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Bengals primer against New England

GAME: New England at Cincinnati
WHEN: Sunday, 4:15 p.m.
BROADCAST: CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. (two weeks of A-team, sweet)
LAST TIME: The last time the Cincinnati Bengals hosted the New England Patriots was September 9th, 2001. The Bengals won that game 23-17 as Corey Dillon ran for 104 yards and a touchdown.
SB Nation: Pats Pulpit


  • New England leads the series, 11-8.
  • Bill Belichick is 10-3 versus the Bengals as a coach.
  • The Bengals have won 4 of the past 5 at home.
  • Cincinnati is 20-1 (.952) under Marvin Lewis with a +1 turnover ratio.
  • Bengals offense is tied for 4th in the NFL with a 63.6 touchdown percentage (7-11) inside the 20.
  • Palmer's 4 touchdown passes tied a career high. Palmer's 55th touchdown in only his 31st game is the 3rd quickest of all-time (Kurt Warner got 55 in 22 games and Dan Marino got 55 in 24).
  • If he rushes for two touchdowns Sunday, Rudi Johnson will pass Larry Kinnebrew and James Brooks for third in franchise history.
  • In his past games against an AFC team at home, Johnson has 516 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
  • In Chad's last game versus New England he caught five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown; four converted for first down.
  • Robert Geathers and Justin Smith are the only teammates in the NFL with four sacks each.
  • Justin Smith has eight sacks in his last 10 games.
  • Bengals defense tied for 2nd most interceptions (6).