Dolphins-Bengals Preview

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PREVIEW
OCTOBER 31, 2010

TIME: 1 p.m.

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (FieldTurf)

TV: CBS team of Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (analyst). Live on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, OH, and Channel 27 in Lexington, KY.

RADIO: Play-by-play man Brad Johansen and analyst Dave Lapham "triple cast" on flagships 700-AM (WLW) 1530-AM (ESPN) and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

INJURIES CIN: DL Jon Fanene (hamstring) out; S Roy Williams (knee) returned to practice Friday for the first time since Oct. 3 injury but isn't expected to play for the third straight game and is doubtful. QB Carson Palmer (hip) returned to practice Friday and says he'll play and is probable. RB Brian Leonard (thigh), who missed last week, worked all week and is questionable. CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle) didn't play last week but worked Thursday and Friday limited, says he feels better, and is listed questionable. CB Leon Hall (hamstring), CB Morgan Trent (knee) and S Chinedum Ndukwe (knee) all missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but were out there Friday. Hall went full and is probable. The other two went limited and are questionable. WLB Keith Rivers (foot) was limited Wednesday and Thursday, went full go Friday and is probable. Backup WLB Brandon Johnson (knee) didn't work Wednesday but was limited Thursday and Friday and is questionble. WR Terrell Owens (hand) was limited Thursday after appearing on the week's injury report for the first time and was on the field Friday going full go and is probable. RT Andre Smith (ankle) worked Thursday and Friday after being limited Wednesday and is probable.

MIA: Backup CB Nolan Carroll (ankle) and backup S Reshad Jones (knee) didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Dolphins lead, 13-5, 7-3 in Cincinnati, 1-1 at PBS

NOTEWORTHY
» The Dolphins have been the Bengals' second-toughest foe in history with that .722 winning percentage, bested only by the 49ers at .769 with a 10-3 record.

» Only two of the Bengals victories against Miami have been post-1970 merger.

» Sunday marks the Dolphins' first trip to PBS since Palmer won his first game as a starting quarterback on Sept. 19, 2004, 16-13, in a Sunday night game won on Shayne Graham's late field goal.

» Palmer, the 2002 Heisman Trophy winner, goes against Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, the 1998 winner.

» Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, a Miami native, returns to PBS as the Bengals all-time touchdown receptions leader with 64 after he passed Carl Pickens in Atlanta with an eight-yard touchdown catch. Next up is Pete Johnson's franchise record for touchdowns with 70.

» The Ocho had his 31st 100-yard game in Atlanta. The next closest on the club's all-time list is the 20 of Isaac Curtis, retired since 1984.

» Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens had a 51-yard TD catch against the Dolphins last year in Buffalo's win over Miami at home.

» In the last game the Dolphins played before Tony Sparano became the head coach, Palmer passed for 316 yards and three TDs in the Bengals 38-25 win in Miami to close the 2007 season.

» Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley last week became the first Bengals rookie to have a 100-yard receiving day since wide receiver Danny Farmer had 102 against Jacksonville in 2000. The record for a rookie in one year is three, held by Eric Crabtree in 1969, Isaac Curtis in 1973, and Eddie Brown in 1985.

NFL RANKINGS CIN: Tied for 16th in scoring, eighth in offense (19th rushing, sixth passing); 20th in defense (22nd rushing, 19th passing), tied for 10th in turnover margin at plus-3.

MIA: Tied for 24th in scoring, 13th in offense (16th rushing, 13th passing), tied for 10th in defense (12th in rushing, 17th passing), tied for 20th in turnover margin at minus-2.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 58-59-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason; 2-0 vs. Dolphins.

MIA: Tony Sparano 21-18 in his third season; 0-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for some cloudy skies with game-time temperatures at 55 degrees and rising to 59 during the game. No chance of rain with wind out of the north at about 10 miles per hour.

GAME DAY ENTERTAINMENT
» Platform: 'Halloween'  
» JungleZone: Band – 'Blind Karma'
» Honor Guard: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
» Anthem: David Robinette
» Flyover: Tri-State Warbird Museum – B-25 bombers/T-25 trainers
» Game Ball: Mars Snack Foods
» Halftime: Junior Ben-Gals/Halloween Performance
» Other: 'Yearbook' edition of Game Program

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 291 - Vikings quarterback Brett Favre's streak of consecutive starts
» 12 - Quarterbacks who have started for Bengals in last 291 games
» 87 - Games started by Carson Palmer in that stretch
» 66 - Games started by Jeff Blake in that stretch
» 46 - Games started by Jon Kitna in that stretch
» 51 - Palmer's longest consecutive games streak (Sept. 11, 2005-Sept. 21, 2008)
» 64 - Club record TD catches by Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco from 2001-10
» 104 - TD catches by Bengals WR Terrell Owens since 2001
» 123 - Rushes by Bengals RB Cedric Benson in first six games this season
» 127 - Rushes by Benson in first six games last season
» 27 - TD passes Palmer is on pace to throw in 2010
» 29 - TD passes Texans QB Matt Schaub threw in 2009
» 27 - TD passes Giants QB Eli Manning threw in 2009
» 17 - Points Bengals have scored in first quarter this season
» 30 - Points Dolphins have scored in first quarter this season
» 45 - Points Bengals have scored in fourth quarter this season
» 18 - Points Dolphins have scored in fourth quarter this season
» 118 - Points allowed by Bengals in first six games last season
» 141 - Points allowed by Bengals in first six games of this season
» 376 - Points Bengals on pace to allow
» 385 - Most points allowed under Marvin Lewis (2007)

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