Primer: Chicago Bears (3-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

Game: Chicago Bears (3-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)
Series Leader: Bengals, 5-3
Streak: Bengals have won three of the past four meetings
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-0. Smith: 0-1
Broadcast: FOX (4:15 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 123
(Chi.), 108 (Cin.). XM: 105 (Chi.).
SB Nation: Windy City Gridiron
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Partly cloud with a high of 54 degrees and light winds [Weather.com]
Uniform: Black
Television Coverage: Most of the Midwest and parts of the Great Plains. [506]

Cincinnati Bengals

  • The last time the Cincinnati Bengals hosted the Chicago Bears, quarterback Jim Miller threw for 232 yards passing and two touchdowns. Anthony Thomas rushed for 188 yards and the Bears totaled 435 yards total in a 24-0 shutout on October 21, 2001.
  • Dating back to 12.14.2008, the Bengals have won seven of their past nine games.
  • When a rusher carries the football 25 times or more under Marvin Lewis, the Bengals are 24-1 (.960).
  • Carson Palmer became the third quarterback in franchise history to eclipse the 17,000 yards passing mark (Ken Anderson: 32,838. Boomer Esiason: 27,149).
  • Palmer looks to record a touchdown pass in six straight games.
  • Dating back to 12.21.2008, Cedric Benson leads the NFL with 813 yards rushing on 190 attempts.
  • When rushing the football 20 times or more, Benson averages 97.7 yards rushing per game.
  • Chad Ochocinco posted his first 100-yard receiving game against the Houston Texans and is averaging 98.5 yards receiving in his past two games.
  • Johnathan Joseph has an interception in three of his past four games and tied for first in AFC and tied for third in the NFL.

Chicago Bears

  • Last week Jay Cutler passed for 300 yards; his first as a Bear and his 11th in his career.
  • When Cutler has a passer rating of 100 or better, his teams are 13-0.
  • In his only game against the Bengals as a Denver Bronco, Cutler recorded two touchdowns.
  • Running back Matt Forte is one of two players in the NFL with 1,500 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving since 2008.
  • Johnny Knox is the first Bears rookie since 1975 to record a touchdown in four straight games.
  • Tight End Greg Olsen looks to record a touchdown in his fourth straight game.
  • Including the playoffs, Devin Hester has 19 career touchdowns (seven on punt return, seven receiving and five on kickoff return).
  • Adewale Ogunleye has 64.5 sacks since 2002 (tied for 7th in the NFL).
  • The Bears have won 12 of the past 15 games in which Tommie Harris records a sack.
  • The Bears are 15-5 when cornerback Charles Tillman records an interception.
  • The Bears have won 20 of their past 23 games in which Alex Brown starts and records at least 0.5 sacks.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Bears
Total 328.8 (17th) 318.8 (19th)
Scoring 19.7 (20th) 23.8 (13th)
Third Downs 38% (16th) 39% (14th)
Passing 215.7 (19th) 229.0 (16th)
Passing TDs 8 (t-15th) 10 (t-9th)
Rushing 113.2 (14th) 89.8 (27th)
Rushing TDs 5 (t-12th) 3 (t-20th)
     
Defense Bengals Bears
Total 351.7 (19th) 306.2 (13th)
Scoring 19.7 (14th) 19.8 (15th)
Passing 254.8 (28th) 217.8 (t-14th)
Passing TDs 9 (t-22nd) 6 (t-7th)
Rushing 96.8 (11th) 88.4 (6th)
Rushing TDs 3 (t-9th) 5 (t-19th)
Sacks 16 (t-4th) 14 (t-11th)
QB Rating 89.8 (21st) 79.6 (10th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 25 (32nd) 15 (t-14th)
Interceptions 5 (t-10th) 5 (t-10th)
     
Special Teams Bengals Bears
Kickoff Return 20.3 (30th) 29.5 (t-1st)
Punt Return 13.1 (5th) 13.8 (4th)
Punting (Net) 37.3 (22nd) 39.5 (12th)
Punts Inside the 20 12 (t-4th) 12 (t-4th)

2009 STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Carson Palmer Stat Ranking
Quarterback Rating 78.3 25th
Yards Passing 1,375 13th
Touchdowns 8 t-12th
First Downs 65 t-10th
Average Yards/Att 6.8 20th
Completions 120 10th
Interceptions 7 t-32nd
Times Sacked 11 t-24th
     
Cedric Benson Stat Ranking
Yards Rushing 531 3rd
Attempts / Game 21.2 1st
Touchdowns 4 t-7th
First Downs 22 6th
     
Chad Ochocinco Stat Ranking
Receptions 29 t-15th
Yards Receiving 455 6th
20-yard receptions 9 2nd
First Downs 22 t-8th

CAREER AGAINST CHICAGO

Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp Att Yards TDs INTs
9.25.2005 W, 24-7 16 23 169 3 0

Chad Ochocinco

Date Rec Yards TDs
9.25.2005 3 77 2

Laveranues Coles

Date Rec Yards TDs
11.19.2006 8 80 0
10.17.2004 4 52 0
12.21.2003 7 94 2
12.15.2002 5 71 0

Chris Henry

Date Rec Yards TDs
9.25.2005 4 51 1
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