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Primer against Indianapolis

GAME: Cincinnati Bengals (8-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (10-3)
WHEN: Monday, December 18th, 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Indianapolis
BROADCAST: ESPN with Mike Tirico, Tony Kornheiser, Joe Theismann, Suzy Kolber and Michelle Tafoya. Westwood One Radio with Marv Albert, Boomer Esiason and John Dockery.
SB NATION: Stampede Blue

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Last week, Cincinnati won their eighth game making this the fourth straight season with at least eight wins -- first time in franchise history. All under Marvin Lewis.
  • In the past 15 road games, the Bengals are 11-5.
  • Quarterback Carson Palmer has at least two touchdowns in six of his past eight games.
  • The Bengals are 17-0 (6-0 this season) when Rudi Johnson carries the ball 25 times or more.
  • Last week, Rudi rushed for two touchdowns. He's recorded at least one touchdown in five of his past seven games.
  • Chad Johnson (1,247) only needs 186 yards receiving to break his own record (1,432, 2005) for most yards in a single-season. If Chad finishes the season #1 in yards receiving, it will be the first time in franchise history that any Bengals led the NFL in yards receiving.
  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh has a touchdown reception in his past three games and leads the team with eight.
  • Together, Chad and T.J. have the second most yards receiving for a duo (2,141 yards)
  • The Bengals defense has allowed a total of 17 point in the past three games.

Indianapolis Colts

  • If the Colts beat the Bengals, the clinch a playoff berth. This will be Tony Dungy's ninth season, of his past 11, that he's led his team into the playoffs.
  • In four career starts, Peyton Manning (4-0) has 10 touchdowns and three interceptions -- has at least two touchdown passes in all four games.
  • Running backs Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai combine for 1,399 yards rushing and 12 rushing touchdowns.
  • Last week, Marvin Harrison became the fourth player to surpass 1,000 career receptions. He did it in his 167th game crushing the old mark of fastest to 1,000 -- Jerry Rice (181 games).
  • In his last meeting against the Bengals, Reggie Wayne caught five passes for 117 yards -- including a 66-yard touchdown.
  • Wayne (1,129) and Harrison (1,094) have surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for second year in a row.
  • Robert Mathis has 11.0 sacks in his past 12 home games. With .5 sacks Monday, Mathis would have at least 10 sacks for his third straight season.

OFFENSE

Category Bengals Colts
Points Scored 24.4 (6th) 26.3 (5th)
Passing 249.5 (4th) 272.2 (2nd)
Rushing 100.2 (22nd) 109.2 (18th)
Total Offense (yards gained) 349.7 (7th) 381.4 (2nd)

DEFENSE

Category Bengals Colts
Points Allowed 19.2 (8th) 22.7 (24th)
Passing 238.5 (32nd) 156.6 (2nd)
Rushing 109.0 (13th) 176.5 (32nd)
Total Offense (yards allowed) 347.5 (26th) 333.1 (18th)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Category   Bengals Colts
Kickoff      
  Returns Allowed 21.3 (9th) 26.1 (30th)
  Return Yards 19.9 (30th) 23.8 (9th)
Punting      
  Net Avg. 37.4 (20th) 36.7 (15th)
  Gross Avg. 43.9 (t-19th) 43.7 (t-17)
Punt Return   7.1 (28th) 10.2 (8th)
Field Goals FG Made 20 (t-10th) 20 (t-10th)
  Pct. 83.3 (t-14th) 87.0 (t-10th)