Bengals Team Report

Inside slant, notes, and quotes from the Bengals following the game with the Colts.

   The Bengals control their own destiny toward what would be 
their first division title and playoff berth since 1990. The
Bengals, thanks to Baltimore's overtime upset of Pittsburgh 
on Sunday, are still tied for the lead in the AFC North with
the Steelers. Both teams are 7-3.
   The Bengals will play Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh in the season's
biggest game, if they take care of business Sunday and defeat
the Ravens in a division game at Paul Brown Stadium.
   Coach Marvin Lewis, as he has done all season, has his
team looking no further ahead than the next game. And it
didn't take the Ravens' upset victory to force the Bengals to
take them seriously.
   "I think they would have had our attention no matter what;
it didn't really matter," Lewis said of the Ravens. "They are
the next team on the schedule. They're a division team. 
They're a good team. They don't have as good a record as we
would expect them to have right now, but they're going to 
come in here physically ready to play."
   If both the Steelers and Bengals win in Week 12, they will
be 8-3 when they meet at Heinz Field. The Bengals would have 
to win that game to even the season series with the Steelers.
Pittsburgh soundly defeated the Bengals 27-13 on Oct. 23 at
Paul Brown Stadium.
   If the Steelers lose at Indianapolis and the Bengals 
defeat Baltimore, the Bengals still would need the victory at
Pittsburgh to maintain control of their playoff hopes. If the
Steelers and Bengals finish with the same record atop at the
division, Pittsburgh would win the title as a result of its 
2-0 record against the Bengals.
   The second playoff tiebreaker is intra-division record. 
The Bengals are 2-1 against the AFC North, the Steelers 3-1. 
The Bengals' next three games all are against the division: 
Baltimore, at Pittsburgh and Cleveland back at PBS on Dec. 11.
   The Steelers have division games against the Bengals and at 
Cleveland remaining on their schedule.

   --The Bengals' big three on offense all are ranked in the 
top 10 in individual categories after Week 11.
   Wide receiver Chad Johnson is second in receiving yards 
with 997. Quarterback Carson Palmer is third with 2,620 
passing yards. Tailback Rudi Johnson is ninth with 854 rushing
   --The Bengals are third in total offense with 373 yards a 
game. The Ravens, the Bengals' opposition Sunday, are second 
in the NFL in defense at 272 yards allowed a game. Baltimore 
is No. 26 in offense at 273.9 yards a game.
   --Coach Marvin Lewis liked what he saw from second-year 
tailback Chris Perry against the Colts. Perry had 82 rushing 
yards and another 41 receiving against Indianapolis. He has 
254 rushing yards (5.4 average) and 305 receiving yards (6.9)
this season.
   "He continues to do the things we expect him to do," Lewis 
said. "He's been pretty good in the protection part of his job 
and as a running back. And obviously, he's been very good with
the ball in his hands."
   --Lewis also said the Bengals' defensive line did a solid 
job, even though the Colts gained 451 yards in total offense 
and scored 45 points.
   "They played well," Lewis said of the defensive line. "We 
had some times where we were trying to do things too much and 
got out of the gap. But I thought Justin (Smith) played a 
very, very good football game. It was a fine play on the sack 
and a good pass-rushing move. I think our guys saw some things
last week as we practiced that hopefully will make us a better 
   Smith had his third sack of the season among his five total

   --CB Reggie Myles (bruised ribs) is questionable for the 
Baltimore game Sunday.
   --CB Rashad Bauman (twisted knee) is questionable for the 
   --DT Bryan Robinson (foot) suffered an injury against the 
Colts, coach Marvin Lewis said, but Robinson is expected to 
play Sunday.
   --LB Caleb Miller made his 2005 debut Sunday on special 
teams. He had two tackles in the kicking game.
   --QB Carson Palmer has a 100.0-plus passer rating in nine 
games this season. He called the game against the Colts 
"awesome" and "fun," up until the point the Bengals could not 
convert an onside kickoff in the game's final 1:20.
   --WR Chad Johnson has 997 receiving yards after getting a 
career-high 189 Sunday.

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