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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (8-3) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-9)

SERIES

SAINTS

BENGALS

SERIES LEADER

6-5

STREAKS

Past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 0-1

Lewis: 1-0

LAST WEEK

W 30-27 at Cowboys

L 26-10 at Jets

LAST GAME

11/19/06: Bengals 31 at Saints 16.  Cincinnati WR Chad Ochocinco has 190 rec. yards & 3 TDs as Bengals overcome club-record 510 passing yards by New Orleans QB Drew Brees.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/22/02: Bengals 20, Saints 13. Cincinnati RB Nick Luchey runs for 2 4th-quarter TDs as Bengals rally to defeat New Orleans.

BROADCAST

FOX (1:00 PM ET): Ron Pitts, John Lynch.  SIRIUS: 113 (NO), 147 (Cin.).  XM: 109 (Cin.). 

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 313-456-3,321 (1C)-23 (T1L)-15-92.7

C. Palmer: 257-432-2,760-19-15-78.5

RUSHING

Ivory (R): 108-519-4.8-3

Benson: 218-788-3.6-4

RECEIVING

Colston: 68 (3L)-810 (3C)-11.9-4

Owens: 65 (T2C)-914 (3L)-14.1-8

OFFENSE

385.2 (3C)

329.5

TAKE/GIVE

-3

-4

DEFENSE

306.7 (3C)

339.3

SACKS

Ellis: 4

Dunlap (R): 3

INTs

Greer: 2

Hall: 4

PUNTING

Morstead: 47.5 (2C)

Huber: 42.5

KICKING

Hartley: 65 (26/26 PAT; 13/18 FG)

Stitser (Sea. Pre.): 6 (3/3 PAT; 1/1 FG)

 

NOTES

SAINTS Aim for 5th consecutive win...In last game vs. Cin., QB DREW BREES passed for career-high 510 yards.  Has won 9 of past 10 vs. AFC (incl. SB).  Aims for 3rd in row with 350+ yards...Rookie RB CHRISTOPHER IVORY rushed for 2 TDs last week & has 3 TDs in past 2.  In last meeting, RB REGGIE BUSH had 109 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 58 rec.) & 8 receptions.  RB PIERRE THOMAS has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in past 6 vs. AFC (incl. SB)...WR MARQUES COLSTON has 14 catches for 218 yards (109 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2.  Has 4+ catches in all 11 games in 2010.  Aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with rec. TD.   WR LANCE MOORE had TD catch last week.  In past 2, WR ROBERT MEACHEM has 2 TDs & averages 26.3 yards per catch.  Rookie TE JIMMY GRAHAM aims for 4th in row with 3+ catches...DE WILL SMITH has 6.5 sacks in past 7 vs. AFC.  Had sack in last game vs. Cin.  Last week had sack, INT & FF.  S MALCOLM JENKINS had FF & FR in Week 12.  CB TRACY PORTER had 2 FRs last week.  In past 2 vs. AFC (incl. SB), has 2 INT-TDs (74 & 54 yards)...

BENGALS In only career meeting vs. NO, QB CARSON PALMER completed 14 of 22 passes (63.6 pct.) for 275 yards w/ 3 TDs vs. 1 INT & 127.8 passer rating.  Palmer (147) needs 3 TD passes to join KEN ANDERSON (197) & BOOMER ESIASON (187) as only players in Bengals history to reach 150 TD passes...RB CEDRIC BENSON is averaging 93.8 rush yards per game at home in '10 (469 total)...WR TERRELL OWENS (914) needs 86 rec. yards to join Pro Football HOFer WR JERRY RICE (14) &WR RANDY MOSS (10) as only players ever w/ at least 10 1,000-yard seasons.  Owens has 12 TD catches vs. NO, tied for most vs. any opponent (Atl.).  WR CHAD OCHOCINCOhas 10 rec. for 237 yards w/ 3 TDs in 2 games vs. Saints...Rookie TE JERMAINE GRESHAM (1st round, No. 21) leads AFC rookies w/ 44 rec...LB REY MAUALUGA posted 1st career INT last week...Rookie DE CARLOS DUNLAP (2nd round, No. 54) had career-high 2 sacks vs. NYJ & has 3 sacks in past 3 games.