Gameday and Open Thread: Bengals at 49ers

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (5-8) @ San Francisco 49ers (3-10)
Series Leader
: 49ers lead, 7-3
Streak: Bengals, last two.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-0. Nolan: 0-0.
Broadcast: NFL Network (5:00 PM PT): Bryant Gumbel, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk. SIRIUS: 126
(Cin.), 123 (SF). If you live in Cincinnati, the game will be on WLWT (Channel Five).
SB Nation: Niners Nation
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Mostly Sunny with a high of 58 and a low of 45 [Weather.com]
Uniform: White
Today: I'll be out this evening.
Inactive/Out: T Willie Anderson (knee)

Other Status Reports
Bengals. Probable: Rashad Jeanty
49ers. Out : QB Trent Dilfer (concussion), CB Shawntae Spencer (quad), CB Marcus Hudson (knee).

The 49ers have two cornerbacks out. How does that hurt their team, I asked David.

Spencer is the bigger loss as he would be our 3rd corner in the nickel and cover Chris Henry much of the game.  With Spencer and Hudson out, Donald Strickland will see a lot of playing time.  His biggest play this season was breaking up an endzone pass with 5 seconds left in regulation against the Cardinals in Week 12 that kept the Cardinals from taking a late lead.  He's got some talent, but considering the lack of significance to this game, I'm hoping the 49ers unleash rookie corner Tarell Brown.  He had some character issues that dropped him to the 49ers in the 5th round.  He's not going to be a shut down corner out of the gate, but I'd love to see what he can do against some great receivers like CJ, Housh and Henry.  All in all, it doesn't help matters, but Spencer always has the injury bug and would very well possibly get injured during the game anyways....

Starters: (not official)

(D, Doubtful... Q, Questionable)

POS. Projected
QB Palmer
RB R.Johnson
FB J.Johnson
WR C. Johnson
WR Houshmandzadeh
TE Kelly
LT Jones
LG Whitworth
C Ghiaciuc
RG Williams
RT Andrews
   
POS D
LE Geathers
DT Thornton
DT Peko
RE Smith
WB D.Jones
MB L.Johnson
SB R.Jeanty
SS Jackson
FS Williams
CB Joseph
CB Hall
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