Raiders at Bengals preview

The Oakland Raiders have been relegated to playing the role of spoiler this week. They can knock the Cincinnati Bengals down a peg and gain some momentum heading into 2007 with a win.


STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Shell: 4-2 Lewis: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 23-14 vs. Texans W 13-7 at Ravens
LAST GAME 9/14/03: Bengals 20 at Raiders 23. Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski kicks 39-yard FG with 9 seconds remaining.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/5/95: Raiders 20, Bengals 17. Oakland RB Harvey Williams runs for 134 yards & 1 TD. Raiders amass 184 rushing yards for game.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 155 (Oak.), 144 (Cin.).


PASSING Brooks: 61-108-672-2-5-62.0 Palmer: 249-386-3,102 (2C)-22 (T1L)-8-99.7 (3L)
RUSHING Fargas: 117-410-3.5-1 R. Johnson: 246-937-3.8-8
RECEIVING Moss: 40-525-13.1-3 C. Johnson: 72 (3L)-1,146 (1L)-15.9-7
OFFENSE 245.0 342.3
TAKE/GIVE -13 +9 (3C)
DEFENSE 275.8 357.9
SACKS Burgess: 10.0 Geathers: 8.5
INTs Asomugha: 5 Kaesviharn: 6 (T3L)
PUNTING Lechler: 48.0 (1C) Larson: 44.0
KICKING Janikowski: 54 (15/15 PAT; 13/19 FG) Graham: 92 (2C) (32/33 PAT; 20/24 FG)


Club has lost three of the past four games by one-possession scores.

In nine career December road starts, quarterback Aaron Brooks has thrown at least one touchdown in all nine games with interceptions in only two. Brooks' teams are 8-5 (.615) on road when he completes 60.0+ percent.

Running back Justin Fargas averages 4.5 yards/carry in career in Dec. (33 rushes). Running back Zack Crockett is 4-of-5 (80.0 pct.) in 3rd-and-1 rush attempts. Running back ReShard Lee notched career-highs in rush (42) and receiving (57) yards last week.

In one career game versus Cincinnati (11/15/98 with Min), wide receiver Randy Moss had four catches for 99 yards and one touchdown (61-yd touchdown). In past two December games, wide receiver Ronald Curry has 12 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns and leads team with 15 third down catches.

Defense has not allowed more than 17 points in six of past eight. Defensive end Derrick Burgess (10.0) is 1st Raider with consecutive 10+ sack seasons since Lance Johnstone (1998-99) and is tied for 5th among NFL sack leaders. Defensive tackle Warren Sapp has 5.0 sacks in past seven games.


Team has won three in row.

Quarterback Carson Palmer has passed for three touchdowns in three of past four and has passer rating of at least 94.0 in eight of past ten. Palmer (22) tied for NFL touchdown pass lead (Peyton Manning, Ind).

Team is 16-0 when Running back Rudi Johnson posts 25+ rushes. Running back Johnson has 16 100-yd rush games and needs one more to tie James Brooks (17) for 2nd most in team history (Corey Dillon, 28).

Wide receiver Chad Johnson (1,146) leads NFL in receiving yards and aims to be 1st Bengal to lead NFL in category. Johnson (20) needs one 100-yd game to surpass Isaac Curtis (20) for most in team annals. Johnson and Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh each have seven touchdown catches. Houshmandzadeh (23) tied for 2nd most 3rd down catches in league.

Defense has allowed one touchdown in past eight quarters. Defensive ends Robert Geathers (8.5) and Justin Smith (7.0) aim to become 1st Bengal duo with 10+ sacks each since 1981 when team advanced to SB XVI (Reggie Williams 11, Eddie Edwards 10). Geathers 1.5 sacks shy of being 1st Bengal with 10 since Alfred Williams (10) in 1992. Safety Kevin Kaesviharn leads team with six interceptions, tied for 3rd in NFL.

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