By The Numbers Game Preview: Week 4

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TIME: 8:25 p.m. Thursday PLACE:  Paul Brown Stadium (synthetic)

LOCAL RADIO:  Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst) WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7) on the 41-station Bengals radio network.

NATIONAL RADIO:  Westwood One Sports with Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Mike Mayock (analyst).

TV:  NFL Network broadcast crew of Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline) on Channel 12 in Cincinnati and NFL Network.

INJURIES

CIN: 

DOUBTFUL: Starting TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) limited for the second straight week. Starting CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) didn't practice all week.

QUESTIONABLE: Backup S Derron Smith (chest) didn't practice Monday and Tuesday, went limited Wednesday.

PROBABLY GO: Starting S Shawn Williams (knee) had been limited but went full Wednesday. Starting S George Iloka (shoulder) went full Tuesday and wednesday after being limited Monday. Also going full Tuesday and Wednesday were backup DT Pat Sims (Achilles) and backup WR James Wright (knee). K Mike Nugent (shoulder) went full all week.

MIA:

OUT:Starting TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), starting RB Arian Foster (hamstring)  C Mike Pouncey (hip), Starting LB Koa Misi (neck).

*DOUBTFUL: *Starting LB Jelani Jenkins (groin) and backup C Anthony Steen (ankle)  didn't practice.

QUESTIONABLE: Starting LT Branden Albert (ankle) went limited and starting WR Jarvis Landry (shoulder) went limited Wednesday and probably should play.

ALSO EXPECTED TO GO:Starting  S Reshad Jones (knee) were limited Tuesday and Wednesday. » Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES

The 1-2 Dolphins lead the 1-2 Bengals, 16-5; 9-3 in Cincinnati, 3-1 at PBS.

NOTEWORTHY

»» With a record of 16-5, the Dolphins are the toughest opponent in Bengals history when it comes to winning percentage at .762.

»» In the lone post-season meeting a current Hall of Fame coach and a future Hall of Fame coach met when Paul Brown took his Bengals to Miami to meet Don Shula's Dolphins in the 1973 AFC Divisional game. The two would eventually combine for 498 wins with Shula leading everyone with 328. On this day Shula beat his old coach in Cleveland, 34-16, when Miami's No Name Defense didn't allow a TD and running backs Mercury Morris, Larry Csonka, and Jim Kiik split 50 carries for 228 yards on the way to Miami's second straight Super Bowl title.

»» 21 years later in 1994 Shula brought the Dolphins to Cincinnati to meet a Bengals team coached by son Dave Shula in the first father-son meeting of head coaches in North American sports. In a nationally televised Sunday night game the Dolphins turned over every Bengals' second-half possession in a 23-7 victory at Riverfront Stadium.

»» One of the Dolphins starting safeties in that game, Gene Atkins, is the father of Bengals DT Geno Atkins. Gene played for the Dolphins in the final three seasons of a 10-year NFL career, 1987-96.

»» The Bengals and Dolphins swapped a pair of coaches before this season when Cincinnati secondary coach Vance Joseph replaced Kevin Coyle as the Dolphins defensive coordinator. Coyle, who was the Bengals secondary coach for 11 seasons before Miami hired him in 2012, returned to fill Joseph's spot.

»» Bengals quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor served as the Dolphins offensive coordinator the previous two seasons, when QB Ryan Tannehill threw 51 TDs.

»» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis faces his fifth different Dolphins head coach in his sixth meeting against the franchise with wins over Jim Bates and Cam Cameron, two losses to Joe Philbin, and a loss to Tony Sparano.

»» Three Bengals are playing against their hometown team: RB Giovani Bernard (Boca Raton) and DTs Geno Atkins (Pembroke Pines) and Pat Sims (Fort Lauderdale)

»» Bengals rookie LB Nick Vigil's brother, LB Zach Vigil, is on Dolphins IR

NFL RANKINGS

CIN: 25th in scoring, 11th in offense (27th rushing, 7th        passing); 20th in scoring defense, 15th in defense (T-18th rushing, 13th passing), T-19th in turnover margin at minus-1.

MIA: T-20th in scoring, 18th in offense (25th rushing, 10th passing); T-15th in scoring defense, 28th in defense (31st    rushing, 18th passing), T-25th in turnover margin at minus-3.

COACHES

CIN: Marvin Lewis 113-103-2 in 14th season, 2-3 vs. Dolphins

MIA: Adam Gase 1-2 in first season, 0-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

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PHILIP RIVERS WEATHER UPDATE

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for 40 percent chance of scattered showers in downtown Cincinnati with a temperature at kickoff of 60 degrees and winds out of the north at 5-10 miles per hour

NUMBERS GAME

.600 - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis' PBS winning percentage

.565 - Lewis' September winning percentage

16-13 - Lewis' record vs. first-year head coaches

*4-1 - Lewis vs. first-year head coaches since 2014 *

.658 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton's winning percentage at PBS

.394 - Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's road winning percentage

6-2 - Dalton's record at PBS in September

3-3 - Dalton's record at PBS in prime time

4-8 - Dalton's overall record in prime time

27 - Bengals rank in NFL rushing

31 - Dolphins rank in NFL rush defense

150 - Yards rushing for Bengals leader RB Jeremy Hill

54 - Yards rushing for Tannehill, Dolphins rushing leader

6 - Passing TDs Bengals allowed in eight PBS games last season

4 - Passing TDs for Broncos QB Trevor Siemian in last Sunday's PBS opener

56 _ Points for Bengals, fewest in first three games in Green-Dalton era

57 _ Points for Bengals in first three games of 2011, their rookie year

40 _ Points for Bengals in first three games of 2008, the fewest since this year

24 - NFL-leading catches for Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry, tied with Steelers WR Antonio Brown

22 - Catches for Bengals WR A.J. Green

4 - Brown's catches vs. Bengals Sept. 18 in Pittsburgh

408 - NFL-leading yards receiving for Lions WR Marvin Jones

244 - Yards receiving for Browns WR Terrelle Pryor

284 - Yards receiving for Bengals WRs Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd

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