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Jaguars at Bengals Preview


TIME:  1 p.m. Sunday
PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (Synthetic)
LOCAL RADIO:  Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst) led by "triple cast," on Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7) on the 25-station Bengals radio network.
TV: CBS broadcast team of Spero Dedes (play-by-play), and Solomon Wilcots (analyst) on Cincinnati's Channel 12, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.


OUT: starting WLB Vontaze Burfict  (knee) after arthroscopic surgery; starting RB  Giovani Bernard (hip, shoulder) misses the first game of his two-year NFL career after missing all three days of practice. He was probable last week after missing a day and being limited for a day with a ribs issue.

DOUBFTUL:  RG Kevin Zeitler (calf) didn't practice after he re-aggravated the injury that took him out of three games earlier in the season; MLB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) hasn't practiced since getting hurt vs. Carolina Oct. 12 and it looks like he'll miss his third straight game. Starting gunner Darqueze Dennard (hamstring) didn't practice this week after getting hurt vs. Baltimore.

QUESTIONABLE:  Starting WR A.J. Green went limited all week, but it looks like he'll play his first game since Oct. 6 in New England.

Like last week, rotational DT Brandon Thompson (knee) scaled it back after the first two days of practice. Last week he returned to practice for first time since he got hurt Sept. 14 and was full go Wednesday and Thursday but went limited Friday and didn't play. This week he went full Wednesday and Thursday and didn't practice Friday.

PROBABLE:  DT Domata Peko (toe) and CB Terence Newman (back). They went full go Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

*JAC: *

OUT: Third CB Will Blackmon (finger), backup DE Andre Branch (groin)

QUESTIONABLE: Starting OLB Dekoda Watson (hamstring) after he went limited Friday.

PROBABLE: Backup CB Dwayne Gratz (elbow, groin) after being limited all week. LT Luke Joeckel (concussion) after being full go Friday. Starting WR Cecil Shorts III (groin) after he went full Friday.

» [Complete Injury Report

Jaguars lead, 11-8; Bengals lead at home, 11-7; 2-2 at PBS.

»» It's the sixth time the Bengals and Jaguars have played since the death of the old AFC Central, where they were foes from 1995-2001 in a series the Jags won, 9-5.

»» The 4-2-1 Bengals lead the AFC North by a half-game over the last-place Browns in the tightest division race in 27 years. The last time a division was this tight this late in the season was in the strike year of 1987, when every team in the AFC East was 5-5, eight years before the expansion Jags were born.

»» Bengals starting safety Reggie Nelson, drafted 21st by Jacksonville in 2007, started 42 games for the Jags and had seven interceptions and 170 tackles before he was traded to the Bengals a week before the 2010 opener .

»» Jaguars RB coach Terry Richardson signed as a college free agent with the Bengals in 1994 after he wore Syracuse's legendary 44 of Jim Brown and Ernie Davis. The Bengals cut him and he ended up finishing his career with the Steelers in 1996 with a final line of five carries for 17 yards.

»» Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther had the same job at Jacksonville University in 1997 at age 25.

»» The game is six years to the day the Bengals got the first win of an 0-8 season with a 21-19 victory over Jacksonville at PBS punctuated by left tackle Andrew Whitworth's ejection in the third quarter when he punched defensive tackle John Henderson after Henderson gouged his eyes. Whitworth earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the locker room viewed it as one of the seminal moments that set the stage for the chemistry that marked the 2009 AFC North sweep.

»»The Bengals got off to the best start of the Marvin Lewis Era at 4-0 in 2005, but took their first loss in Jacksonville, 23-20, on Sunday Night Football.

CIN: 18th in scoring, 16th in offense (16th rushing, 14th   passing); 17th in scoring defense, 30th in defense (29th rushing, 23rd passing), T-6th in turnover margin at plus-4.

JAC: 32nd in scoring, 30th in offense (25th rushing, 27th          passing); 27th in scoring defense, 25th in defense (20th  rushing, 27th passing), T-31st in turnover margin at minus-10.

CIN: Marvin Lewis 94-92-2 in 12th season, 3-1 vs. Jaguars.
JAC:  Gus Bradley 5-19 in second season, 0-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for mostly sunny skies and a kick-off temperature of 44 degrees rising to 45 by the end of the game. Winds from the southwest at four miles per hour.

55-35-2 -  Bengals at PBS under head coach Marvin Lewis

20-27-1 - Bengals in October under Lewis

24-18-1 - Bengals in November under Lewis

14-9-1 - Bengals in November at PBS under Lewis

19-8-1 - Bengals under QB Andy Dalton at PBS

.627 - Bengals winning percentage since they drafted Dalton in 2011 (34-20-1)

.214 - Jaguars' winning percentage since they drafted Blaine Gabbert in 2011 (12-44)

6-12 - TDs-Interceptions thrown by Jaguars rookie QB Blake Bortles

12-24 - TD-Interceptions for opposing QBs in last 13 PBS games

12-10 _ Bengals record vs. rookie QBs under Lewis

5-4 _ Dalton's record vs. rookie QBs

73.0 - Foes' passer rating vs. Bengals this season, lowest in the NFL

68.3 - Bortles' passer rating, second lowest in NFL

59.4 - Foes' passer rating in last 13 PBS games

208 _ NFL passes for Bortles

259 _ NFL starts for Bengals CBs Terence Newman and Leon Hall

25 - Sacks for Jaguars this season, second most in NFL

8 - Sacks Bengals have allowed this season, second fewest in NFL

11/22/09 - Last time Bengals rookie carried 20 times in a game (21 for Bernard Scott in 20-17 loss at Oakland).

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