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Seahawks 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 "triple cast," Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7) on the 41-station Bengals radio network.

TV: FOX broadcast team of Jack Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst), Erin Andrews (sideline) on Channel 19 in Cincinnati, Channel 45 in Dayton, Ohio, and Channel 56 in Lexington, KY.



QUESTIONABLE: Rotational DL Wallace Gilberry (calf), who has played in all of his 50 Bengals games dating back to when he signed Sept. 18, 2012, missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before going limited Friday. Starting S George Iloka after being limited all week. He missed his first start in 35 games last week against the Chiefs. PROBABLE:  Starting CB Adam Jones (groin) is probable after having a full practice Friday, limited Thursday and rest Wednesday after leaving last Sunday in second half.  The same with two other starters, RB Jeremy Hill (knee) and S Reggie Nelson (hamstring).

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OUT: Starting Pro Bowl RB Marhshawn Lynch (hamstring) has been ruled out. Nickel CB Marcus Burley (thumb). Backup CB Tharold Simon. QUESTIONABLE: Backup RB Fred Jackson (ankle) didn't work Wednesday and Thursday.


The 4-0 Bengals lead 2-2 Seahawks, 10-9, 6-5 in Cincinnati, 1-0 at PBS


»» Seattle last played at PBS in Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis' first season on  Oct. 26, 2003, and the 12-year intermission is the longest drought of any team in the NFL when it comes to Cincy visits. Seattle native Corey Dillon was out with injury and backup running back Rudi Johnson had his break-out game with 101 yards rushing on 27 carries in his third season to lead the Bengals to a 27-24 victory.  Before that game in his third season Johnson had rushed for 115 career yards and would go on to become the club's third all-time leading rusher.

»» Two late picks of Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck saved this one. DT Oliver Gibson deflected one and it was caught by LB Brian Simmons and Simmons deflected the next one and it was caught by CB Jeff Burris.

Hasselbeck, who grew up in Massachusetts while his father played for the Patriots, was playing in Don Hasselbeck's hometown. Current Seattle QB Russell Wilson was born in Cincinnati but moved to Richmond, Va., as a baby.

»» It is only the Seahawks' third trip to Cincy in the past 22 years. Before that '03 game, the last time they were here was ten years before that on Sept. 26, 1993 at Riverfront Stadium. The Bengals took a 10-9 lead with 8:21 left in the game on Jay Schroeder's 21-yard TD pass to wide receiver Carl Pickens. But four minutes later Bengals running back Harold Green lost four yards and fumbled the ball and Seattle recovered in the end zone to win it.

»» The Bengals have hosted nine  post-season games and one of them was a 21-13 victory over Seattle on the last day of 1988 when running back Ickey Woods rushed for 126 yards while the Bengals kept the ball for 35:19, most of it spent watching Seattle D-lineman Joe Nash fake injury to stop the Bengals' no huddle.

»» The last time the Bengals played Seattle, Bengals QB Andy Dalton, Bengals WR A.J. Green, Seahawks CB Richard Sherman and WRs Ricardo Lockette and Doug Baldwin were all rookies on Oct. 30, 2011 in Seattle when Cincinnati won, 34-12. Green was a first-rounder, Dalton a second-rounder, and  Sherman a fifth-rounder. Lockette and Baldwin were undrafted.

»» In that victory, the biggest loss by Seattle since 2011, the Bengals scored a touchdown on offense, defense, and special teams for the first time in 13 years. Both safety Reggie Nelson (75-yard TD off a pick) and wide receiver Brandon Tate (56-yard punt return) are not only still with the club, they both made big plays in last week's win over Kansas City.

»»Also in that game in Seattle, the Bengals were leading 17-3 when Nelson and LB Brandon Johnson stopped Lynch on the last play of the half at the 1 on fourth-and-two from the 3 and time ran out.


CIN: 4th in scoring, 2nd in offense (T-7th rushing, 4th       passing); 8th in scoring defense, 19th in defense (6th      rushing, 27th passing), T-9th in turnover margin at plus-three.

SEA: 18th in scoring, 19th in offense (T-7th rushing, 27th               passing); T-3rd in scoring defense, 2nd in defense (7th     rushing, 5th passing), T-17th in turnover margin at minus-1.


CIN: Marvin Lewis 104-96-2 in 13th season, 2-1 vs. Seahawks.

SEA: Pete Carroll93-68 ovrerall in 10th season, sixth  season in Seattle at 59-35, 0-1 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

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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.


.602 - Lewis' winning percentage at PBS

.476 -  Carroll's road winning percentage with Seattle

43-18 - Seattle's record since 34-12 loss to Bengals on Oct. 30, 2011

39-21-1 - Bengals' record since Oct. 30, 2011

18-3-1 - Bengals' record in last 22 PBS games

13-9 - Seattle's record in last 22 road games

6-4 - Seattle's record in last 10 1 p.m. EST games

.654 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton's winning percentage

.731 - Seahawks QB Russell Wilson's winning percentage

.676 - Dalton's PBS winning percentage

.538 - Wilson's road winning percentage

.750 - Dalton's winning percentage vs. NFC

.666 - Wilson's winning percentage vs. AFC

77 - Wilson's career TD passes, fifth most in first 52 games

84 - Dalton's TD passes in first 52 games, fourth most.

137.5 - Dalton's passer rating on third down this season

109.1 - Wilson's passer rating on third down

18 - Sacks Seahawks have allowed this season

17 - Sacks Bengals have allowed since Nov. 2, 2014

56 - Sacks Bengals have registered in last 22 PBS games

24 - Career interceptions for Seattle CB Richard Sherman

27 - Interceptions by Bengals CBs since 2011

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