NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-7) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (10-5)
December 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-7) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (10-5)
RAVENS: Aim to reach postseason for 6th straight season…Have won 4 of past 5…QB JOE FLACCO (3,720) needs 280 passing yards to join VINNY TESTAVERDE (4,177 in 1996) as only players in franchise history to reach 4,000 in season. Has 24-11 career record vs. AFC North…RB RAY RICE has 7 rush TDs in past 6 games vs. Bengals. Ravens are 14-4 (.778) when Rice has 100+ rush yards…WR TORREY SMITH (1,101) has reached 1,000 rec. yards in season for 1st time in career. Needs 101 yards for most in season in Raven annals (MICHAEL JACKSON, 1,201 in 1996)…TE DENNIS PITTA has 2 TD catches in past 3 vs. Cin…LB TERRELL SUGGS (10) has reached 10+ sacks for 5th time. LB DARYL SMITH is 1 of 3 players in AFC with at least 5 sacks & 3 INTs in 2013…S JAMES IHEDIGBO had career-best 2 INTs in last game vs. Bengals…Since 2012, KR JACOBY JONES has 4 kick-return TDs (3 KR, 1 PR), tied for most in NFL…K JUSTIN TUCKER has made 33 of last 34 FGs…
BENGALS: Clinched 1st AFC North title since 2009…Club aims for 8-0 record at home this season…Last week, Bengals became 3rd team in NFL history to score 40+ points in 4 straight home games in season (1952 Lions, 2000 Rams)…QB ANDY DALTON (4,015 passing yards, 31 TD passes) needs 117 passing yards & 2 TD passes for most in season in team history. In past 4 in December, Dalton has 10 TDs vs. 1 INT & 108.1 rating. Cin. is 15-1 (.938) when Dalton has 100+ rating…Rookie RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 18-yard TD catch in last game vs. Bal. Since 2010, RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS has 37 rush TDs, 4th-most in NFL…WR A.J. GREEN (3,772) needs 15 rec. yards to surpass TORRY HOLT (3,786) for 2nd-most rec. yards in 1st 3 seasons of career. Needs 6 rec. to become 3rd Bengal to reach 100 in season. Had 8 rec. for 151 yards, incl. 51-yard TD catch in last game against Bal…Defense allows 19.2 points per game, 2nd-fewest in AFC…LB VONTAZE BURFICT leads team with 157 tackles. Had career-best 2 sacks last week. LB VINCENT REY had 25-yard INT-return TD vs. Min. last week.