Chiefs at Bengals Preview

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TIME: 1 p.m. Sunday

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (Synthetic)

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

TV: CBS broadcast team of Spero Dedes  (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (analyst) on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, and Channel 27 in Lexington, KY.

INJURIES

CIN: 

DOUBTFUL:  Starting S George Iloka (ankle), who missed all three days of practice after pulling himself out of the second half of last Sunday's victory in Baltimore when he felt the injury was hurting the team.

QUESTIONABLE: Starting CB Adam Jones (elbow). But after missing Wednesday's practice, he went full the last two days and figures to play. Backup rookie DL Marcus Hardison (knee) returned to full practice  this week for the first time since getting hurt in the pre-season finale. He'll most likely be inactive.

PROBABLE:  Starting RT Andre Smith (hip) went full Thursday and Friday after being limited Wednesday. Same with starting CB Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder). Backup DT Pat Sims (hip) practiced full all week after missing last week's game.

KCC:

QUESTIONABLE:Starting WR Albert Wilson the only Chief questionable after limited all week. 

THE SERIES

The 3-0 Bengals lead 1-2 Chiefs, 14-13, 7-5  in Cincinnati, 3-0 at PBS

NOTEWORTHY

»» The only tie in the 279 games and 17 seasons  of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid's career came at PBS in the infamous 13-13 game on Nov. 16, 2008, when Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb admitted he didn't know a game could end in tie if neither team scored in the fifth quarter.

»» Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, leading his team in TD catches and second among NFL tight ends with a 15.3 yard average, plays his first game at PBS since playing at the University of Cincinnati.

»» The Chiefs have surfaced at PBS for big moments in the Marvin Lewis Era.

Five years before the tie with the Eagles on Nov. 16, 2003 during Lewis' first season, the 4-5 Bengals stunned the unbeaten Chiefs and went into first place in November for the first time since 1990 in a 24-19 victory that featured a Peter Warrick 68-yard punt return TD  and a 77-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter. An emotional Lewis gave the game ball to Bengals president Mike Brown.

On Dec. 27, 2009, the Bengals edged the Chiefs, 17-10, to clinch the AFC North on Carson Palmer's six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chad  Johnson on the last play before the two-minute warning.

Arrowhead Stadium also was the site of a significant moment. The 2005 finale turned out to be Dick Vermeil's last game as Chiefs head coach and a final tuneup for the playoffs. With the Bengals starters sitting out much of the farewell, the fired-up Chiefs rolled, 37-3.

»» Bengals DL Wallace Gilberry had a sack of Palmer in that 2009 game during his four-year, 53-game career in Kansas City. He's in his fourth season in Cincinnati and Sunday's game is his 50th as a Bengal.

»»Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes, a second-round pick of the Chiefs in 1985, played nine seasons and 136 games in Kansas City that spanned 135 catches and five play-off berths.

»» Chiefs running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, a college teammate at Colorado of Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph, played with the Bengals from 1995-98. His 102-yarder in Giants Stadium on Oct. 26, 1997 is the longest kick return in Bengals history.

NFL RANKINGS

CIN: 7th in scoring, 2nd in offense (8th rushing, 6th passing); 7th in scoring defense, T-12th in defense (5th rushing, 20th passing), T-10th in turnover margin at plus-two.

KCC: 8th in scoring, 22nd in offense (T-13th rushing, 25th passing); 29th in scoring defense, 24th in defense (14th rushing, T-28th passing), T-25th in turnover margin at minus-3.

COACHES

CIN: Marvin Lewis 103-96-2 in 13th season, 5-2 vs. Chiefs

KCC:Andy Reid in 17th season overall at 161-117-1, third season in KC at 21-15, 1-2-1 vs. Bengals, 0-2-1 vs. Lewis.

PHILIP RIVERS WEATHER UPDATE

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for partly cloudy skies with no chance of rain and a slight wind out of the northeast at five to 10 miles per hour. Game time temperature of 65 degrees expected to rise a few degrees during the game.

NUMBERS GAME

.598 - Lewis' winning percentage at PBS

.577 - Reid's road winning percentage

20-27-1 - Bengals' record in October under Lewis

83-63-1 - Bengals' combined record in September, November, and December under Lewis

9-6-1 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton's October record

22-10-1 - Dalton's  PBS record

25-34 - Chiefs QB Alex Smith's road record

123.5 -Dalton's passer rating on third down

99.9 - Combined third-down passer rating of Smith (51.1) and Ravens QB Joe Flacco (48.8) after last Sunday's games

16.7 - Chiefs' NFL low third-down conversion percentage

31 - Opposing offense's third-down conversion percentage vs. Bengals in last 21 regular-season PBS games

21 - Consecutive games for Chiefs without a TD by a WR that ended last Monday night

23 - TDs by Bengals WRs in same stretch

46 - Sacks Chiefs OLB Justin Houston has in his last 46 games

102 - Bengals sacks in their last 46 games

13 - Sacks Chiefs have allowed this season

13 - Sacks Bengals have allowed in last 10 games

335 - Bengals WR A.J. Green's yards this season

333 - Yards for Chiefs WRs

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