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PRIMER: Atlanta Falcons (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)

All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons. Someone will leave with a blemish on their record... the other will stay perfect.

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Game: Atlanta Falcons (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Bengals are 7-5 against the Falcons
Streak: Falcons have won three straight.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 0-2. Smith: 2-0 
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 138 (Atl.), 84 (Cin.). XM: 234 (Cin.).
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Weather: Sunny and 64 degrees at kickoff [Weather Underground]
Uniform: White shirts and white pants
Odds: The Bengals are a five-point favorite [SB Nation]


  • Cincinnati is looking to record their 10th straight regular season win at home.
  • In his past three games against the NFC, quarterback Andy Dalton has completed 71 of 100 passes for 970 yards passing with nine touchdowns and one pick -- passer rating of 127.5.
  • Dalton has the highest winning percentage (31-18, .633) of any quarterback in franchise history (with a minimum of 20 starts).
  • In his past four games at home, running back Giovani Bernard is averaging 93.5 scrimmage yards per game.
  • Bernard posted 110 yards from scrimmage last week (48 yards rushing, 62 yards receiving).
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green posted 131 yards receiving last week, including a game-winning 77-yard reception in the fourth quarter.
  • In his past five games against the NFC, Green has 32 receptions for 517 yards receiving and seven touchdowns... he's looking to record a touchdown in his sixth straight game against the NFC.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, Green leads the AFC with 3,964 yards receiving.
  • Tight end Jermaine Gresham (19) needs a touchdown reception to become the fourth tight end in franchise history with over 20 in their career.
  • Since 2012, Geno Atkins leads all NFL defensive tackles with 18.5 sacks.
  • Defensive end Wallace Gilberry has five quarterback sacks in his past seven games, including 1.5 against the Ravens last week.
  • Linebacker Emmanuel Lamur recorded his first interception last week.
  • Cornerback Leon Hall had an interception in his last meeting against the Atlanta Falcons.


  • Quarterback Matt Ryan passed for a franchise-record 448 yards last week, with three touchdowns and a passer rating of 128.8.
  • Ryan set a franchise history last week with career passing touchdowns (156).
  • Ryan recorded his 24th game-winning drive in the fourth quarter (or overtime), which is the most in the NFL since entering the league in 2008.
  • In his only start against the Bengals, Ryan completed 24 of 33 passes for 299 yards passing, three touchdowns and a pick for a passer rating of 118.1.
  • Running back Steven Jackson generated 143 yards from scrimmage in his last game against the Bengals (Dec. 18, 2011).
  • Jackson leads the NFL with 10,733 yards rushing since 2004.
  • Running back Antone Smith had a career-long 54-yard touchdown reception last week.
  • Running back Jacquizz Rodgers scored on a 17-yard touchdown last week.
  • Wide receiver Roddy White had 11 receptions for 201 yards receiving and two touchdowns in his last meeting against the Bengals.
  • Since 2007, White ranks third in the NFL with 631 receptions and fourth with 8,556 yards receiving.
  • In his past five games, wide receiver Julio Jones has 41 receptions and 620 yards receiving (124 per game).
  • Wide receiver Devin Hester set career-highs in receptions (8) and yards receiving (101) during an Oct. 25, 2009 game against the Bengals.
  • Since 2010, safety William Moore is the only safety in the NFL with three-plus sacks and 14-plus interceptions.
  • Cornerback Robert McClain recorded an interception last week.


Total 380.0 (15th) 568.0 (1st)
Scoring 23 (14th) 37 (1st)
Third Downs 29% (24th) 54% (5th)
Rushing 79.0 (24th) 123.0 (14th)
Rushing TDs 0 (t-22nd) 1 (t-6th)
20-Yard Runs 0 (t-13th) 0 (t-13th)
Passing 301.0 (8th) 445 (1st)
Passing TDs 1 (t-17th) 3 (t-1st)
Sacks Allowed 0 (t-1st) 1 (t-4th)
20-yard Passes 4 (t-7th) 9 (1st)
Total 420.0 (t-27th) 472.0 (t-30th)
Scoring 16 (t-7th) 34 (t-27th)
3rd Downs Allowed 47% (22nd) 62% (31st)
Rushing 91.0 (13th) 139.0 (24th)
Rushing TDs 1 (t-12th) 3 (32nd)
Passing 329.0 (26th) 333.0 (27th)
Passing TDs 1 (t-3rd) 1 (t-3rd)
Sacks 3 (t-7th) 0 (t-30th)
QB Rating 71.0 (6th) 90.7 (15th)
Interceptions 1 (t-17th) 1 (t-17th)
Kickoff Return -- 21.0 (t-17th)
Punt Return 45.0 (1st) 1.0 (t-24th)
Punting (Net) 37.3 (22nd) 45.7 (4th)
Punts Inside the 20 3 (t-3rd) 0 (t-27th)