|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3.2||0-3||2-1||23.0||9.0||416.7||(6)||2.7||45.0||18.3||438.7||(7.3)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||20.8||9.5||19.7||29:31||22-81||(3.6)||25-42||60.7%||288||(6.9)||64-369||(5.8)||(17.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23||12||20.5||31:38||28-114||(4.1)||22-35||61.3%||247||(7)||63-360||(5.7)||(15.7)|
|Offense Road Games||17.0||10.4||17.2||29:20||24-87||(3.6)||22-38||57.7%||288||(7.6)||62-375||(6.1)||(22)|
|Defense (All Games)||32.2||12.9||19.6||30:41||27-122||(4.5)||23-35||66.8%||253||(7.3)||62-376||(6.1)||(11.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.6||11.7||19.7||30:57||26-105||(4)||22-36||62.1%||244||(6.9)||62-349||(5.7)||(14.8)|
|Defense Road Games||33.2||11.4||21.0||30:40||29-131||(4.5)||23-35||66.1%||261||(7.5)||64-392||(6.1)||(11.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.7||1.8||-0.5||14-4||32.1%||1-0||27.3%||3-60||(22.9)||2-12||(5.3)||6-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.7||13-5||37.8%||1-0||57.8%||2-58||(23.6)||20-2||(8.8)||7-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.8||0.8||1.6||0.2||13-3||25.4%||1-0||25.0%||2-52||(21.7)||3-19||(7.4)||7-64|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.6||0.7||1.3|| ||13-5||41.7%||1-0||62.5%||2-58||(27.6)||3-35||(11.4)||7-63|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||13-5||39.7%||1-0||46.1%||3-64||(25)||19-2||(8.6)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.2||0.6||1.8|| ||13-6||44.8%||1-1||75.0%||1-44||(36.7)||4-44||(11.1)||4-31|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1.4||2-1||1-2||27.3||13.7||350.0||(5.5)||0.7||16.7||7.3||320.3||(5.2)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||24.8||14.3||19.1||30:17||27-103||(3.9)||22-34||64.3%||250||(7.2)||61-353||(5.8)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.3||11.8||20.8||31:17||28-113||(4.1)||22-36||60.9%||245||(6.7)||64-359||(5.6)||(15.4)|
|Offense Home Games||23.6||11.4||17.4||29:14||24-81||(3.4)||22-35||63.8%||218||(6.3)||58-300||(5.1)||(12.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.7||9.4||20.5||29:43||27-119||(4.4)||23-34||66.6%||227||(6.7)||61-346||(5.7)||(14.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22||10.4||19.1||29:21||26-110||(4.2)||21-35||60.3%||230||(6.6)||61-340||(5.5)||(15.4)|
|Defense Home Games||22.4||9.4||19.8||30:46||27-112||(4.2)||25-36||69.2%||253||(6.9)||63-365||(5.8)||(16.3)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.6||1.7||-0.1||13-4||31.0%||1-1||78.6%||3-66||(23.5)||3-36||(12.5)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||1.9||14-5||37.6%||1-1||63.6%||3-65||(23.4)||23-2||(9.8)||7-57|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||0.4||1.4||0.8||13-4||33.3%||1-1||83.3%||3-85||(24.9)||2-41||(17.1)||5-49|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.9||1.6|| ||13-5||38.6%||1-0||33.3%||3-93||(26.7)||2-17||(9.1)||5-41|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||36.4%||1-0||50.8%||3-77||(25.1)||24-2||(10.3)||6-58|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||1.2||2.2|| ||14-7||48.6%||1-0||33.3%||4-109||(27.1)||2-13||(5.8)||5-39|
|Average power rating of opponents played: OAKLAND 20.2, CINCINNATI 19.2|
|10/28/2012||@ KANSAS CITY||26-16||W||1||W||41||O||34-135||14-28-209||1||22-102||22-34-197||4|
|11/25/2012||@ CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/6/2012||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/18/2012||@ KANSAS CITY||28-6||W||-3||W||42||U||38-189||18-29-220||0||27-113||17-30-171||1|
|11/25/2012||OAKLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/13/2012||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ PITTSBURGH|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|OAKLAND: After switching back to a power-blocking scheme last year, the Raiders are going back to the zone-blocking scheme they used with success in the Tom Cable years'they still have the line to do it. Darren McFadden was better in last year's power-blocking scheme, but he's had success in the one-cut system. Considering his injury history they weren't about to build around him though. His back-ups, Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones, are both one-cut runners. They'll likely ride McFadden as a three-down back until he gets hurt again. The Raiders were the NFL's most run-heavy red zone offense a year ago, and it figures to stay that way. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp prefers a catch-and-run West Coast passing game to the vertical attack the Raiders ran during the Al Davis years. Considering his fading arm strength, quarterback Carson Palmer should benefit. Palmer will be asked to do a little more in terms of throwing on the move and ball-handling on play-action. His receivers, however, don't really fit the West Coast mold'Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford are all primarily deep threats. It could open up opportunities for the tight ends, though Brandon Myers isn't much of an option. In the end, there could be a ton of passes going to McFadden. When the Raiders throw off play-action near the goal line, Heyward-Bey and Moore figure to be the most common targets. The Raiders were woeful on defense in 2011, ranking 27th in the NFL in both passing defense and rushing defense, and allowing the fourth-most points in the league. They should benefit from the return of DE Matt Shaughnessy, whose 2011 season was cut very short by a shoulder injury. With a quick first step and long arms that allow him to fight off blocks, he'll not only produce from the starting RDE spot in 2012, but he'll draw attention away from Richard Seymour'the veteran lineman totaled just one sack over his final 11 games of 2011 without Shaughnessy on the field. Former No. 8 overall pick Rolando McClain will be Oakland's starting middle linebacker in new head coach Dennis Allen's defense, but that's only if he avoids suspension and jail time'McClain is appealing a 180-day jail sentence he received in May after being found guilty on assault charges. About the only good thing that can be said about that secondary is that safety Tyvon Branch is a solid run-stopper'the Raiders are severely lacking in talent when it comes to pass coverage. |
