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Primer against Denver

GAME: Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) @ Denver Broncos (8-6)
WHEN: Sunday, December 24th, 2006 at 4:15 Eastern
BROADCAST: CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Sirius: 147 (Cincinnati), 130 (Denver)
SB NATION: Mile High Report

Cincinnati Bengals

  • The Bengals have won four of their past five games.
  • If the Bengals win out this season, they will have back-to-back 10 win seasons for the first time since 1975-76.
  • Carson Palmer needs 425 yards passing in the final two games to be the first Bengal quarterback to reach 4,000 in a season.
  • Palmer has thrown for two or more touchdowns in six of eight career December starts.
  • Palmer has a 96.9 quarterback rating (third in the AFC) and aims to be the first quarterback in club history to have two seasons with a rating of 96.0 or better.
  • With one more rushing touchdown, Rudi Johnson will have three straight seasons with 12 rushing touchdowns.
  • When Rudi runs 20 times or more, the Bengals are 25-7 with wins in 16 of the past 17 games.
  • Chad Johnson has at least five receptions in 80% (72-90) of his career games.
  • In each of his two career games against the Broncos, Chad has at least six receptions and one touchdown.
  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh leads the team with eight receiving touchdowns.
  • The Bengals defense has allowed 17 points or less in four of the past five games.
  • With 1.5 sacks, Robert Geathers would be the first Cincinnati defensive lineman to reach 12 sacks in a single-season since Eddie Edwards (13, 1983).

Denver Broncos

  • The Broncos are 73-21 at home since Mike Shanahan became head coach in 1995.
  • In his first three starts, quarterback Jay Cutler has a passer rating of 90.1 with six touchdowns and three picks.
  • If running back Tatum Bell rushes for 73 yards, it will mark the 11th time a Bronco running back reached 1,000 yards rushing under Shanahan.
  • Running back Mike Bell has seven rushing touchdowns (tops on the team).
  • Wide receiver Javon Walker is the third player in team history to reach 1,000 yards receiving in his first season with the club -- Lionel Taylor (1960), Anthony Miller (1994).
  • In five career games against Cincinnati, Rod Smith has 25 receptions and four touchdowns.
  • With a start Sunday, center Tom Nalen will reach 188 games played surpassing Paul Howard for 4th most played in team history.
  • Champ Bailey has 19 interceptions with Denver. One more and he'll pass Randy Gradishar and Tom Jackson for 9th most in team history.
  • Defensive end, Elvis Dumervil is third among NFL rookies with seven sacks.
  • With two points, Jason Elam will reach 100 points scored in a season for the 14th straight season -- a new record if accomplished.


Category Bengals Broncos
Points Scored 23.8 (7th) 19.4 (t-17th)
Passing 242.0 (5th) 173.5 (25th)
Rushing 102.6 (22nd) 136.4 (6th)
Total Offense (yards gained) 344.6 (7th) 309.9 (21st)


Category Bengals Broncos
Points Allowed 20.3 (t-14th) 18.3 (6th)
Passing 241.6 (32nd) 217.5 (22nd)
Rushing 109.2 (13th) 105.4 (12th)
Total Offense (yards allowed) 350.9 (29th) 322.9 (13th)


Category   Bengals Broncos
Kickoff Returns Allowed 21.5 (11th) 27.1 (29th)
  Return Yards 19.9 (31st) 21.4 (24th)
  Net Avg. 38.5 (5th) 36.8 (t-17th)
  Gross Avg. 43.9 (13th) 41.6 (27th)
Punt Return   7.1 (29th) 8.0 (24th)
Field Goals FG Made 23 (t-5th) 23 (t-5th)
  Pct. (10+ attempts) 85.2 (13th) 92% (t-1st)