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Bengals primer against the Arizona Cardinals

Series Leader: Bengals, 5-3
Streak: Bengals won three of past eight.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 0-1. Whisenhunt: 0-0
Broadcast: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan. SIRIUS: 123 (Arz.), 129 (Cin.). Direct TV: 705 -- no HD.
SB Nation: Revenge of the Birds


  • When Carson Palmer records three touchdowns or more, the Bengals are 11-2. When playing at home against NFC teams, Carson Palmer's record is 4-1 having completed 117 of 181 passes for 1,292 yards, 11 touchdowns and two picks -- 101.3 passer rating.
  • The Bengals are 15-4 when Rudi Johnson has 100+ yards rushing.
  • For the season, Kenny Watson is averaging 4.4 yards per carry -- 436 yards, 98 attempts.
  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh leads the league with 68 receptions having scored in eight of the team's nine games this season -- 10 total.
  • In his past two games against NFC teams, Chad Johnson has 328 yards receiving (164.0 yards per). Johnson ranks 3rd with 852 yards receiving in the AFC.
  • Shayne Graham ranks third in the AFC with 77 total points.


  • In Kurt Warner's only start against the Bengals, he posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating completing 17 of 21 passes for 310 yards passing with three touchdowns. In 31 career starts, Warner has a passer rating of 100+ or better -- his teams are 28-3.
  • Edgerrin James has five rushing touchdowns in three games against Cincinnati.
  • Anquan Boldin caught a 7-yard pass in only meeting with Cincinnati. In the past two games against AFC teams, Boldin has 18 receptions for 293 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Larry Fitzgerald tied a career-high with two touchdown receptions last week.
  • The Cardinals defense held the Detroit Lions to -18 rushing yards -- lowest in modern era and lowest since 1947.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2001, safety Adrian Wilson is the only player with 16 sacks and 16 interceptions.
  • Bertrand Berry had two sacks in his last game against Cincinnati while he was with Denver -- Sept. 7, 2003.

Team Rankings

Offense Bengals Cardinals
Total 350.1 (8th) 319.2 (18th)
Passing 263.8 (5th) 228.3 (12th)
Rushing 86.3 (28th) 90.9 (25th)
Scoring 24.3 (9th) 20.9 (14th)
Defense Bengals Cardinals
Total 383.2 (31st) 302.6 (9th)
Passing 248.2 (28th) 202.2 (10th)
Rushing 135.0 (27th) 100.3 (12th)
Scoring 27.9 (30th) 21.7 (t-22nd)
Special Teams Bengals Cardinals
Kickoff Return 23.7 (15th) 23.0 (19th)
Punt Return 5.7 (31st) 11.4 (7th)

No Fantastic Four?

The Bengals have played the Cardinals only once in the past seven years -- a 14-17 loss in Arizona. In that game the Cardinals defense held the Bengals offense to 263 total yards picking off Kitna twice. Marcel Shipp recorded 141 rushing yards on 29 carries.

A note on the last game in Cincinnati. The last time the Cardinals played in Cincinnati was December 3rd, 2000. Corey Dillon ran for 216 yards scoring a touchdown as the team built an early 21-0 lead.

Series History.

Interesting note. The home team is undefeated in this series' history.

Date Result Site
November 2, 2003 L, 14-17 Arizona
December 3, 2000 W, 24-13 Cincinnati
August 31, 1997 W, 24-21 Cincinnati
December 18, 1994 L, 7-28 Arizona
September 4, 1988 W, 21-14 Cincinnati
September 15, 1985 L, 27-41 St. Louis
November 25, 1979 W, 34-28 Cincinnati
November 25, 1973 W, 42-24 Cincinnati