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Primer against Baltimore II

GAME: Cincinnati Bengals (6-5) vs. Baltimore Ravens (9-2)
WHEN: Thursday, November 30th, 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Cincinnati
BROADCAST: NFL Network with Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collinsworth. Westwood One Radio with Dick Enberg, Sam Wyche and Bonnie Bernstein (field reporter). Sirius: 123 (Westwood), 124 (Cincinnati), 125 (Baltimore)
SB NATION: None

The Baltimore Ravens lead the all-time series, 13-8. The Bengals have won 3 of the past 4 and are 4-3 under head coach Marvin Lewis. Both teams shutout their opponent last week scoring 30 (Bengals) and 27 (Ravens). The last time the Ravens came to Cincinnati, the Bengals won 42-29 after Carson Palmer threw for three touchdowns and the Bengals jumped to a 34-0 lead.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Carson Palmer has a quarterback rating of 120+ in his past three games. In his five career games against Baltimore, Palmer has three 300-yard games and nine touchdowns.
  • Rudi Johnson has scored at least one touchdown in his past three games against Baltimore. Combining the past two home games against the Ravens, Johnson has 212 yards rushing on 50 carries.
  • Chad Johnson leads the NFL with 1,055 yards receiving. This is his fifth straight season with over 1,000 yards receiving. Here's a nice stat: Of Chad's 54 career receptions against Baltimore, 40 have gone for first down.
  • The Bengals defense has done well holding Jamal Lewis in check. In two of his past three games, he's run for less than 100 yards. Believe me, that's pretty good for this defense considering the running backs that have burnt us in this division.
  • In his past four games, Derrick Mason has at least one reception of 25 yards or more against the Bengals defense.
  • Justin Smith has 3.5 sacks in his past six divisional games.
  • Deltha O'neal has an interception in three of his past four December games.
  • Kevin Kaesviharn has 2.5 sacks and three interceptions in his past two games.

Baltimore Ravens

  • If Baltimore wins, they will clinch the AFC North. But they won't win...
  • Under Brian Billick, the Ravens are 55-6 when leading after three quarters.
  • Starting against Cincinnati, Steve McNair is 10-3 with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. He's thrown for three touchdowns in four games against the Bengals -- most against any team. McNair's team is 30-11 when he completes 65% of his passes.
  • In eight of his ten career games against Cincinnati, Jamal Lewis has rushed for at least 100 yards (118.2 yards per game). On 229 career rush attempts against Cincinnati (1,182 yards), Jamal Lewis is averaging 5.2 yards per carry.
  • Mark Clayton has 22 receptions for 318 yards and a touchdown in his past four games.
  • Adalius Thomas has at least one sack in eight of 11 games this season.

OFFENSE

Category Bengals Ravens
Point Scored 25.2 (5th) 22.6 (9th)
Passing 245.6 (5th) 202.0 (17th)
Rushing 101.0 (20th) 99.9 (22nd)
Total Offense (yards gained) 346.6 (8th) 301.9 (25th)

DEFENSE

Category Bengals Ravens
Point Allowed 21.2 (17th) 13.4 (3rd)
Passing 245.1 (32nd) 188.5 (9th)
Rushing 116.6 (19th) 76.5 (2nd)
Total Offense (yards allowed) 361.7 (31st) 265.0 (2nd)