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Primer against Carolina

WHEN: Sunday, October 22nd at 1p.m.
WHO: Bengals vs. Carolina Panthers
WHERE: Paul Brown Stadium
BROADCAST: Fox. Broadcasters are Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Jay Glazer (field reporter)

General Notes

  • With a win, the Bengals will be tied for first place in the AFC North -- Baltimore is off this week.
  • Bengals offense has scored on all 13 trips inside the red-zone (eight touchdowns).
  • John Fox and Marvin Lewis met before as defensive coordinators in Super Bowl XXXV.
Cincinnati Bengals
  • The Bengals are 16-10 (.615) at home with Marvin Lewis as head coach.
  • Bengals have won 8 of their past 9 games against NFC teams.
  • In seven career games, Carson Palmer is 6-1 against NFC teams -- completed 162 of 244, 1,707 yards, 15 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 96.8 passer rating.
  • Rudi Johnson has eight rushing touchdowns in his past six games at home -- averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh has 6+ receptions in five of his past seven games.
  • T.J.'s 291 receiving yards ranks 2nd-most in the AFC in the past three games. (Andre Johnson of Houston has 328 receiving yards)
  • Chad Johnson has at least one catch in 65 straight games -- second longest streak in club history (Pickens, 93).
Carolina Panthers
  • Carolina is 2-0 vs. the Bengals averaging 39.5 points per game.
  • Panthers have won eight of their past 10 games decided by eight points or less.
  • Jake Delhomme has won four in a row against the AFC with 22 career touchdowns (15 games vs. AFC).
  • Panthers are 6-0 all-time (including playoffs) when DeShaun Foster rushes for 100+ yards and 11-1 when he rushes 20 times or more.
  • Steve Smith scored three touchdowns in his only meeting against the Bengals (12/8/02). Smith had five receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown; returned three punts for 153 yards with two touchdowns (61 & 87 yards).
  • If Julius Peppers records a sack Sunday, it will be his six straight game with a sack -- he has eight this season.
LAST GAME: The Bengals lost 52-31 on December 8th, 2002. Carolina's Rodney Peete passed for 319 yards and three touchdowns.