Browns-Bengals Preview

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GAME PREVIEW
NOVEMBER 27, 2011

TIME: 1 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (FieldTurf)

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.

INJURIES
CIN: OUT- LE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) didn't work all week and was ruled out Friday by head coach Marvin Lewis. It's looking more and like he agggravated the injury that took him out of the Pittsburgh game two weeks ago. WR A.J. Green (knee) looks like he can go after practicing fully Thursday and Friday for the first time since hyperextending his knee Nov. 13 and was probable. QB Andy Dalton (throwing shoulder) also went full go Thursday and Friday after he was limited Wednesday. NT Domata Peko (foot) also didn't work Wednesday and Thursday but he was listed as probable after going limited Friday. TE Donald Lee (foot) apparently had a setback. He returned to practice limited Wednesday after missing the last two games but sat out Thursday and Friday and is doubtful. CB Adam Jones (groin) was limited Wednesday and Thursday after returning to the lineup last Sunday. He was also limited Friday, but was listed as probable.

CLE: Out: SS T.J. Ward (finger, foot); RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring) was declared out early in the week, but he'll play some Sunday after he practiced limited on Friday and was called questionable. So was RB Montario Hardesty (calf), also expected to play some. Starting RT Tony Pashos (ankle) has had a nagging injury all year, did not practice Friday, and was questionable. QB Colt McCoy (throwing shoulder) was listed on the report but fully participated in practice Thursday.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Bengals lead, 40-36; 24-14 as home team; 7-4 at PBS.

NOTEWORTHY
» The last time the Browns beat the regular Bengals starting QB at PBS was Jon Kitna in 2003. Carson Palmer was 6-0 at home against Cleveland. His backup, Ryan Fitzpatrick, lost the 2008 PBS game.

» Both teams come into the game with young defensive tackles as their leading sackers, Bengals second-year man Geno Atkins with 5.5 and Browns rookie Phil Taylor with four.

» The Bengals rookie combo of QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green hope to finish an AFC North game together for the first time. Dalton missed the second half of the first Browns game with a bruised throwing wrist and Green missed the second half of the Pittsburgh game and all of the Baltimore game with a hyperextended knee.

» Browns WR Josh Cribbs needs 52 yards via punt or kick to become the seventh player in NFL history with 10,000 total return yards.

» With 376 yards, Bengals PR Brandon Tate is tied with Mike Martin in second place for most put return yards in a season. He's 99 yards shy of breaking Quan Cosby's 2009 team record.

» The last time Browns head coach Pat Shurmur was at PBS, he was the QBs coach for the Eagles in the longest Bengals game ever, a 13-13 tie.

» The game takes place seven years and a day after the teams combined for the most points in a game in the series in a 58-48 Bengals win.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: T12th in scoring, 18th in offense (19th rushing, 17th passing); Sixth in defense (third rushing, tied for 11th passing), tied for 12th in turnover margin at plus-one.

CLE: 28th in scoring, 29th in offense (29th rushing, 23rd passing), Fifth in defense (29th rushing, first passing), T17th in turnover margin at minus-1.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 66-71-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his ninth season, 12-5 vs. Browns.

CLE: Pat Shurmur 4-6 in his first year; 0-1 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 12-5 - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis's record vs. the Browns
» 10-6 - Former Bengals head coach Sam Wyche's record vs. the Browns
» 5-7 - Bengals founder Paul Brown's record vs. the Browns
» 27-24 - Lewis's division record
» 27-21 – Wyche's division record
» 17-19 - Brown's division record
» 10-8-1 - Lewis's home record in November
» 59 - Consecutive games streak for Bengals LB Brandon Johnson, longest on the team
» 154 - Consecutive games streak for Browns CB Sheldon Brown
» 6 - Field goals of at least 50 yards this season by Browns K Phil Dawson
» 5 - Career 50-yard field goals and beyond by Bengals K Mike Nugent
» 42 - Receptions by Browns WR Greg Little to lead all NFL rookies
» 41 - Receptions by Bengals rookie WR A.J. Green
» 635 - Receiving yards by Green; leads all NFL rookie receivers
» 438 - Receiving yards by Little
» 1,016 - Projected receiving yards for Green, seven more than Cris Collinsworth's Bengals rookie record
» 15 - TD passes for Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton in first 10 games, tying post merger record (Dan Marino,Peyton Manning)
» 17 - TD passes for Rams QB Sam Bradford in his first 11 games, post-merger record
» 14 - Receptions by Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins
» 13 - Combined receptions by WRs Chad Ochocinco, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Terrell Owens

GAME DAY ENTERTAINMENT
» JungleZone: Band – My Sister Sarah
» Anthem: John Winfrey
» Honor Guard: Ohio Highway Patrol
» Halftime: Verizon "Toss to Win" challenge in the North end zone; Youth Football; Local 12 highlight package, "Around the League in 180 Seconds."

PLAY 60
The Bengals worked with the American Dairy Association to select 16 area youth that demonstrate healthy lifestyles to deliver the game ball with team mascot, Who Dey. In addition, the 16 youth will join the Ben Gal cheerleaders in a tunnel formation as the team comes on-field.

PBS SECURITY
Enhanced security measures will continue. These same measures have been in place for recent Bengals home games, and at those games, long entry lines have developed at some gates between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. The Bengals thus encourage fans to arrive at the gate prior to 12:30 p.m., so that all fans can reach their seats by kickoff.

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio calls for cloudy skies and likely showers with temperatures in the low 40s and winds out of the west at about 10 miles per hour.

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