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PREVIEW
NOVEMBER 8, 2009

TIME: 1 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium, FieldTurf

TV: CBS team of Dick Enberg (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (analyst). If sold out, live on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 10 in Columbus, OH, Channel 7 in Dayton, OH, Channel 27 in Lexington, KY, and Channel 32 in Louisville, KY.

RADIO: Play-by-play man Brad Johansen and analyst Dave Lapham on 700-AM (The Big One), 1530-AM (Homer) and 102.7-FM WEBN on "Triple Cast" Cincinnati flagships of the 25-station Bengals radio network. The game can also be heard on Westwood One. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Mark Malone (analyst).

INJURIES
CIN: RT Andre Smith foot and RB Bernard Scott (knee) went full go this week in practice. In the first two days of practice, SS Roy Williams (forearm) was limited after missing three of the last four games. Also limited were FB Jeremi Johnson (knee) and S Tom Nelson (shoulder).

BAL: Starting nose tackle Haloti Ngata (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday, but at least one Ravens observer thinks he'll play and get next week against Cleveland off. On Thursday, starting tight end Todd Heap (ankle) and starting fullback Le'Ron McClain (shoulder) were limited as were backup safeties Haruki Nakamura (chest) and Tom Zbikowski (illness).
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Ravens lead 15-12; Bengals lead 7-5 in Cincinnati, 5-4 at PBS.

NOTEWORTHY» The Bengals are gunning for their fifth straight AFC North victory, their most since a six-game run from Nov. 6, 2005-Nov. 5, 2006.

» The Bengals are looking to be at least 6-2 at the halfway point for the fourth time since the NFL went to 16 games in 1978.

» The Bengals are 15-9-1 in November under head coach Marvin Lewis, 8-5-1 at home.

» Bengals RB Cedric Benson had three 100-yard rushing days in September and October, the most since Corey Dillon in 2002. The club record for a season is five 100-yard days, first done by Ickey Woods in 1988 and last by Rudi Johnson in 2006. And six times in between.

» If Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco ties his career best with 12 catches Sunday, he'll pass Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome on the all-time receptions list in front of The Wizard of Oz. The Ocho is 37th with 651 and Newsome, a Hall of Fame tight end, is 36th with 662. Next up is Amani Toomer at 668.

» When Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed scores a touchdown, his team is 11-2 with the only two losses coming to the Bengals. He returned a 52-yard interception for a touchdown last month in Cincinnati's 17-14 win and on Opening Night 2007 at PBS the Bengals won despite Reed's 63-yard punt return for a score.

» Of Reed's 45 career interceptions, eight have come against Cleveland, six against Cincinnati, and three against Pittsburgh.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 15th in scoring, 13th in offense (ninth rushing, 18th passing); 21st in defense, (fifth rushing, 30th passing), tied for 13th in turnover margin at plus one.

BAL: Fourth in scoring, seventh in offense (10th rushing, 10th passing), 13th in defense (fourth in rushing, 19th passing), tied for eighth in turnover margin at plus-three.

COACHESCIN: Marvin Lewis 51-51-1 regular season, 0-1 postseason in his seventh season, 8-5 vs. Ravens

BAL: John Harbaugh 17-9 in his second season, 2-1 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

THE WEATHERThe National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for no chance of rain with partly sunny skies and game-time temperatures in the mid 60s with winds out of the south at about 10 miles per hour.

GAME DAY ENTERTAINMENT
Anthem: David Robinette
Halftime: NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick Team Championships
Honor Guard: 216th Ohio Army National Guard
Game Ball: Cintas
Giveaway: Fifth Third Team Photos
Flyover: 112th Fighter Squadron – Toledo Air National Guard
Gates: Annual Bengals Canned Food Drive

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