Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (9-3) at Minnesota Vikings (10-2)

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (9-3) at Minnesota Vikings (10-2)
Series Leader: Series tied, 5-5
Streak: Bengals have won two of the past three
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-0. Childress: 0-0
Broadcast: CBS (12:00 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf.  Westwood One Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone.  SIRIUS: 129 (Cin.), 122 (Min.).  XM: 107 (Min.).
SB Nation: Daily Norseman
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Dome
Uniform: White
Television Coverage: Many states. Check the map [506]

Cincinnati Bengals

  • With a win, head coach Marvin Lewis (55-53-1) will surpass Paul Brown (55-59-1) for second most wins in team history (Sam Wyche: 64-68).
  • Bengals look to go undefeated against the NFC North -- they went undefeated against the NFC North in 2005.
  • Against the NFC North in 2009, Carson Palmer has nine touchdowns, four interceptions and a 111.6 passer rating.
  • Cedric Benson only needs 31 yards rushing for his first career 1,000-yard rushing season.
  • Bengals are 5-0 when Benson rushes 25 times or more and averages 135.4 yards rushing per game in those five games.
  • Chad Ochocinco looks to record his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game against the NFC, averaging 115.3 yards receiving in those games.
  • Chad only needs 90 yards receiving to record his seventh 1,000-yard receiving season in his career.
  • Jonathan Fanene recorded his first pick-six last week.

Minnesota Vikings

  • In four career starts against the Cincinnati Bengals, Brett Favre is 3-1.
  • Favre has recorded 1,799 yards passing, 16 touchdowns and only one interception at home this season for a passer rating of 119.1.
  • Since entering the league in 2007, Adrian Peterson has rushed for 4,204 yards -- by far, most in the league.
  • In four home games against the AFC, Peterson is averaging 184.5 yards per game and four touchdowns.
  • Chester Taylor recorded 139 yards rushing in his only start against the Bengals, while with Baltimore, on December 5, 2004.
  • Wide receiver Sidney Rice leads the NFC with 1,036 yards receiving.
  • In his past four home games, Rice has 25 receptions for 555 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Percy Harvin leads all NFL rookies with eight touchdowns (six receiving, two on kick return).
  • Tight End Visanthe Shiancoe is second among tight ends with nine touchdowns and looks to record a touchdown in his fourth straight.
  • Jared Allen has 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in his past two games.
  • Since 2004, Allen has 70 quarterback sacks. Most in the NFL.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Vikings
Total 331.9 (18th) 383.8 (5th)
Scoring 21.2 (16th) 29.9 (2nd)
Third Downs 41% (12th) 47% (3rd)
Rushing 133.9 (6th) 123.6 (11th)
Rushing TDs 9 (t-16th) 13 (t-9th)
Passing 198.0 (21st) 260.2 (9th)
Passing TDs 16 (t-16th) 27 (2nd)
Sacks Allowed 22 (t-8th) 25 (t-12th)
20-yard Passes 31 (21st) 42 (9th)
     
Defense Bengals Vikings
Total 293.2 (4th) 311.4 (8th)
Scoring 15.6 (1st) 19.4 (10th)
3rd Downs Allowed 33% (1st) 33% (3rd)
Rushing 81.8 (2nd) 84.2 (3rd)
Rushing TDs 6 (t-6th) 3 (t-1st)
Passing 211.5 (12th) 227.2 (21st)
Passing TDs 13 (8th) 18 (t-18th)
Sacks 29 (t-9th) 40 (1st)
QB Rating 73.7 (7th) 91.2 (24th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 33 (t-13th) 41 (t-25th)
Interceptions 14 (t-6th) 9 (t-22nd)
     
Special Teams Bengals Vikings
Kickoff Return 21.8 (25th) 24.3 (t-8th)
Punt Return 11.8 (5th) 9.4 (t-12th)
Punting (Net) 43.8 (22nd) 37.9 (17th)
Punts Inside the 20 20 (t-13th) 19 (t-16th)

2009 STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Carson Palmer Stat Ranking
Quarterback Rating 85.0 18th
Yards Passing 2,547 17th
Touchdowns 16 t-13th
First Downs 129 15th
Average Yards/Att 7.0 18th
Completions 222 17th
Interceptions 10 t-18th
Times Sacked 22 t-17th
     
Cedric Benson Stat Ranking
Yards Rushing 969 7th
Attempts / Game 24.1 1st
Touchdowns 6 t-14th
First Downs 45 8th
     
Chad Ochocinco Stat Ranking
Receptions 62 19th
Yards Receiving 910 12th
Touchdowns 6 t-12th
20-yard receptions 14 t-8th
First Downs 48 t-7th
     

CAREER AGAINST THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp. Att. Yards TDs Int
9.18.2005 W 37-8 27 40 337 3 1

Chad Johnson

Date Result Rec Yards TDs
9.18.2005 W 37-8 7 139 1

Cedric Benson

Date Rushes Yards TDs
10.14.2007 18 67 0
12.3.2006 9 60 1
1.1.2006 9 35 0
10.16.2005 3 2 0
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