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Bengals Primer and Fantastic Four against the Buffalo Bills

Series Leader: Bills, 13-9
Streak: Bills, last eight.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 0-3. Jauron: 1-1
Broadcast: Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 119 (Cin.), 146 (Buf.). DirectTV: 709. No DirectTV HD.
SB Nation: Buffalo Rumblings

Bengals

  • When Carson Palmer records three or more touchdown passes, the Bengals are 11-2. With 310 yards passing, Palmer reaches 13,000 yards passing for his career.
  • Twelve of Palmer's 14 touchdowns this season have gone to T.J. Houshmandzadeh (9) and Chad Johnson (3). In fact, of Palmer's 164 completions this season, 62% (102) have gone to either T.J. (58) or Chad (44).
  • The Bengals are 15-4 when Rudi rushes for 100 yards or more. I'm not sure why I put that every week he's out. As if it's going to chance.
  • In four games as the starter this season, Kenny Watson is averaging 85.2 rushing yards per game.
  • With a touchdown this weekend, T.J. Houshmandzadeh will have caught one touchdown in eight straight games. It will also give him 10 for the season setting a personal best for touchdowns in a single-season.
  • In four career games, Chad Johnson has two 100-yard games (123, 117). Chad leads the NFL with 104.4 yards receiving per game.
  • When the Bengals defense picks off two passes or more, the Bengals are 20-4.
  • In his last six games, Shayne Graham is perfect on field goals (10/10).

Bills

  • The Bills are the only team to start a rookie Quarterback (Trent Edwards) and rookie Running back (Marshawn Lynch) this season.
  • As a starter, Edwards is 3-1. (note: Losman is starting).
  • The Bills look to win their third straight game for the first time since December 5, 2004.
  • Lynch leads all AFC rookies with 148 rushing attempts for 537 yards and four touchdowns. Lynch has run for 60 yards or more in all seven games this season.
  • In two meetings against the Bengals, Lee Evans has 10 receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns.
  • In the last meeting against the Bengals, Terrence McGee returned an interception (46 yards) for a touchdown and a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. You remember, don't you?

Fantastic Four against the Bills

Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp Att Yards TDs INTs
12.24.05 L, 27-37 25 36 266 2 2

Rudi Johnson

Date Att Yards TDs
12.24.05 18 88 0
12.19.04 23 130 1
10.05.03 20 69 1
12.29.02 3 25 0
4.9 y/c 64 312 2

Chad Johnson

Date Rec Yards TDs
12.24.05 9 117 1
12.19.04 2 10 0
10.05.03 6 59 0
12.29.02 6 123 0
  23 309 1

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Date Rec Yards TDs
12.24.05 7 70 0
12.19.04 4 43 0
12.29.02 3 26 0
  14 139 0

...and the Silver Surfer. Kenny Watson.

Date Att Yards TDs
12.19.04 3 9 0

Team Rankings

Offense Bengals Bills
Total 360.9 (5th) 246.0 (31st)
Passing 263.9 (t-4th) 145.7 (31st)
Rushing 97.0 (21st) 100.3 (20th)
Scoring 25.3 (6th) 13.9 (29th)
     
Defense Bengals Bills
Total 385.4 (31st) 381.3 (30th)
Passing 246.4 (28th) 253.4 (29th)
Rushing 139.0 (28th) 127.9 (24th)
Scoring 30.1 (31st) 19.3 (20th)
     
Special Teams Bengals Bills
Kickoff Return 22.9 (20th) 26.5 (t-5th)
Punt Return 4.2 (32nd) 21.0 (1st)

Notes:

  • Bengals have allowed 11 runs of 20 yards or more. That's tied (with the Raiders) for most allowed.
  • Even though the Bills are ranked 29th against the pass, they've allowed 10 touchdowns but intercepted 11 passes.
  • The Bengals pass defense has allowed 18 passing touchdowns -- tied with the Browns for worst in the league.
  • The Bills have four punt returns of 20 yards or more -- including a 74-yard touchdown -- and only two fair catches. For comparison, the Bengals' longest punt return of the season is nine yards with 10 fair catches. Note that the Bengals have more fair catches than yards picked up on their longest punt return of the season.