Primer: Detroit Lions (2-9) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-3)

Game: Detroit Lions (2-9) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-3)
Series Leader: Bengals 6-3
Streak: Bengals have won three straight and six of the past seven
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-0. Schwartz: 0-0
Broadcast: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 155 (Det.), 91 (Cin.).  XM: 108 (Cin.). 
SB Nation: Pride of Detroit
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Partly cloudy with a high around 39. [Weather.com]
Uniform: Black
Television Coverage: State of Ohio, most of Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern Pennsylvania, Michigan and northern Wisconsin. [506]

LAST GAME: The last time the Bengals played the Lions was December 18, 2005. The Bengals beat the Lions 41-17 in Detroit on their way to sweeping the entire NFC North that season. Palmer recorded three touchdown passes and outgained the Lions 426-270 in total yards. This was the game that the Bengals clinched their first division title in 15 years.

LAST GAME IN CINCINNATI: The last time the Lions played the Bengals in Cincinnati, the Lions beat the Bengals 19-13 behind a 151-yard day by Barry Sanders.

ONE NOTABLE: Cincinnati's own Thom Brennaman is scheduled to broadcast Sunday's game.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • With a win, Marvin Lewis (54-53-1) will tie the legendary Paul Brown (55-59-1) for the second most wins in franchise history. Sam Wyche has 64 wins.
  • Bengals look to recorded their fourth straight win when playing the Lions.
  • Against the NFC North this season, the Bengals are 2-0 and Carson Palmer has completed 35 of 47 passes for 418 yards and eight touchdowns for a 123.0 passer rating.
  • In his only meeting against Detroit, Palmer recorded three touchdown passes and a 95.5 passer rating.
  • Cedric Benson only needs 141 yards rushing to record his first 1,000-yard season in his career.
  • In his past two games, Bernard Scott is averaging 103 yards-per-game.
  • Chad Ochocinco is averaging 104.5 yards receiving against the NFC this year.
  • Defense is ranked 1st in the NFL, allowing only 15.8 points-per-game. Rushing defense ranks third, allowing 81.9 yards rushing per game.
  • Leon Hall ranks second with 17 passes defensed and Johnathan Joseph is tied for fourth with 15 passes defensed.

Detroit Lions

  • Matthew Stafford leads all NFL rookies with 2,124 yards passing and 12 touchdowns.
  • Running back Kevin Smith has recorded 970 yards from scrimmage and needs 30 yards to reach 1,000 in back-to-back seasons.
  • In his past three games against the AFC, Smith is averaging 123 yards from scrimmage per game.
  • Calvin Johnson looks to record a touchdown in three straight games. Johnson also has four 100-yard receiving games against the AFC, including two of the past three games.
  • Tight End Will Heller has a touchdown in two of his past three games.
  • Linebacker Julian Peterson recorded a sack and forced fumble last week and has 29 quarterback sacks since 2006.
  • Safety Louis Delmas recorded a safety last week (irony!)
  • Cornerback Anthony Henry has an interception in two of his past three games against the Bengals.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Lions
Total 332.9 (17th) 308.2 (26th)
Scoring 21.0 (16th) 17.5 (25th)
Third Downs 42% (11th) 39% (16th)
Rushing 135.3 (7th) 96.2 (25th)
Rushing TDs 9 (t-15th) 6 (23rd)
Passing 197.6 (21st) 212.0 (19th)
Passing TDs 15 (t-16th) 13 (t-20th)
Sacks Allowed 20 (t-7th) 33 (t-28th)
20-yard Passes 28 (20th) 31 (t-16th)
     
Defense Bengals Lions
Total 297.6 (6th) 394.3 (32nd)
Scoring 15.8 (1st) 30.5 (32nd)
3rd Downs Allowed 34% (5th) 42% (27th)
Rushing 81.9 (3rd) 112.9 (19th)
Rushing TDs 5 (6th) 9 (t-16th)
Passing 215.7 (16th) 281.4 (32nd)
Passing TDs 12 (t-9th) 27 (32nd)
Sacks 26 (t-10th) 19 (t-27th)
QB Rating 75.5 (6th) 111.8 (32nd)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 31 (t-15th) 38 (27th)
Interceptions 12 (t-7th) 6 (t-31st)
     
Special Teams Bengals Lions
Kickoff Return 22.2 (t-22nd) 20.8 (27th)
Punt Return 11.2 (5th) 9.2 (14th)
Punting (Net) 37.7 (t-19th) 37.6 (t-22nd)
Punts Inside the 20 18 (t-12th) 16 (t-20th)

2009 STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Carson Palmer Stat Ranking
Quarterback Rating 86.7 15th
Yards Passing 2,327 17th
Touchdowns 15 t-14th
First Downs 119 t-16th
Average Yards/Att 6.9 t-17th
Completions 205 18th
Interceptions 8 t-16th
Times Sacked 20 t-16th
     
Cedric Benson Stat Ranking
Yards Rushing 859 9th
Attempts / Game 22.8 1st
Touchdowns 6 t-12th
First Downs 36 12th
     
Chad Ochocinco Stat Ranking
Receptions 53 t-24th
Yards Receiving 773 16th
Touchdowns 5 t-15th
20-yard receptions 11 t-12th
First Downs 42 t-9th
     

CAREER AGAINST THE DETROIT LIONS

Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp. Att. Yards TDs Int
12.18.2005 W 41-17 28 39 274 3 2

Chad Johnson

Date Result Rec Yards TDs
12.18.2005 W 41-17 11 99 1

Cedric Benson

Date Rushes Yards TDs
10.28.2007 13 50 0
9.30.2007 15 50 0
12.24.2006 15 49 0
9.17.2006 10 25 0
10.30.2005 3 35 0
9.18.2005 16 49 0

Laveranues Coles

Date Rec Yards TDs
10.22.2006 4 29 0
11.7.2004 4 46 1
11.17.2002 7 114 0

Larry Johnson

Date Rushes Yards TDs
12.14.2003 4 26 0
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