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Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) at New England Patriots (0-0)
Series Leader: Patriots, 13-8
Streak: Patriots have won six of their past seven against the Bengals; including a three-game winning streak.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 0-3. Belichick: 12-3
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 123 (Cin.), 127 (NE).  XM: 104 (NE). 
SB Nation: Pats Pulpit
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Weather: Showers (40%) with a high of 72 and light winds [Weather.com]
Uniform: Black

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • The Bengals look to win in consecutive games on kickoff weekend against the Patriots (beat New England on September 9, 2001).
  • Carson Palmer recorded his fourth season with 3,000 yards passing and 20 touchdowns or more in 2009.
  • Cedric Benson recorded a 97.7-yard rushing average per game in September of 2009.
  • In 2009, Benson's 1,251 yards rushing was a career-high and his six touchdowns rushing tied a career-high.
  • When Benson records 100 yards rushing or more, the Bengals are an undefeated 9-0.
  • Chad Ochocinco needs 48 yards receiving to give him 10,000 yards receiving for his career.
  • Terrell Owens's 14,951 yards receiving and 144 receiving touchdowns ranks third all-time. His 1,006 career receptions ranks sixth in NFL history.
  • Bengals defense ranked third in the AFC and fourth in the NFL last year, averaging 301.4 yards allowed per game.
  • Linebacker Dhani Jones led the Bengals in tackles last season for the second straight season.
  • Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph each recorded six interceptions; only AFC teammates with six picks each.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • The Patriots are 6-0 during Kickoff Weekend at Gillette Stadium.
  • Bill Belichick is tied for second-most wins during kickoff weekend with nine wins (Mike Shanahan 12, Tom Coughlin 9, Jeff Fisher 9).
  • Belichick is 4-1 against the Bengals while head coach with the Patriots.
  • Tom Brady is 3-0 against the Bengals, completed 58 of 84 passes for 679 yards passing and seven touchdowns for a 111.2 career passer rating against Cincinnati.
  • Since 2007, Brady is 5-0 in September at home with 10 touchdowns and a 110.0 passer rating.
  • In his only meeting against the Bengals, running back Laurence Maroney recorded 125 yards rushing on 15 attempts with two touchdowns on October 1, 2006.
  • In eight career games, running back Fred Taylor has four 100-yard rushing games.

CAREER AGAINST THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp. Att. COMP% Yards TDs Int QB Rate
10.1.2007 L, 13-34 21 35 60% 234 1 2 65.7
10.1.2006 L, 13-38 20 35 57.1% 245 0 0 78.9
12.12.2004 L, 28-35 18 24 75% 202 2 1 110.1

Chad Ochocinco

Date Result Rec Yards TDs
10.1.2007 L, 13-34 3 53 0
10.1.2006 L, 13-38 6 64 0
12.12.2004 L, 28-35 5 80 1

Terrell Owens

Date Result Rec Yards TDs
12.20.2009 L, 10-17 2 20 0
9.14.2009 L, 24-25 2 46 0
10.14.2007 L, 27-48 6 66 1
12.20.1998 L, 21-24 3 61 1
2.6.2005 (Super Bowl) L, 21-24 9 122 0

Cedric Benson

Date Result Rushes Yards TDs
11.26.2006 L, 13-17 10 46 1