Buccaneers-Bengals Preview

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PREVIEW
OCTOBER 10, 2010

TIME: 1 p.m.

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (FieldTurf)

TV: FOX team of Thom Brennaman (play-by-play) and Brian Billick (analyst). Live on Channel 19 in Cincinnati, Channel 45 in Dayton, OH, and Channel 56 in Lexington, KY.

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

INJURIES CIN: WR Jordan Shipley (concussion) and S Roy Williams (knee) didn't work Wednesday and Thursday. CB Johnathan Joseph (forearm) has been limited. DL Jonathan Fanene (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday and could be out for the fourth straight game.

TB: The Bucs have been extremely healthy. Their Thursday injury report listed just four players and they all practiced full-go, headed by TE Kellen Winslow (knee).

THE SERIES
Tampa Bay leads 6-3, 4-2 in Cincinnati, 2-0 at PBS

NOTEWORTHY
» Last time the Bucs played in Cincinnati on Sept. 29, 2002, they went on to win the Super Bowl after a 35-7 win over Cincinnati raised their record to 3-1. It was Akili Smith's 17th and last start for the Bengals (12-33, 117 yards and a pick) with the only Bengals score coming on linebacker Brian Simmons's 51-yard interception return. Smith's final career record: 3-14 with two wins over the Browns and Denver.

» The only player left from that Bengals team, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, suffered his last zero-catch day as Chad Johnson and wouldn't have another one until last season's regular-season finale when the starters were iced for much of the game against the Jets in preparation for the playoffs.

» The Bucs have ransacked the last two Bengals rookie classes. On Tampa's active roster are backup safety Corey Lynch, a sixth-rounder from '09, and backup fullback Chris Pressley, a Wisconsin free agent from '09. Wide receiver Dez Briscoe, a sixth-rounder from this season, is on the practice squad.

» Bengals kicker Mike Nugent began last season with the Buccaners and got released a year ago this week after he missed four of his first six attempts. He's hit 10 of his first 11 with the Bengals and that one was blocked.

» Terrell Owens needs 229 yards to break teammate Chad Ochocinco's NFL record of 450 yards receiving in consecutive games.

» Another 200-yard game gives Owens the same number as The Ocho with two in a Bengals uniform.

» The Ocho needs one more TD catch to become the franchise leader in receiving TDs with 64, passing Carl Pickens.

» The game pits two graduates of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program. The Bengals' Marvin Lewis had two stints, one with the 49ers in 1988 when he was at New Mexico and another with Kansas City in 1991 while at the University of Pittsburgh. Tampa Bay's Raheem Morris worked with the Jets in 2001 while at Hofstra.

» Lewis is 11-2-1 in home games against the NFC.

» The last time the Bengals beat the Bucs, Oct. 29, 1989 at Riverfront Stadium, Jim Breech set the PAT record for a game with eight in a 56-23 victory, the most points the Bengals have ever scored against an NFC team.

NFL RANKINGS CIN: Tied for 14th in scoring, 10th in offense (23rd rushing, sixth passing); Tied for sixth in defense (15th rushing, ninth passing), tied for sixth in turnover margin at plus-3.

TB: 25th in scoring, 26th in offense (20th rushing, 23rd passing), 20th in defense (28th in rushing, 10th passing), tied for fourth in turnover margin at plus-4.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 58-57-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his eighth season; 0-1 vs. Bucs
TB: Raheem Morris 5-14 in his second season, 0-1 vs. Bengals and Lewis

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 26 years, 319 days - Average age of Bengals 53-man roster after Week 4
» 26 years, 23 days - Average age of Buccaneers 53-man roster after Week 4
» 9 - Years of NFL experience Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco had coming into this season
» 7 - Combined years of NFL experience Tampa Bay's six wide receivers had coming into this season
» 105- NFL games played by Bengals S Chris Crocker
» 141 - Combined NFL games played by Tampa Bay's four safeties
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14 - Career TD passes for Tampa Bay quarterback *Josh Freeman

» 37 * Career TD passes Bengals QB *Carson Palmer has against NFC
» 222 *-Yards receiving Bengals WR *Terrell Owens had against Cleveland last week
» 221 *- ards receiving former Bengals WR Lavernues Coles* had in AFC North games last season
» 34-22-1 - Bengals record at PBS in head coach Marvin Lewis's 57 home games
» 3-6 - Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris's road record
» 6 - Bengals regular-season home winning streak
» 3 - Bucs road winning streak
» 55 *- Cosecutive PBS sellouts on Sunday
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31-22-1
- Bengals record in previous 54 sellouts
» 3 - Consecutive games Bengals CB Leon Hall has had an interception
» 3 - Interceptions Hall had in 2008
» *10 *- Secnd-half points Bucs have allowed in their three games
» *50 *- Secod-half points Bengals have scored in their four games

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for mostly sunny skies with a kickoff temperature of 80 degrees that will reach 84 later in the day with a light breeze from the west at about seven to eight miles per hour.

GAMEDAY ENTERTAINMENT
Platform: Breast Cancer Awareness
Promotion: Pink Ribbons (20,000)
JungleZone: Band – 'The Whammies'
Honor Guard: U.S. Marines Honor Guard
Anthem: Vondale Batchelor
Game Ball: U.S. Marines
On-field Pregame: 'Pink Football' presentation-MLCF
On-field Pregame: Fireworks with Bengals Intro  
Halftime: U.S. Marines Pageantry

STADIUM OPEN TIMES
Gate B: 7 a.m. (6 hours prior)
Parking Lots: 9 a.m. (4 hours prior)
Will-Call: 9 a.m. (4 hours prior)
JungleZone: 10 a.m. (3 hours prior)
Gates: 11:30 a.m. (1.5 hours prior)
Club Lounge: 11:30 a.m. (with Gates)
Pro Shop: 11:30 a.m. (with Gates)

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