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PRIMER: Cincinnati Bengals (5-3-1) at New Orleans Saints (4-5)

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All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New Orleans Saints. Plus we added something new to our weekly report.

Rob Carr

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (5-3-1) at New Orleans Saints (4-5)
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Series Leader: Series tied at 6-6
Streak: Bengals have won three of the last four games
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-1. Payton: 1-1. 
Broadcast: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Cin.), 85 (NO). XM: 85 (NO)
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Weather: Dome
Uniform: White/White (14-22 in that comb)
Odds: Saints are 6.5 point favorites [SB Nation]

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has a career record of 10-3-1 against the NFC, generating 3,345 yards passing with 27 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 98.3.
  • In his past six games, running back Giovani Bernard is averaging 85 yards from scrimmage with five rushing touchdowns.
  • Bernard is aiming to record a rushing touchdown in his third straight game against an NFC team.
  • Running back Jeremy Hill has 209 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns in his last two games.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green has 460 yards receiving and six touchdowns in his past five games against the NFC.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, Green has generated 4,214 yards receiving -- third-most in the AFC.
  • In his past five games, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has 24 receptions for 414 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
  • Sanu has scored a touchdown in three straight games against NFC teams and is looking to record a fourth this Sunday.
  • Tight end Jermaine Gresham (19) needs a touchdown to become the fourth tight end in franchise history with 20 or more.
  • Since 2012, Geno Atkins has 20 quarterbacks sacks, which ranks second among all defensive tackles.
  • Linebacker Emmanuel Lamur leads the team with 60 tackles, including a team-high 11 against the Cleveland Browns.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

  • In three career meetings against the Cincinnati Bengals, quarterback Drew Brees has a career passer rating of 109.7.
  • In his last home game against the Bengals (2006), Brees passed for a career-high 510 yards.
  • In his past 12 games at home, Brees is 11-1 with 346 completions (71.8 percent completion), 4,102 yards, 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions for a passer rating of 116.
  • Since joining the New Orleans Saints in 2006, Brees leads the NFL with 41,549 yards passing and 301 passing touchdowns.
  • Running back Mark Ingram is looking to record 100 yards rushing in his fourth straight game.
  • In his past three games, Ingram has rushed for 392 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Tight end Jimmy Graham has six touchdowns in his past three games against the AFC -- looking to score two touchdowns for a fourth straight game against the AFC.
  • In his past seven against the AFC, Graham has 10 touchdowns.
  • Since 2011, Graham leads all NFL tight ends with 326 receptions for 4,101 yards receiving and 43 touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Marques Colston posted a touchdown reception in his last meeting against Cincinnati.
  • Wide receiver Brandin Cooks leads all NFC rookies with 48 receptions.
  • In his last game against the Bengals, linebacker Curtis Lofton had two forced fumbles and seven tackles.
  • Linebacker Junior Galette is looking to record a quarterback sack in his fourth straight game against an AFC team.
  • Galette has 12 quarterback sacks in his last 12 home games.
  • Defensive end Cameron Jordan has a sack in three of his past five games against the AFC.
  • Jordan has 11 sacks in his past 11 games at home.

TEAM RANKINGS

OFFENSE BENGALS SAINTS
Total 339.8 (20th) 435.0 (2nd)
Scoring 21.9 (t-18th) 27.9 (6th)
Third Downs 35% (29th) 50% (2nd)
Rushing 117.4 (12th) 130.2 (6th)
Rushing TDs 12 (t-3rd) 12 (t-3rd)
20-Yard Runs 4 (t-19th) 7 (t-7th)
Passing 222.3 (21st) 304.8 (3rd)
Passing TDs 9 (31st) 18 (t-8th)
Sacks Allowed 12 (t-3rd) 14 (t-6th)
20-yard Passes 24 (25th) 29 (t-19th)
DEFENSE BENGALS SAINTS
Total 391.9 (30th) 366.0 (19th)
Scoring 23.4 (18th) 25.0 (22nd)
3rd Downs Allowed 38% (9th) 43% (21st)
Rushing 143.0 (31st) 106.8 (11th)
Rushing TDs 12 (29th) 10 (t-27th)
Passing 248.9 (20th) 259.2 (24th)
Passing TDs 10 (t-1st) 13 (t-6th)
Sacks 13 (t-29th) 21 (t-16th)
QB Rating 76.5 (2nd) 91.4 (16th)
Interceptions 10 (t-7th) 6 (t-21st)
SPECIAL TEAMS BENGALS SAINTS
Kickoff Return 26.7 (5th) 23.4 (t-17th)
Punt Return 11.8 (t-5th) 3.4 (31st)
Punting (Net) 44.3 (1st) 42.6 (3rd)
Punts Inside the 20 18 (t-5th) 10 (t-28th)

BENGALS VS. SAINTS (ALL-TIME)

Date Team Opponent H/A Stadium Result
12/05/2010 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints H Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 34-30
11/19/2006 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints A Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA) W 31-16
12/22/2002 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints H Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 20-13
09/15/1996 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints H Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) W 30-15
01/02/1994 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints A Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA) L 20-13
11/04/1990 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints H Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 21-7
12/20/1987 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints H Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 41-24
12/09/1984 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints A Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA) W 24-21
10/25/1981 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints A Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA) L 17-7
09/24/1978 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints H Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 20-18
09/28/1975 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints A Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA) W 21-0
11/29/1970 Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints H Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 26-6

Points Scored: Cincinnati Bengals 251, New Orleans Saints 224