Chargers-Bengals Preview

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PREVIEW
DECEMBER 26, 2010

TIME: 4 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 San Diego 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. 27.

RADIO: Play-by-play man Brad Johansen and analyst Dave Lapham on "triple cast" on flagships 700-AM (WLW) 1530-AM (ESPN) and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network. Also nationally on Sports USA Radio network with play-by-play man Eli Gold, analyst John Robinson, sideline reporter Mike Valpredo.

INJURIES CIN: Starting WR Terrell Owens (knee) to IR; Third-down RB Brian Leonard (ankle) out; Starting WR Chad Ochocinco (ankle) didn't practice until Friday and was limited and is questionable; Also limited all week and questionable Friday were starting RT Dennis Roland (knee), backup RB Bernard Scott (toe) and backup CB Jonathan Wade (knee). Starting C Kyle Cook (elbow) went full Friday and is probable.

SD: Starting TE Antonio Gates (toe) didn't work and isn't expected to play. Starting WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring) and Starting ILB Steve Cooper (knee) also didn't work the first two days.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIESChargers lead regular season series, 19-10; 9-5 in Cincinnati, 2-0 at PBS. Bengals lead postseason series, 1-0.

NOTEWORTHY» If Sunday indeed is Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco's last home game as a Bengal, one of the great Bengals receivers sees it. Hall of Famer Charlie Joiner, who played four seasons in Cincinnati, is the Chargers receivers coach. 

» Ochocinco's biggest game of his career came here against the Chargers on Nov. 12, 2006 with 260 yards on 11 catches in San Diego's 49-41 win.

» Also in that game, Bengals QB Carson Palmer set his career high with 440 passing yards.

» Since Marvin Lewis became Bengals head coach in 2003 the Bengals are fourth in the NFL in turnover differential at plus-34 and San Diego is third plus at-39. But this year, both are off and are tied for 24th at minus-6.

» Since 2006, the Chargers have played in four games 32 degrees or less and are 2-2. Both losses came in the playfoffs, to New England and Pittsburgh.

» The Bengals beat the Chargers in minus-9 degree weather in the 1981 AFC title game at Riverfront Stadium. It should start out 34 degrees warmer Sunday at PBS.

» The Chargers come into the game ranked in the top 10 in scoring, scoring defense, net offense and net defense. The only other Bengals foe that did that this season is the Saints.

NFL RANKINGS CIN: 21st in scoring, 21st in offense (27th rushing, 13th passing); 18th in defense (22rd rushing, 17th passing), tied for 2th in turnover margin at minus-6.

SD: 3rd in scoring, 2nd in offense (14th rushing, 2nd passing), 1st in defense (2nd rushing, 1st passing), tied for 24th in turnover margin at minus-6.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 59-66-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his eighth season; 1-2 vs. Chargers.

SD: Norv Turner 43-25 in fourth season, 102-108-1 in 13th season overall; 1-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS» 35-27-1 - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis's home record
» 37-19 - Sam Wyche's home record in non-strike seasons
» 3 - Fewest home wins under Lewis
» 2 - Home wins in 2010
» 41-23 - Lewis's record when Bengals rush for 100 yards
» 2-3 - Bengals record in 2010 when they rush for 100 yards
» 39-9-1 - Lewis's record when Bengals post plus turnover differential
» 2-3 - Bengals record in 2010 with plus turnover differential
» 30-29-1 - Lewis's record in games decided by seven points or fewer
» 2-6 - Bengals record in 2010 in games decided by seven points or fewer
» 21-1 - Chargers record since 2006 in December and January
» 10-10 - Bengals record since 2006 in December and January

GAME DAY ENTERTAINMENT» JungleZone: Band – 'Frankly Speaking'
»Honor Guard: Ohio National Guard
» Anthem: 'The Overtones'
» Game Ball: U.S. Marines
» On-field Pregame: H.S. Coach of the Week winners
» On-field Pregame: H.S. State Champions – Highlands & Newport Central Catholic
» On-field Pregame: Nationwide check presentation
» On-field Pregame: Pepsi Captain of the Game
» Halftime:  Mascots vs. Youth - IV

OPEN TIMESParking Lots: Noon (4 hours prior)
Will-Call: Noon (4 hours prior)
JungleZone: 1 p.m. (3 hours prior)               
Gates: 2:30 p.m. (1.5 hours prior)    

THE WEATHERThe National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for Sunday's game-time temperature at about 25 degrees under cloudy skies with the wind chill to make it feel like it's between 10 to 15 degrees with winds out of the northwest at about 10 to 20 miles per hour.

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