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All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens.

Patrick Smith

Game: Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-2-1)
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Ravens, 20-17
Streak: Bengals have won three of the past four.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 13-10. Harbaugh: 7-6. 
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Bal.), 92 (Cin.). XM: 226 (Cin.).  
SB NationBaltimore Beatdown
NFL.comGame Center
Weather: Clear and 57 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Black shirts and black pants (12-9-1 in that combination)
Odds: 0-1 point favorites [SB Nation]

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • The Bengals are 11-0-1 in their last 12 home games.
  • In his past 12 games at home, Andy Dalton has passed for 2,886 yards and 24 touchdowns for a passer rating of 97.2.
  • Dalton's winning percentage of .620 (33-20-1) is the highest winning percentage of any quarterback in franchise history (with a minimum 20 starts).
  • In three home starts, Giovani Bernard has 380 yards from scrimmage (274 rushing, 106 receiving, 126.7 yards per game) and four rushing touchdowns.
  • In his last meeting against the Baltimore Ravens, Bernard posted 110 yards from scrimmage (48 rushing, 62 receiving).
  • Bernard is the only NFL player with (at least) 400 yards rushing (401), four rushing touchdowns (4), and 175 yards receiving (177) this season.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green posted 131 yards receiving in his last meeting against the Ravens, including a 77-yard game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
  • Since entering the NFL in '11, Green has generated 4,147 yards receiving... most in the AFC.
  • Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has caught a touchdown pass in two of his past three games.
  • Since '12, Geno Atkins ranks second among all NFL defensive tackles with 18.5 sacks.
  • Defensive tackle Domata Peko posted his first quarterback sack of the season last week.
  • Defensive end Wallace Gilberry recorded 1.5 sacks in his last meeting against the Ravens.
  • In seven career games against the Ravens, Carlos Dunlap has six quarterback sacks.
  • Safety Reggie Nelson leads the team with 43 tackles.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown seven touchdown passes in his past two games.
  • In three road games this season, Flacco has generated 758 yards passing with six touchdowns and two interceptions.
  • In his last meeting against the Bengals, Flacco passed for 345 yards.
  • Running back Justin Forsett leads all NFL running backs with a 5.8 yard/rush average (87 attempts, 503 yards).
  • In his past two games, Forsett has 206 yards rushing (103 per game).
  • Running back Bernard Pierce is looking to generate a touchdown in his third consecutive game.
  • In four meetings against the Bengals, wide receiver Steve Smith has 23 receptions for 410 yards (17.8 avg) and two touchdowns -- including three 100-yard games.
  • Smith is one of four players with three-plus 50-yard or more touchdowns in a season at age 35 or older.
  • Wide receiver Torrey Smith led the team with a season-high 81 yards receiving last week, including a 39-yard touchdown. Has four touchdowns in his last four games.
  • Tight end Owen Daniels (4,892) needs 108 yards receiving to reach 5,000 for his career.
  • Linebacker C.J. Mosley leads the team with 60 tackles, most among all NFL rookies.
  • Since entering the league in 2003, linebacker Terrell Suggs ranks second in the AFC with 97 quarterback sacks.
  • Suggs needs three sacks to become the first player in franchise history with 100 or more sacks in a career.
  • Linebacker Elvis Dumervil has five sacks in his past four games, including two last week.
  • Linebacker Pernell McPhee has four sacks in his last three games, including two last week.

TEAM RANKINGS

OFFENSE BENGALS RAVENS
Total 353.3 (16th) 387.1 (7th)
Scoring 22.3 (19th) 27.6 (6th)
Third Downs 33% (30th) 44% (10th)
Rushing 111.5 (16th) 131.4 (7th)
Rushing TDs 7 (t-2nd) 7 (t-2nd)
20-Yard Runs 2 (t-23rd) 10 (1st)
Passing 241.8 (16th) 255.7 (9th)
Passing TDs 7 (t-29th) 14 (t-5th)
Sacks Allowed 6 (t-2nd) 8 (t-5th)
20-yard Passes 19 (21st) 24 (t-9th)
DEFENSE BENGALS RAVENS
Total 416.7 (31st) 345.9 (16th)
Scoring 23.3 (18th) 14.9 (1st)
3rd Downs Allowed 37% (7th) 40% (14th)
Rushing 146.3 (30th) 87.4 (7th)
Rushing TDs 6 (t-20th) 3 (t-5th)
Passing 270.3 (27th) 258.4 (25th)
Passing TDs 8 (t-3rd) 7 (t-1st)
Sacks 10 (t-23rd) 15 (t-16th)
QB Rating 76.9 (3rd) 86.8 (11th)
Interceptions 7 (t-8th) 4 (t-18th)
SPECIAL TEAMS BENGALS RAVENS
Kickoff Return 28.1 (4th) 29.7 (2nd)
Punt Return 14.4 (2nd) 8.2 (14th)
Punting (Net) 43.8 (3rd) 41.4 (9th)
Punts Inside the 20 11 (t-14th) 10 (t-17th)