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Game: Carolina Panthers (3-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Series is tied 2-2
Streak: Bengals have won the past two meetings
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 2-0. Rivera: 0-0. 
Broadcast: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Car.), 139 (Cin.). XM: 228 (Cin.).
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Weather: Thunderstorms and 64 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Orange shirts and white pants (12-5 with that combination)
Odds: The Bengals are seven-point favorites [SB Nation]

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • The Bengals are looking to notch their 12th consecutive regular season home win.
  • In his past 11 regular season home games, quarterback Andy Dalton is 11-0 with 2,563 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and a passer rating of 97.7.
  • Bengals are 20-3 (.870) when Dalton posts a passer rating of 90 or better.
  • Dalton (33-19) has the best winning percentage (.634) of any quarterback in franchise history (with a minimum 20 starts).
  • Running back Giovani Bernard is the only player in the NFL with 200-plus yards rushing (247), three rushing touchdowns and 150 yards receiving (158) in 2014.
  • In his last six games at home, Bernard is averaging 99.5 yards from scrimmage per game with three total scores.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green led the team with five receptions for 81 yards receiving and a touchdown last week.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, Green has generated 4,147 yards receiving, which is most in the AFC.
  • In four of his past five home games, Green has recorded a touchdown.
  • Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has a touchdown in two of his past three games, including a 37-yarder against the Patriots.
  • Since 2012, Geno Atkins leads all defensive tackles in the NFL with 18.5 sacks.
  • Defensive end Robert Geathers posted a quarterback sack last week against the Patriots; his first since Nov. 11, 2012.
  • Defensive end Carlos Dunlap has a sack in three of his past four games.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

  • Quarterback Cam Newton has won five of his past eight games against the AFC.
  • Newton threw two touchdown passes last week.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, Newton is the only player with 50-plus passing touchdowns (69) and 20-plus rushing touchdowns (28).
  • Running back Chris Ogbonnaya had a rushing touchdown in his debut last week.
  • In his last meeting against the Bengals, running back DeAngelo Williams averaged 6.4 yards/rush (64 yards on 10 carries).
  • Running back Jonathan Stewart had a rushing touchdown in his last game against the Bengals.
  • Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin leads all rookies with 367 yards receiving.
  • Benjamin is also first among all rookies with three receiving touchdowns.
  • Tight end Greg Olsen posted two receiving touchdowns last week and has four for the season.
  • Rookie PR Philly Brown had a 79 yard punt return for a touchdown last week... the first in his career.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2012, linebacker Luke Kuechly leads the league with 381 tackles.
  • Defensive end Charles Johnson had a sack in his last meeting.
  • Cornerback Charles Godfrey had a 38-yard interception in his last game against the Bengals.
  • In his only game against Cincinnati (Dec. 5, 2010 with the Saints), safety Roman Harper posted nine tackles and a sack.
  • Harper and safety Thomas DeCoud each had an interception last week.
  • Defensive end Mario Addison is third in the NFL with a career-high four quarterback sacks.

TEAM RANKINGS

OFFENSE BENGALS PANTHERS
Total 368.0 (13th) 326.4 (25th)
Scoring 24.2 (13th) 20.8 (t-23rd)
Third Downs 30% (32nd) 42% (16th)
Rushing 111.0 (18th) 74.8 (30th)
Rushing TDs 5 (t-5th) 2 (t-24th)
20-Yard Runs 0 (t-31st) 1 (t-23rd)
Passing 257.0 (11th) 251.6 (12th)
Passing TDs 5 (t-27th) 8 (t-11th)
Sacks Allowed 1 (1st) 12 (t-23rd)
20-yard Passes 14 (t-16th) 18 (t-5th)
DEFENSE BENGALS PANTHERS
Total 390.8 (27th) 368.4 (20th)
Scoring 19.0 (6th) 24.0 (18th)
3rd Downs Allowed 33% (t-4th) 47% (23rd)
Rushing 140.0 (27th) 129.6 (23rd)
Rushing TDs 3 (t-9th) 4 (t-18th)
Passing 250.8 (19th) 238.8 (15th)
Passing TDs 4 (t-1st) 10 (t-26th)
Sacks 8 (t-20th) 12 (t-6th)
QB Rating 67.6 (1st) 94.8 (19th)
Interceptions 6 (t-4th) 5 (t-11th)
SPECIAL TEAMS BENGALS PANTHERS
Kickoff Return 20.9 (23rd) 21.0 (22nd)
Punt Return 20.7 (1st) 12.8 (t-5th)
Punting (Net) 41.4 (12th) 38.5 (18th)
Punts Inside the 20 8 (t-10th) 7 (t-16th)

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