PRIMER: Oakland Raiders (3-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-5)


All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders.

Game: Oakland Raiders (3-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-5)
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Raiders, 18-8
Streak: Raiders have won seven of the past 10
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-2. Allen: 0-0
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 113 (Oak.), 91 (Cin.). XM: 228 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Silver and Black Pride Game Center
Weather: Partly cloudy and 43 degrees []
Uniform: Black


  • Bengals aim to win their third straight game.
  • In his last two games, quarterback Andy Dalton has completed 39 of 59 passes for 429 yards, six touchdowns and a 121.4 passer rating.
  • Dalton only needs one touchdown to surpass his rookie total of 20.
  • Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis posted his first 100-yard game of the season last week. His 28 rushing touchdowns since 2010 is tied for third-most in the NFL.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green has a touchdown reception in nine straight, tying Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (1963) for third-longest streak in a single season, trailing Crazylegs Hirsch (10 games, 1951) and Jerry Rice (12 games, 1987).
  • Since 2011, Green has 17 touchdown receptions (most in the AFC), including three 50-plus yard touchdowns this year (73, 57, 56).
  • Rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu aims to record a touchdown in his third consecutive game.
  • In his past three games, tight end Jermaine Gresham has 15 receptions, 192 yards receiving and a touchdown.
  • Defense currently ranks third in the NFL and second in the AFC with 30 quarterback sacks.
  • Since 2011, defensive tackle Geno Atkins has 15.5 quarterback sacks, including a career-best eight this season.
  • Linebacker Rey Maualuga leads the team with 82 tackles.
  • Defensive end Michael Johnson has a career-best seven sacks in 2012.


  • Raiders have beaten the Bengals in four of the past five meetings.
  • Quarterback Carson Palmer, former No. 1 pick by the Bengals, spent eight seasons in Cincinnati.
  • Palmer -- who leads the AFC with 3,035 yards passing; his sixth season with at least 3,000 yards -- is looking to record his fourth straight 300-yard game (414, 368, 312).
  • Oakland Raiders are 9-2 when running back Darren McFadden rushes for over 100 yards.
  • Marcel Reece posted a career-high 193 yards from scrimmage last week, including his first career 100-yard effort (103).
  • Reece has generated 297 yards from scrimmage in the past two games (148.5).
  • In his past five games, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is averaging 18 yards per reception and needs 95 yards receiving to reach 2,000 for his career.
  • Rookie wide receiver Juron Criner registered his first touchdown reception last week.
  • Tight end Brandon Myers has a career-best in receptions (50), yards receiving (554) and touchdowns (3) in 2012.
  • Linebacker Phillip Wheeler has a team-best 78 tackles.

(stats pages at no longer sortable; not all rankings listed)

Offense Bengals Raiders
Total 352.8 (15th) 369.4 (9th)
Scoring 24.8 (12th) 20.8 (22nd)
Third Downs 31.0% (29th) 32.1% (28th)
Rushing 103.2 (20th) 81.0 (31st)
Rushing TDs 7 (t-13th) 3 (t-29th)
20-Yard Runs 5 6
Passing 249.6 (10th) 288.4 (6th)
Passing TDs 21 (t-4th) 17 (t-9th)
Sacks Allowed 24 (t-20th) 20 (t-11th)
20-yard Passes 29 41
Defense Bengals Raiders
Total 346.1 (17th) 375.6 (24th)
Scoring 23.7 (t-19th) 32.2 (32nd)
3rd Downs Allowed 39% 42%
Rushing 117.8 (18th) 122.4 (23rd)
Rushing TDs 10 14
20-Yard Runs 5 8
Passing 228.3 (15th) 253.2 (24th)
Passing TDs 12 20
Sacks 30 (3rd) 11 (32nd)
QB Rating 91.1 101.3
20-Yard Passes Allowed 36 36
Interceptions 7 (t-22nd) 6 (t-26th)
Special Teams Bengals Raiders
Kickoff Return 23.5 22.9
Punt Return 12.4 5.3
Punting (Net) 42.4 37.9
Punts Inside the 20 21 8
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