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

Rob Carr

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) at Baltimore Ravens (0-0)
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: M&T Bank Stadium
Series Leader: Ravens, 20-16
Streak: Ravens have won five of the past seven meetings
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 12-10. Harbaugh: 7-5
Broadcast:  CBS (1:15 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Steve Tasker. Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 112 (Cin.), 92 (Bal.). XM: 226 (Bal.). 
SB NationBaltimore Beatdown
NFL.comGame Center
Weather: Chance of rain and 76 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Black shirts and white pants

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Andy Dalton is the first quarterback in franchise history to lead his team to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons.
  • Dalton's winning percentage (.625), is the highest winning percentage of any quarterback in franchise history (minimum 20 starts).
  • In 2013, Dalton set a franchise record for yards passing (4,293) and passing touchdowns (33).
  • Dalton is one of three players in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons (Peyton Manning, Cam Newton).
  • In 2013, running back Giovani Bernard had 1,209 yards from scrimmage -- third-most among NFL rookies.
  • Bernard's 56 receptions in 2013 is the most ever by a Bengals running back.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green aims to record a touchdown in his third straight game against the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Since joining the NFL, Green has 260 receptions -- most of any player in the first three seasons of an NFL career.
  • In his first three seasons, Green has generated 3,833 yards receiving -- second-most in a player's first three seasons in NFL history (Randy Moss, 4,163).
  • The Bengals defense finished with four pick-sixes last season -- tied for third in the NFL.
  • Since 2012, defensive tackle Geno Atkins leads all defensive tackles in the NFL with 18.5 quarterback sacks.
  • Atkins has posted three sacks in his past four games against the Ravens.
  • In his last meeting, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick recorded a career-high two interceptions, including a 21-yard interception returned for a touchdown.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Quarterback Joe Flacco has a 11-0 record at home during the month of September -- tied with Jay Schroeder for best among Super Bowl-era quarterbacks (minimum 10 attempts per start).
  • Since joining the NFL, Flacco has a .646 winning percentage (62-34). Against the AFC North, he's 24-12.
  • Flacco's 62 regular season wins are the most for any quarterback in his first six seasons since, at least, 1970.
  • Running back Bernard Pierce posted a career-high 152 attempts for 436 yards rushing... he also posted career-highs in receptions (20) and yards receiving (104).
  • Wide receiver Torrey Smith had 1,128 yards receiving in 2013 -- second-most in franchise history for a single-season (Michael Jackson, 1,201 in 1996).
  • Wide receiver Steve Smith completes a 13-year career in Carolina as the franchise's all-time leader in catches (836), yards receiving (12,197) and total touchdowns (75). Smith makes his debut with the Ravens on Sunday.
  • Linebacker Terrell Suggs (94.5) is the Baltimore Ravens all-time sack leader -- has five seasons with 10 sacks or more (most in franchise history).
  • In 2013, linebacker Daryl Smith was one of three players in the NFL with five-plus sacks and three interceptions.
  • Since 2012, kick returner Jacoby Jones has four kick returns for a touchdown (three on kickoff, one punt return), tied for most in the NFL.

TEAM RANKINGS (2013)

OFFENSE BENGALS RAVENS
Total 368.2 (10th) 307.4 (29th)
Scoring 26.9 (t-6th) 20.0 (25th)
Third Downs 41% (10th) 36% (t-20th)
Rushing 109.7 (18th) 83.0 (30th)
Rushing TDs 14 (t-13th) 7 (t-28th)
20-Yard Runs 5 (t-30th) 5 (t-30th)
Passing 258.5 (8th) 224.4 (18th)
Passing TDs 33 (t-3rd) 19 (t-25th)
Sacks Allowed 29 (3rd) 48 (t-28th)
20-yard Passes 57 (8th) 45 (t-24th)
DEFENSE BENGALS RAVENS
Total 305.5 (3rd) 335.5 (12th)
Scoring 19.1 (t-5th) 22.0 (12th)
3rd Downs Allowed 33% (2nd) 34% (3rd)
Rushing 96.5 (5th) 105.4 (11th)
Rushing TDs 6 (4th) 7 (5th)
Passing 209.0 (5th) 230.1 (12th)
Passing TDs 22 (11th) 25 (t-14th)
Sacks 43 (10th) 40 (t-16th)
QB Rating 74.2 (2nd) 82.2 (11th)
Interceptions 20 (t-5th) 16 (t-15th)
SPECIAL TEAMS BENGALS RAVENS
Kickoff Return 25.1 (5th) 26.4 (2nd)
Punt Return 9.0 (t-15th) 14.2 (t-2nd)
Punting (Net) 39.9 (t-14th) 38.9 (22nd)
Punts Inside the 20 27 (t-13th) 27 (t-13th)