Falcons at Bengals Preview

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TIME:  1 p.m.  Sunday

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (Synthetic)
LOCAL RADIO: Play-by-play Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham led by ESPN 1530 and WEBN FM 102.7 on the 25-station Bengals radio network.
TV: CBS broadcast team of play-by-play Kevin Harlan and analyst Rich Gannon on Cincinnati's Channel 12, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

INJURIES

CIN:  OUT: WR Marvin Jones (foot), TE Tyler Eifert (elbow);  DOUBTFUL: LB Sean Porter (hamstring), RB Rex Burkhead (knee); QUESTIONABLE: WLB Vontaze Burfict (concussion); PROBABLE: WR A.J. Green (foot) went full go Friday after missing Thursday. CB Terence Newman (hamstring) didn't work Friday after being limited Thursday but head coach Marvin Lewis said they would both play. DT Geno Atkins (foot) went full go Friday.
CB Darqueze Dennard (hip) practiced full go all week. So did WR James Wright (concussion); DL Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) went full go Friday.
G Mike Pollak (knee) was limited Friday.

ATL:  OUT: LT Jake Matthews (knee). PROBABLE: WR Roddy White (knee) went full go in practice Friday.

THE SERIES
Bengals lead 7-5, 4-2 at home

NOTEWORTHY

»» The NFC South's Falcons and Buccaneers are the only teams the Bengals have yet to beat in head coach Marvin Lewis' 12 seasons. They get the Bucs in Tampa Nov. 30

»» In the only game Lewis faced the Falcons in Cincinnati, Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick clinic-ed  the Bengals in rallying from 14-6 deficit to a 29-27 victory on Oct. 29, 2006. Vick had a monstrous day with a passer rating of 142.7 and three touchdowns while rushing for 55 yards.

»» The game pits Lewis against two of his closest friends in the game. Falcons head coach Mike Smith worked as Lewis' defensive line coach from 1999-2001 when Lewis coordinated the Ravens defense. Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is a roommate and teammate of Lewis' from their Idaho State days.

»» Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson had the same job in Atlanta in 2007, the year Bobby Petrino left the team late in his first season as head coach to go back to college.

»» During the 2013 preseason that the HBO Hard Knocks series documented the Bengals, Cincinnati traveled to Atlanta to scrimmage the Falcons for two days before a 34-10 opening victory. HBO then signed up the Falcons for this past preseason.

»» The last time the club's met, wide receiver Roddy White racked up 201 yards  in Atlanta's 39-32 victory in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2010.  White lines up against the Bengals again after coming up with the most prolific receiving day against them in the 21st century. The 260 yards of San Diego's Wes Chandler in 1982 is the record, followed by Art Monk's 230 in Washington in 1985 and James Lofton's 220 in Buffalo in 1991.

NFL RANKINGS

CIN: T-14th in scoring, 15th in offense (24th rushing, 8th passing); T-7th in scoring defense, T-27th in defense (13th rushing, 26th passing), T-4th in turnover margin at plus-2.

ATL: First in scoring, first in offense (14th rushing, first       passing); T-27th in scoring defense, 30th in defense (24th rushing, 27th passing), T-11 in turnover margin at plus-1.

COACHES

CIN: Marvin Lewis 91-85-1 in 12th season, 0-2 vs. Falcons
ATL:  Mike Smith 62-40 in seventh season ,  1-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

WEATHER

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for sunny skies with no chance of rain and the temperature at 72 degrees with light winds out of the northeast at less than five miles per hour

NUMBERS GAME

1 - Wins Bengals need to tie franchise record for consecutive home wins at 10 (1988-89)
52-35-1 - Bengals record at PBS under Lewis
87-79-1 - Bengals record outdoors under Lewis
14-6-1   - Bengals record vs. NFC at PBS under Lewis
9-7 - Bengals PBS record in September under Lewis
16-8 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton's PBS record
3-1 - Dalton's PBS record in September
448 - Club-setting yards passing set by Falcons QB Matt Ryan last week
441 - Combined yards passing Bengals allowed Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady in consecutive  PBS games last season
1  - Multi TD pass-game Bengals allowed at PBS last season.
50 - Ryan's career multi TD-pass games
34-15 -Ryan's record in first 49 starts
31-18 - Dalton's record in first 49 starts
71 - Ryan's TDs in first 49 starts
81 - Dalton's TDs in first 49 starts
13 - Ryan's game winning drives in fourth quarter or OT in first 49 starts
11 - Dalton's game-winning drives in fourth quarter or OT in first 49 starts.
2 - 100-yard games Bengals WR A.J. Green needs to tie Cris Collinsworth for fourth on the club's all-time list with 18
200 - Yards Green needs in next two games to break into NFL's top three for most yards receiving in first 50 games
13 - Falcons WR Devin Hester's career punt returns for TDs
5 - Bengals CB Adam Jones' career punt returns for TDs
265 - Hester's career punt returns, one TD per 20 returns
128 - Jones' career punt returns, one TD per 25 returns

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