Primer: New Orleans Saints (8-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-9)

Game: New Orleans Saints (8-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-9)
Series Leader: Bengals, 6-5
Streak: Bengals have won three straight
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis 1-0. Payton: 0-1
Broadcast: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Ron Pitts, John Lynch. SIRIUS: 113 (NO), 147 (Cin.). XM: 109 (Cin.). 
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Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 44 degrees. Light winds. No chance of rain. [Weather.com]
Uniform: Black

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • In his only game against the New Orleans Saints, Carson Palmer completed 14 of 22 passes for 275 yards passing with three touchdowns and an interception for a passer rating of 127.8.
  • Palmer needs three touchdowns to join Ken Anderson (197) and Boomer Esiason (187) as the only players in franchise history to reach 150 touchdown passes.
  • Cedric Benson is averaging 93.8 yards/game at home in 2010.
  • Terrell Owens (914) needs 86 yards receiving to join Jerry Rice (14) and Randy Moss (10) as the only players with at least 10 1,000-yard seasons.
  • Owens has 12 touchdown receptions against the Saints -- tied for most against any opponent (Atlanta).
  • Chad Ochocinco has 10 receptions for 237 yards receiving and three touchdowns in his past two games against the Saints.
  • Jermaine Gresham leads all AFC rookies with 44 receptions.
  • Rey Maualuga recorded his first career interception last week .
  • Carlos Dunlap had a career-high two sacks last week and three sacks in his past three games.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

  • In his last game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Drew Brees recorded a career-high 510 yards passing.
  • Including the Super Bowl, Brees has won nine of the past 10 meetings against AFC teams.
  • Rookie running back Chris Ivory has rushed for three touchdowns in his past two games.
  • In the last meeting against Cincinnati, Reggie Bush had 109 yards from scrimmage (51 yards rushing, 58 yards receiving).
  • Pierre Thomas has six touchdowns in his previous six games against the AFC (including the Super Bowl)
  • Marques Colston has 14 receptions for 218 yards receiving and two touchdowns in his pass two games; has four receptions or more in all 11 games this season.
  • In his previous two games, Robert Meachem has two touchdowns and is averaging 26.3 yards/reception.
  • Rookie tight end Jimmy Graham looks record three receptions for his fourth consecutive game.
  • Defensive end Will Smith has 6.5 quarterback sacks in previous seven games against the AFC. Smith had an interception and forced fumble last week.
  • Tracy Porter had two fumble recoveries last week. In his past two games (including the Super Bowl), Porter has two pick-sixs.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Saints
Total 329.5 (22nd) 385.2 (4th)
Scoring 20.5 (21st) 24.1 (9th)
Third Downs 37% (21st) 50% (1st)
Rushing 92.0 (25th) 94.2 (24th)
Rushing TDs 4 (t-last) 6 (t-23rd)
20-Yard Runs 3 (t-30th) 4 (t-26th)
Passing 237.5 (11th) 291.0 (3rd)
Passing TDs 19 (t-12th) 23 (t-1st)
Sacks Allowed 22 (t-13th) 16 (5th)
20-yard Passes 27 (t-28th) 34 (t-12th)
Defense Bengals Saints
Total 339.3 (16th) 306.7 (7th)
Scoring 26.2 (27th) 17.9 (6th)
3rd Downs Allowed 40% (20th) 37% (14th)
Rushing 123.0 (23rd) 108.9 (15th)
Rushing TDs 11 (t-24th) 9 (t-20th)
20-Yard Runs 14 (32nd) 7 (t-14th)
Passing 216.3 (15th) 197.8 (3rd)
Passing TDs 16 (16th) 7 (1st)
Sacks 12 (32nd) 20 (t-22nd)
QB Rating 79.7 (11th) 79.3 (10th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 33 (t-15th) 26 (t-1st)
Interceptions 13 (t-10) 7 (t-28th)
     
Special Teams Bengals Saints
Kickoff Return 21.3 (23rd) 23.9 (13th)
Punt Return 5.0 (32nd) 8.7 (20th)
Punting (Net) 38.3 (14th) 39.6 (6th)
Punts Inside the 20 21 (t-6th) 16 (t-19th)

2010 STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Carson Palmer Stat Ranking
Quarterback Rating 78.5 26th
Yards Passing 2,760 8th
Touchdowns 19 t-9th
First Downs 148 5th
Average Yards/Att 6.4 t-28th
Completions 257 5th
Interceptions 15 t-30th
Times Sacked 20 19th
     
Cedric Benson Stat Ranking
Yards Rushing 788 13th
Attempts / Game 19.8 7th
Touchdowns 4 t-16th
First Downs 42 t-10th
     
Chad Ochocinco Stat Ranking
Receptions 54 t-20th
Yards Receiving 628 26th
Touchdowns 4 t-33rd
20-yard receptions 4 t-96th
First Downs 37 t-16th
     
Terrell Owens Stat Ranking
Receptions 65 t-4th
Yards Receiving 914 3rd
Touchdowns 8 t-8th
20-yard receptions 13 t-8th
First Downs 44 t-5th

HISTORY AGAINST THE SAINTS

SEASON SITE RESULT
2006 New Orleans W, 31-16
2002 Cincinnati W, 20-13
1996 Cincinnati W, 30-15
1993 New Orleans L, 13-20
1990 Cincinnati L, 7-21
1987 Cincinnati L, 24-41
1984 New Orleans W, 24-21
1981 New Orleans L, 7-17
1978 Cincinnati L, 18-20
1975 New Orleans W, 21-0
1970 Cincinnati W, 26-6
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