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NFL Week 8 Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3)

Everything you need to know for when the Bengals host the Buccaneers.

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The Bengals have a chance to right the ship as their season heads to some clearer waters. The schedule starts to get a little less treacherous this week as the Buccaneers head for Cincinnati for a Sunday afternoon matchup.

The Bengals really need a solid performance before they head into their bye week following this game. Dropping three straight games prior to a bye isn’t exactly ideal.

Here is everything you need to know for when the Bengals host the Buccaneers:

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3)

Date/Time: Oct. 28th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

Streaming: Fubo TV

Series Leader: Buccaneers lead the all-time series 7-4

Streak: Buccaneers have won six of the last seven

Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: (1-2) vs. Dirk Koetter (0-0)

TV Broadcast: The game will air on FOX-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WXIX-TV (Ch. 19) in Cincinnati, WGRT-TV (Ch. 45) in Dayton, WDKY-TV (Ch. 56) in Lexington, and WTTE-TV (Ch. 28) in Columbus. Broadcasters are Chris Myers (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst) and Laura Okmin (sideline reporter).

Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

SB Nation Bucs site: Bucs Nation

Weather: High 40’s, Overcast [NFL weather]

Odds: Bengals open as, -6 [Odds Shark]

Bengals notes

  • Andy Dalton has seven touchdown passes and one interceptions in his past three games at homes. He has over two touchdown passes in four of his past five against the NFC South. He has over 330 pass yards in each of his past two games against the NFC. Dalton is tied for fifth in the NFL with 15 touchdown passes
  • Joe Mixon has over 80 scrimmage yards in five of his past six. He aims for his third in row at home with a touchdown. He is one of five in the AFC with over 350 rushing yards (386) and 100 receiving yards (100) in 2018.
  • A.J. Green had seven catches for 117 yards in Week 7. He has over 110 receiving yards in two of his past three. He had a touchdown catch in his only career meeting with Buccaneers. In his past four games vs. NFC South, he has 320 receiving yards (80 per game) and three touchdown catches. In his past nine at home, he has 770 receiving yards (85.6 per game) and seven touchdown catches. Since entering league in 2011, Green is one of two players (Antonio Brown) with over 575 catches (596), 8,000 receiving yards (8,824) and 60 touchdown catches (62). Tyler Boyd has three touchdown catches in his past three at home. He aims for his third in a row against the NFC with over 100 receiving yards. C.J. Uzomah had a touchdown catch last week.
  • Carlos Dunlap had a sack last week. He has a sack in four of the past five. He had seven tackles and three tackles for a loss in his last meeting with Buccaneers. He aims for his fourth game in a row against the NFC with sack. Geno Atkins has three sacks and four tackles for a loss in his past four against the NFC. He has at least two sacks in two of his past three at home. He ranks second among NFL defensive tackles with six sacks. Shawn Williams had 12 tackles and interception last week. Rookie Jessie Bates had 12 tackles in Week 7. He aims for his third in a row with at least 10 tackles. He leads the team with 54 tackles.

Buccaneers notes

  • Quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 365 yards and had 55 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown last week. He aims for his third in a row with 350 passing yards. In his past three on the road against the AFC, Winston has 995 pass yards (331.7 per game) with five touchdowns and two interceptions for a 102.2 passer rating. He has 1,032 pass yards (344 per game) with seven touchdowns and two interceptions for a 120.1 passer rating in his past three road starts
  • Running back Ronald Jones had his first-career rushing touchdown in Week 7. Running back Peyton Barber is averaging 65.6 rush yards per game in his past five on the road.
  • Wide receiver Mike Evans led the team with seven receptions for 107 yards last week. He has 371 receiving yards (92.8 per game) and a touchdown catch in his past four on the road. In his past four games against the AFC, Evans has 25 catches for 424 yards (106 per game) and two touchdowns. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson had a rushing touchdown in Week 7, his fourth-career touchdown run. His four rushing touchdowns since entering league in 2008 are the third-most among active wide receivers over that span. In two career road games against the AFC, tight end O.J. Howard has nine catches for 150 yards (75 per game) and three touchdowns. He aims for his third in a row with over 60 receiving yards
  • Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul aims for his sixth in a row with a sack. He ranks fourth in the NFC with six sacks in 2018. He has three sacks and a forced fumble in his past two games against the AFC. Linebacker Lavonte David had eight tackles, two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in Week 7. Since 2014, he leads the NFL with 16 forced fumbles. He aims for his fifth game in a row with a tackle for a loss. Defensive end Carl Nassib had a career-high two sacks last week. He has three sacks in his past thre games against the AFC.