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Primer: Bengals @ Giants

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) @ New York Giants (2-0)
Series Leader
: Bengals, 5-2
Streak: Giants, two of the past three
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-0. Coughlin: 10-6
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 91 (Cin.), 125 (NYG.). Direct TV: 706. Direct TV HD: 706
SB Nation: Big Blue View Game Center
Weather: High of 77, mostly sunny.
Uniform: White
Site: We plan on being here.


  • The Bengals are 29-4 with a positive turnover differential under Marvin Lewis.
  • In 14 games against the NFC, Carson Palmer is 9-5 with 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions (a 92.1 passer rating).
  • Last Sunday, Chris Perry registered a career high 21 rush attempts and his first career rushing touchdown.
  • In the past four games against NFC teams, Kenny Watson averages 5.1 yards per game.
  • In his past four games against NFC teams, T.J. Houshmandzadeh is averaging 85.5 yards receiving per game and 8.25 receptions.
  • In his last game against the New York Giants, Chad Johnson recorded two receiving touchdowns.
  • In his past five games against NFC teams, Johnson is averaging 120.8 yards per game.
  • Dhani Jones, Bengals leading tackler (20), spent four seasons with the Giants (2000-2003).
  • Glenn Holt's 30-yards-per-return on kickoffs ranks fifth in the NFL.


  • Including the playoffs, the Giants are on a six-game winning streak.
  • If they beat the Bengals, the Giants will start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2000 (when the Giants finished 12-4, won the division and made it to the Super Bowl).
  • In his last 20 starts, Eli Manning is 16-4; including four of the past five starts against AFC teams.
  • Brandon Jacobs has 100 yards rushing in three of the past four games against the AFC -- Giants are 5-1 when he rushes for 100 yards or more.
  • Plaxico Burress has three 100-yard games against the Bengals; his teams are 8-2 against Cincinnati. In his past eight games against AFC teams, Burress has 33 receptions for 702 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.
  • In 11 games against the AFC, Amani Toomer has 74 receptions, 1,158 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.
  • With four yards, Toomer will be the first Giants receiver to record 9,000 career-yards receiving.
  Bengals Giants
Offense 184.5 (31st) 397.5 (4th)
Passing 105.5 (32nd) 220.5 (12th)
Rushing 79.0 (23rd) 177.0 (5th)
3rd Downs Convert. 19% (30th) 48% (7th)
TOP 25:36 (32nd) 33:42 (3rd)
1st Downs 9.5 (32nd) 23.0 (4th)
  Bengals Giants
Defense 326.5 (21st) 205.0 (3rd)
Passing D 123.5 (3rd) 123.5 (5th)
Rushing D 203.0 (30th) 76.0 (5th)
Special Teams Bengals Giants
Kickoff Returns 30.0 (3rd) 18.7 (24th)
Punt Returns 8.8 (19th) 12.1 (9th)

Head-to-head history -- Homefield Advantage.

Date Location Result
December 26, 2004 Cincinnati W, 23-22
October 26, 1997 New York L, 27-29
December 11, 1994 New York L, 20-27
December 1, 1991 Cincinnati W, 27-24
October 13, 1985 Cincinnati W, 35-30
November 27, 1977 Cincinnati W, 30-13
December 3, 1972 Cincinnati W, 13-10

Game scheduled for October 17, 1982 was canceled due to the player's strike.

Of the active players, only the most recent (December 26, 2004) was played.