|CINCINNATI: The Bengals returned to a run-first offense in 2011, and that should continue with BenJarvus Green-Ellis stepping in for Cedric Benson. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden mixed in some more zone blocking principles and stretch plays last year, something that didn't fit with Benson at all. The Bengals have been looking to get Bernard Scott more involved, and this year they should be able to do it. Expect a 60/40 early-down split for Green-Ellis and Scott, with Brian Leonard keeping his third down role because of his ability as a pass protector. Green-Ellis figures to be the focal point of their red zone offense, just like Benson was a year ago. Gruden's offense is West Coast in terminology, but they pressure secondaries deep. A lot of their best plays were jump balls to A.J. Green. Either rookies Mohamed Sanu or Marvin Jones, or Jordan Shipley could slide in opposite Green on the outside, and Gruden will have to tweak the offense since none of them are deep threats. They use a lot of three-WR sets, so there should be ample playing time for two of those secondary targets. TE Jermaine Gresham is the No. 2 target for Dalton, and this offense creates room for him over the middle. The backs are more for pass protection than receiving skills. Gruden gets a little more pass-happy in the red zone, but not absurdly so. When they do throw, Green is overwhelmingly the most popular target. The Bengals defense showed an ability to get to the quarterback in 2011, with 14 players contributing at least one sack to a total that placed fifth in the NFL. Rookie CB Dre' Kirkpatrick will help out the defense with his coverage skills, but this unit doesn't make enough big plays to provide the offense with a lot of short fields. The one guy in the secondary who is capable of making a big play is Reggie Nelson, a rangy centerfielder at free safety with solid ball skills. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Raiders-Bengals Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
For seven seasons, Carson Palmer was the face of the Cincinnati Bengals, leading them to two playoff appearances and earning two Pro Bowl trips before the parties endured an ugly split last year.
Returning to Paul Brown Stadium for the first time since he was traded to Oakland, Palmer looks to help the Raiders avoid a fourth straight loss and keep the Bengals from a third consecutive victory Sunday.
A Heisman Trophy winner at Southern California, Palmer was the first overall pick by Cincinnati in 2003. He led the Bengals to AFC North titles in 2005 and 2009, but after a 4-12 season in 2010, Palmer wanted out. Ownership refused to trade him, so Palmer held out and stood away from the team before he was finally dealt to Oakland in the middle of last season for a 2012 first-round pick and 2013 conditional selection.
Palmer has naturally tried to downplay his return, especially since the Raiders (3-7) are looking to avoid their first four-game skid since Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 2008.
"It's a big game," said Palmer, who has thrown six interceptions in the last three contests. "But it's obviously a much bigger game for our team. We have to get a win. We're going to fight, we're going to grind this week. We have a lot of room for improvement, a lot of areas we need to improve on."
The Bengals (5-5), meanwhile, are trying to avoid the topic entirely.
"Just like any other player who was here," coach Marvin Lewis said. "Now he's not here, so our job is to beat the Oakland Raiders and Carson Palmer on Sunday. He no longer plays here, so I think we no longer need to spend any time speaking about it."
With plenty of tickets available for this contest, it also appears Cincinnati fans aren't too interested in Palmer's return. However, they should be eager to see a Bengals club that has followed a four-game slide by outscoring the New York Giants and Kansas City 59-19 in consecutive wins.
"We're playing the way we should've been playing all year," linebacker Thomas Howard said. "I'm really excited about how we're playing on defense. Our offense is putting points on the board. This is Bengal football as you've been seeing the last two weeks, and I expect more of it."
Andy Dalton, who replaced Palmer and led the Bengals to the playoffs while throwing for 3,398 yards and 20 touchdowns as a rookie in 2011, has thrown six TDs and no picks in the last two games. He's already thrown 20 TDs this season, and his 92.7 passer rating ranks 11th in the league.
Fellow second-year star A.J. Green has caught a touchdown pass in nine straight games. His 64 receptions are one shy of last season's total, and his 10 TDs are three more than he recorded in 2011.
Teammate BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for a season-high 101 yards and a score in last Sunday's 28-6 win at Kansas City.
Cincinnati could be in for another big day against a Raiders team that ranks last in the NFL allowing 32.2 points per game and has been outscored 135-69 over the last three contests.
The Bengals stood firm against struggling offenses in the Giants and Chiefs, and they have some renewed confidence after giving up 89 points in the previous three games. Though the organization has downplayed Palmer's return, it's likely the Cincinnati defense is excited for the chance to add to the Raiders' recent struggles.
"We're playing against a good team, from a good division," Palmer told the Raiders' official website. "We need to go in there and find a way to get a win.
"I think consistency has been our biggest Achilles' heel. The teams that win consistently in this league play consistently well four quarters of the game. That's something we haven't done."
Palmer, who threw two TDs and two INTs in last Sunday's 38-17 loss to New Orleans, is third in the NFL with 3,035 yards but has thrown 11 interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.
One of the few recent bright spots is fullback Marcel Reece, who has rushed for 151 yards on 33 carries over the last two games in place of injured backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson. Reece is second on the Raiders with 37 receptions.
It's uncertain if an ankle injury will force McFadden to miss a third straight contest.
With Palmer under center for Cincinnati, the teams split their last two meetings. Oakland won 20-17 at home in the most recent matchup in 2009.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:27:46 AM EST|