Wk 3 Preview: Packers-Bengals

Wk 3 Preview: Packers-Bengals

We have stats, streaks, notes and our prediction as the Packers and Bengals collide in a key Week 3 matchup at Cincinnati.

GREEN BAY (1-1) at CINCINNATI (1-1)

KICKOFF: Noon.

TV: FOX (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver)

OPENING LINE: Packers by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Green Bay 1-1, Cincinnati 1-0-1

SERIES RECORD: Bengals lead 6-5

LAST MEETING: Bengals 31, Packers 24, Sept. 20, 2009

LAST WEEK: Packers beat Redskins 38-20; Bengals beat Steelers 20-10

AP PRO32 RANKING: Packers No. 5, Bengals No. 13

PACKERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (1), RUSH (7), PASS (2)

PACKERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (14), RUSH (9), PASS (15)

BENGALS OFFENSE: OVERALL (12), RUSH (17t), PASS (13)

BENGALS DEFENSE: OVERALL (7), RUSH (7), PASS (14)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Packers are playing at Paul Brown Stadium for only second time since it opened in 2000. Other visit had one of most bizarre endings in NFL history when 31-year-old fan ran out of stands and snatched ball out of Brett Favre's hands as he tried to run play in final minute. Officials blew play dead, and it took security five minutes to subdue and remove fan. Bengals used break to regroup and hold on for 21-14 win. ... Packers coming off record-setting performance. Aaron Rodgers threw for 480 yards and James Starks ran for 132, first time in NFL history team had passer throw for 450 yards and runner get 125. ... Packers are facing 2012 playoff team for third straight week. ... Green Bay then has its earliest bye week since 1999, when it also was off in fourth week. ... Packers' 580 total yards against Washington were second most in franchise history. ... Rodgers became second QB in league history to throw for 480 yards with four TDs and no interceptions in game. Giants' Y.A. Tittle did it in 1962 against Washington. ... Packers have had pair of 100-yard receivers in each of first two games. ... Bengals' Geno Atkins got first sack against Pittsburgh, giving him 13? in last two seasons, most by DT. ... Bengals became first team to pile up 400 yards offense against Pittsburgh in a non-overtime game since New England in 2010.

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (2-0): Both teams will know where they stand after Sunday. For Green Bay, it played well enough to beat San Francisco but fell short, then thrashed a Washington team that seems vastly overrated after reaching the playoffs last season. For Cincinnati, it played well enough to beat Chicago but blew a late lead, then thrashed a Pittsburgh team that seems like it's fallen a long ways from the AFC's elite clubs. The Packers are better on offense. The Bengals are better on defense. However, until Green Bay shows it can stop a top receiver, it's hard to believe it can go on the road and beat A.J. Green and Co. Bengals 27, Packers 24

PACKERSNFCNFL
Turnover Margin (-2)14T 25T
Points Scored (33.0)1 2
Points Allowed (27.0)10 24
Total Offense (482.5)1 1
Rushing (101.0)7 16
Passing (381.5)2 2
Total Defense (458.0)14 29
vs. Rush (99.0)9 17
vs. Pass (359.0)15 30
Third-Down Offense (40.0%)6T 13T
Third-Down Defense (41.4%)7 18
Red-Zone Offense (70.0%)4 11
Red-Zone Defense (75.0%)16 26T
BENGALSAFCNFL
Turnover Margin (0)7T 13T
Points Scored (20.5)7T 18T
Points Allowed (17.0)6 8T
Total Offense (373.5)4 12
Rushing (95.0)10 17T
Passing (278.5)4 13
Total Defense (300.5)6 7
vs. Rush (62.5)5 7
vs. Pass (238.0)11 14
Third-Down Offense (50.0%)4 4T
Third-Down Defense (34.6%)8 11T
Red-Zone Offense (75.0%)4T 7T
Red-Zone Defense (100%)15T 31T

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