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Titans at Bengals Preview


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 Brad Johansen and analyst Chris Simms on Cincinnati's Channel 12, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

CIN:  OUT: Starting WR Marvin Jones (foot)

DOUBTFUL: Starting WLB Vontaze Burfict (concussion); Burfict left the first two games with a concussion and why not give him two weeks to get ready for the Patriots in the Sunday night Oct. 5 game? Starting RG Kevin Zeitler (calf) and rotational DT Brandon Thompson (knee) didn't practice this week and looks like they could be out about a month; Backup RB Rex Burkhead (knee) looks close but they've been pointing to New England with the extra week of rest. Backup LB Sean Porter (hamstring) hasn't been ready since the season started.

PROBABLE: Starting WR A.J. Green (toe) went limited Thursday and full go Friday and says it feels better than last week, when he went just five snaps after going full Friday. Starting defensive end Carlos Dunlap (knee) went full Friday after being limited Thursday. Backup S Shawn Williams (groin) went full Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday. Starting LT Andrew Whitworth (knee) and backup RG Mike Pollak, probably starting Sunday, both went full go Friday after sitting out a day.

TEN:  QUESTIONABLE: Starting CB Jason McCourty (groin) after being limited all week.

PROBABLE: Starting ILB Wesley Woodyard went full go after appearing on the injury report Friday. RB Dexter McCluster (foot) went full the last two days after being limited Wednesday.  

[» Complete Injury Report


Titans lead 39-33-1, Bengals lead at home, 20-18;  Titans lead 11-5 since move to Tennessee, 6-2 in Cincinnati.


»» The Bengals can set the club's all-time record for most consecutive regular-season home victories with 11.  They are stalking the record set by the 1988 (8) and 1989 (2) teams.

»» The last time new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt came to PBS, he called plays for the Chargers as their offensive coordinator in San Diego's  27-10 upset of the Bengals in last year's Wild Card Game.  

»» Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton was a Bengals second-round draft pick in 1983 and played six seasons at primarily cornerback. In his last regular-season game as a Bengal, he had an interception of quarterback Doug Williams in the Bengals' 20-17 overtime victory over Washington that gave the 1988 Bengals an 8-0 record at Riverfront Stadium.

»» Louie Cioffi is Horton's secondary coach, a tandem that was formed in Cincinnati. Horton coached the secondary for five seasons under Bruce Coslet and Dick LeBeau while Cioffi was a defensive assistant here for 14 seasons under Coslet, LeBeau, and Marvin Lewis.

»» Bengals linebackers coach Matt Burke worked in Tennessee from 2004-2008 as an administrative assistant and defensive assistant. He was here the last time the Titans were here, a 24-7 Tennessee victory on Sept. 14, 2008 when the remains of Hurricane Ike attacked PBS in the final three quarters with winds up to 70 miles per hour.

»» Bengals cornerback Adam Jones plays his first game against the team that made him the sixth pick of the 2005 draft.

»» It's the first time the Titans come to Cincinnati not coached by Jeff Fisher since they were the Houston Oilers on Nov. 13, 1994.  The Bengals won that game on the last play, 34-31, at Riverfront Stadium in the throes of Blakemania. Oilers head coach Jack Pardee was fired the next day and Fisher was named coach.

»» The Bengals and the Oilers/Titans were in the old AFC Central Division from 1970-2001 and have played 73 times. The Bengals have only played Pittsburgh (88) and Cleveland  (81) more.


CIN: T-11th in scoring, 4th in offense (14th rushing, 3rd  passing); 3rd in scoring defense, 25th in defense (11th rushing, 26th passing), T-2nd  in turnover margin at plus-5.

TEN: T-25th in scoring, 11th in offense (15th rushing, 14th        passing); T-8th in scoring defense, 8th in defense (24th rushing, first passing), T-8 in turnover margin at plus-2.


CIN: Marvin Lewis 92-85-1 in 12th season, 3-2 vs. Titans
TEN:  Ken Whisenhunt  50-54  in seventh season ,  first with Tennessee at 1-1; 1-1 vs. Bengals and Lewis.


The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for the possibility of an isolated shower around kickoff, but weather improving throughout the game with a temperature of 75 degrees under partly cloudy skies. A west and northwest wind is predicted at 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts reaching up to 30.


1 - Wins Bengals need to set franchise record for consecutive home wins at 11.
53-35-1 - Bengals record at PBS under Marvin Lewis
88-79-1 - Bengals record outdoors under Lewis
10-7 - Bengals PBS record in September under Lewis
23.8 - Percentage of successful third-down conversions against Bengals in home winning streak.
57.1 - Passer rating for foes during the winning streak.
81.5 - Titans QB Jake Locker's career passer rating

17-8 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton's PBS record
4-1 - Dalton's PBS record in September
51st - NFL start for Dalton on Sunday
21st - NFL start for Locker on Sunday
9 - NFL wins for Locker
3 - Seasons Dalton has at least nine victories
2-0 - Dalton's record vs. QBs from his 2011 draft class
0 - Sacks allowed by Bengals
8 - Sacks for Titans
6 - Sacks allowed by Titans
5 - Sacks for Bengals
12.5 - Most sacks by a defensive tackle in last decade, set by Bengals' Geno Atkins in 2012
10.5 - Sacks last season by Titans DT Jurrell Casey
220 - Yards rushing Titans allowed vs. Cowboys last week
170 - Yards rushing for Bengals last week vs. Falcons
54 - Draft selection this year of first running back when Titans took Washington's Bishop Sankey
55 - Bengals' selection of LSU running back Jeremy Hill
25 - Yards rushing for Sankey
93 - Yards rushing for Hill

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