Primer: Eagles (5-4) @ Bengals (1-8). Game #10

Game: Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-8)
Series Leader
: Bengals lead, 7-3
Streak: Eagles have won two out of three.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-0. Reid: 1-1
Broadcast: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 144 (Phi.), 123 (Cin.).  XM: 107 (Cin.). Direct TV: 710
SB Nation: Bleeding Green Nation Game Center
Weather: 41 degrees and partly cloudy at kickoff [Weather Ground ]
Uniform: Black
Television Coverage: Very regional [the 506 TV distribution maps]
Site: We plan on being here.


  • Bengals are 15-7 under head coach Marvin Lewis in November -- including five of their past six games against AFC teams.
  • In his past two home games, Ryan Fitzpatrick has completed 42 of 66 passes for 326 yards, three touchdowns and a pick (84.5 passer rating). In the past two games played, Fitzpatrick has 94 yards rushing.
  • When Cedric Benson rushes 20 times or more in a game, he's averaging 85.3 yards rushing per game.
  • With six receptions, T.J. Houshmandzadeh will have caught six or more passes in eight straight games.
  • Since 2007, Houshmandzadeh ranks second with 173 receptions (Wes Welker, 178).
  • The Bengals are 22-6 when the defense records two interceptions in a game.
  • Dhani Jones leads the team with 89 tackles -- last week was his first interception since playing for the Eagles on September 18, 2005.
  • In his last game, Robert Geathers took a pick-six for 36 yards.
  • Glenn Holt is second in the AFC with 860 kickoff return yards.


  • Donovan McNabb is 13-4 in his last 17 starts against AFC teams.
  • Including the playoffs, the Eagles are 37-1 when McNabb records a passer rating of 100 or better (editor's note: JESUS!)
  • Since the start of 2004, Brian Westbrook has 7,423 yards from scrimmage (4,427 yards rushing, 2,996 yards receiving); second most in the NFL and only player during that span with 4,000 yards rushing, 2,500 yards receiving.
  • Westbrook is one of seven players in NFL history with 25-plug (33) career rushing touchdowns and 25 career receiving touchdowns.
  • DeSean Jackson leads all NFC rookies with 38 receptions and 586 yards receiving.
  • Of Reggie Brown's 17 career touchdowns, 10 have been 20-plus yards.
  • Hank Baskett leads the team with three receiving touchdowns.
  • SInce 2006, Asante Samuel has 19 interceptions -- most in the NFL.
  • Trent Cole, who's coming home this weekend, has 16.5 sacks in his past 25.
  • Juqua Parker has five sacks in his past seven games.


The Bengals lead the all-time series 7-3. The series has only been played in Cincinnati three times and the Bengals are undefeated.

1.2.2005 Philadelphia W, 38-10*
12.24.2000 Philadelphia L, 7-16
11.30.1997 Philadelphia L, 42-44
12.24.1994 Cincinnati W, 33-30
11.17.1991 Philadelphia L, 10-17
9.11.1988 Philadelphia W, 28-24
11.21.1982 Philadelphia W, 18-14
10.28.1979 Cincinnati W, 37-13
12.7.1975 Philadelphia W, 31-0
9.19.1971 Cincinnati W, 37-14

* Philadelphia didn't start their starters, resting week 17 for the playoffs.

The Bengals 38-10 win over the Eagles in 2005 (the 2004 season) was the last (and only) time they've played with the existing players on roster. Carson Palmer never played; he was hurt late in 2004 and missed the final three games. Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Kenny Watson played in that game.

Player Rush Yards Rec. Yards TDs
Chad Johnson 1 18 5 67 0
T.J. Houshmandzadeh 0 0 6 71 1
Kenny Watson 3 20 1 9 0

Cedric Benson did play an additional game against the Eagles while with the Chicago Bears. He rushed 17 times for 46 yards rushing (including one reception for 19 yards receiving). The Bears won that game 19-16.

Team Rankings

Offense Bengals Eagles
Total 238.2 (32nd) 360.8 (7th)
Passing 151.4 (30th) 262.4 (5th)
Passing TDs 7 (t-28th) 13 (t-10th)
Rushing 86.8 (30th) 98.3 (22nd)
Rushing TDs 4 (t-29th) 11 (t-5th)
Scoring 13.9 (31st) 27.9 (4th)
Defense Bengals Eagles
Total 331.8 (20th) 293.9 (9th)
Passing 193.7 (10th) 190.4 (6th)
Passing TDs 13 (t-21st) 12 (t-14th)
Rushing 138.1 (25th) 103.4 (14th)
Rushing TDs 12 (t-26th) 5 (t-7th)
Scoring 26.2 (26th) 20 (10th)
Sacks 9 (31st) 28 (4th)
QB Rating 92.6 (25th) 76.2 (10th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 18 (t-3rd) 27 (t-23rd)
Interceptions 5 (t-5th) 9 (t-10th)
Special Teams Bengals Eagles
Kickoff Return 24.6 (t-9th) 23.5 (16th)
Punt Return 8.1 (22nd) 10.5 (12th)
Punting (Net) 33.3 (31st) 40.0 (5th)
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