PRIMER: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

Matthew Stockman

All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens

Game: Baltimore Ravens (10-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Ravens, 19-14
Streak: Ravens have won four straight
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 10-9. Harbaugh: 6-3
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 134 (Bal.), 113 (Cin). XM: 232 (Cin).
SB Nation: Baltimore Beatdown
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Mostly cloudy and 27 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Black

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Cincinnati Bengals have reached the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1981-82.
  • Bengals have won six of their past seven games.
  • Quarterback Andy Dalton is 18-13 (.581) as a starter, highest all-time winning percentage by a Bengals quarterback with at least 20 starts.
  • Dalton is currently sporting a 95.1 fourth-quarter rating in 2012.
  • In his past two games at home, Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has averaged 109 yards rushing per game.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green (1,324) needs 117 yards receiving to surpass Chad Johnson (1,440, '07) for single-season franchise record.
  • Green (95) needs five receptions to become third Bengals player to reach 100 in a season (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 112 in '07; Carl Pickens, 100 in '96).
  • Bengals defense needs 1.5 quarterback sacks to surpass a franchise record of 48 in 2001.
  • Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (12.5) needs a quarterback sack for most sacks by a Bengals player in a single-season since 1982 (Eddie Edwards, 13 in 1983).
  • Atkins leads all NFL defensive tackles with 23.5 quarterback sacks since 2010.
  • Defensive tackle Michael Johnson has a career-high 9.5 quarterback sacks in 2012.
  • Safety Reggie Nelson has three picks in the past four games.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Ravens have reached the postseason in five consecutive seasons after capturing the AFC North title for the second straight year.
  • Quarterback Joe Flacco has a career-best 3,783 yards passing in 2012 and needs 217 yards to join Vinny Testaverde (4,177 in '96) to reach 4,000 in a season.
  • Flacco posted his 13th game with 300-plus yards receiving last week; Ravens are 12-1 in those games.
  • Running back Ray Rice (1,138 yards rushing, 478 yards receiving) needs 84 yards from scrimmage to reach 1,700 for fourth straight season.
  • Rice has 17 career games with 100-plus yards rushing and the Ravens are 14-3 in those games.
  • Rookie running back Bernard Pierce posted a career-high 123 yards rushing last week against New York.
  • Wide receiver Torrey Smith (99) needs one reception to reach 100 for his career. Currently has a career-high eight receiving touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Anquan Boldin (921) needs 79 yards receiving to reach 1,000 for the sixth time in his career.
  • Tight end Dennis Pitta (7) needs one receiving touchdown to set a single-season club record among tight ends (Todd Heap, 7 in '05).
  • Safety Ed Reed has 10 career interceptions against the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has at least five sacks in third straight season.
  • Kick returner Jacoby Jones has an NFL-best 32.1 kickoff return yard average.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Ravens
Total 342. (20th) 352.5 (15th)
Scoring 24.5 (12th) 25.4 (10th)
Third Downs 35% (26th) 38 (17th)
Rushing 113.2 (14th) 113.0 (15th)
Rushing TDs 11 (t-15th) 15 (t-8th)
20-Yard Runs 13 (t-8th) 8 (t-20th)
Passing 229.1 (16th) 239.5 (13th)
Passing TDs 27 (t-6th) 22 (t-14th)
Sacks Allowed 44 (27th) 34 (t-16th)
20-yard Passes 38 (t-26th) 60 (t-4th)
Defense Bengals Ravens
Total 317.5 (6th) 361.7 (20th)
Scoring 20.2 (t-8th) 21.4 (12th)
3rd Downs Allowed 37 (12th) 36 (11th)
Rushing 127.9 (24th) 100.6 (8th)
Rushing TDs 15 (t-25th) 11 (t-14th)
20-Yard Runs 8 (t-8th) 6 (t-4th)
Passing 216.9 (10th) 233.9 (17th)
Passing TDs 16 (t-5th) 14 (t-2nd)
Sacks 47 (2nd) 35 (t-15th)
QB Rating 81.9 (t-12th) 80.4 (t-11th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 49 (21st) 48 (t-19th)
Interceptions 13 (t-16th) 13 (t-16th)
Fumble Recoveries 13 (t-4th) 10 (t-9th)
Forced Fumbles 16 (t- 5th) 6 (t-31st)
Special Teams Bengals Ravens
Kickoff Return 22.4 (t-18th) 27.7 (3rd)
Punt Return 10.7 (9th) 9.5 (t-16th)
Punting (Net) 41.8 (5th) 41.3 (t-8th)
Punts Inside the 20 29 (t-7th) 27 (t-12th)
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