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Game: Houston Texans (2-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)
Series Leader: Cincinnati Bengals: 3-1
Streak: Texans won last game
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 2-1. Kubiak: 1-0
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Don Criqui, Randy Cross.  SIRIUS: 154 (Hou.), 121 (Cin.).  XM: 107 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Battle Red Blog
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Sunny with a high of 54 degrees [Weather.com]
Uniform: Orange
Television Coverage: If the Bengals sellout, then southwest Ohio and parts of Northern Kentucky and most of the state of Texas and parts of the surrounding states. [506] Note: If the Bengals aren't shown locally because of the blackout, then the most likely game that replaces it is the Ravens at Vikings (not a bad replacement).

Quick Notes:

Last time both teams met: October 26, 2008. Bengals 6 at Texans 35. Houston WR Andre Johnson has 11 catches for 143 yards and WR Kevin Walter catches 2 TDs (7, 39) as Texans win 3rd straight game.

Last game between teams in Cincinnati: October 2, 2005. Bengals 16, Texans 10. Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer passes for 276 yards and a TD.  Shayne Graham kicks 3 FGs and RB Rudi Johnson adds 88 rushing yards.

Final note before we go into a bunch more notes: The Houston Texans were the first of two teams to lose to Cincinnati during the epic 2-14 season in 2002.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Dating back to December 14, 2008, the Bengals have won seven of their past eight games .
  • Cincinnati looks to go 5-1 for the first since 2005.
  • When playing the Texans at home, Cincinnati is 2-0.
  • In the last two minutes of the past three games, Carson Palmer has completed 16 of 28 passes for 153 yards passing, two game-winning touchdowns and a passer rating of 96.3.
  • With 254 yards passing, Palmer will reach 17,000 career yards passing.
  • Dating back to December 21, 2008, Cedric Benson leads the NFL with 769 yards rushing on 147 carries (4.4 yards-per-rush).
  • Benson is averaging 97.7 yards rushing in games that he's recorded 20 carries or more -- his teams are 9-1-1.
  • Since 2002, Chad Ochocinco ranks second in the NFL with 8,928 yards receiving -- second to Torry Holt's 9,180.
  • Andre Caldwell has two game-winning touchdowns this season.
  • Antwan Odom needs .5 sacks to surpass his career high eight in 2007.
  • If Johnathan Joseph records an interception Sunday, it'll be his fourth interception in four straight games. He'll be the first to achieve that since Deltha O'Neal had four in a row in 2005.

Houston Texans

  • Texans aim for second consecutive wins over the Bengals.
  • In his past four games, quarterback Matt Schaub has passed for 300 yards or more three times with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions for a 107.4 passer rating.
  • The last time Schaub faced the Bengals, he completed 24 of 28 passes for 280 yards passing, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 144.0.
  • When Schaub records a passer rating of 100 or better, his club is 8-3.
  • Running back Chris Brown recorded his first rushing touchdown of the year last week.
  • Andre Johnson looks to record 100 yards receiving in three straight games on the road (149, 101).
  • Kevin Walter spend three seasons with Cincinnati (2003-2005).
  • Tight End Owen Daniels recorded season highs with eight receptions and 94 yards receiving.
  • The last time Mario Williams played the Bengals, he recorded a sack and forced fumble.
  • Rookie linebacker Brian Cushing leads the team with 39 tackles; second among NFL rookies.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Texans
Total 335.4 (18th) 349.0 (11th)
Scoring 20.2 (t-20th) 23.0 (12th)
Passing 208.8 (20th) 273.6 (5th)
Passing TDs 7 (t-12th) 10 (t-2nd)
Rushing 126.6 (9th) 75.4 (30th)
Rushing TDs 4 (t-12th) 2 (t-24th)
     
Defense Bengals Texans
Total 327.6 (17th) 363.0 (t-23rd)
Scoring 18.0 (t-9th) 24.0 (22nd)
Passing 228.8 (23rd) 222.2 (16th)
Passing TDs 5 (t-8th) 5 (t-8th)
Rushing 98.8 (12th) 140.8 (26th)
Rushing TDs 3 (t-9th) 9 (32nd)
Sacks 14 (t-4th) 6 (t-27th)
QB Rating 82.0 (12th) 83.7 (16th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 20 (32nd) 14 (t-17th)
Interceptions 4 (t-9th) 2 (t-25th)
     
Special Teams Bengals Texans
Kickoff Return 21.1 (24th) 25.7 (5th)
Punt Return 13.1 (4th) 12.5 (t-6th)
Punting (Net) 36.4 (28th) 39.3 (t-14th)
Punts Inside the 20 11 (t-4th) 7 (t-15th)

2009 STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Carson Palmer Stat Ranking
Quarterback Rating 76.9 24th
Yards Passing 1,116 12th
Touchdowns 7 t-9th
First Downs 56 10th
Average Yards/Att 6.6 21st
Completions 97 12th
Interceptions 6 t-32nd
Times Sacked 10 t-22nd
     
Cedric Benson Stat Ranking
Yards Rushing 487 1st
Attempts / Game 22.2 t-1st
Touchdowns 3 t-7th
First Downs 20 t-3rd
     
Chad Ochocinco Stat Ranking
Receptions 24 t-17th
Yards Receiving 352 10th
20-yard receptions 7 t-2nd
First Downs 19 t-7th
     
  Sacks Ranking
Antwan Odom 8.0 t-1st
     

CAREER AGAINST HOUSTON

Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp Att Yards TDs INTs
10.2.2005 W, 16-10 25 34 276 1 0

Chad Johnson

Date Rec Yards TDs
10.26.2008 5 44 0
10.2.2005 7 67 0
11.9.2003 9 89 0
11.3.2002 3 41 1
  19 197 1

Cedric Benson

Date Rec Yards TDs
10.26.2008 13 49 0