GAME: Cincinnati Bengals (8-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (10-3)
WHEN: Monday, December 18th, 8:30 p.m.
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
- 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.
- 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.
|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)|
|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)|
|Returns Allowed||21.3 (9th)||26.1 (30th)|
|Return Yards||19.9 (30th)||23.8 (9th)|
|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)|