohio Highway Patrol
» Anthem: John Winfrey
» Game Ball: The Salvation Army
» Halftime: 'Ohio National Guard HS Players of Week'; RedZone Highlights

OPEN TIMES
» JungleZone: 10 a.m. (3 hours prior)                
» Gates: 11:30 a.m. (1.5 hours prior) 

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, is calling for no snow Sunday and projecting partly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-20s and a light wind out of the west at five miles per hour.

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