Kansas City Chiefs (1-8) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (4-5)
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 - 12:00 p.m. CT Arrowhead Stadium
Play-by-Play: Marv Albert - Color Commentator: Rich Gannon
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Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus - Color Commentator: Len Dawson - Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon
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THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
The Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals meet for an AFC matchup on Sunday, Nov. 18 with a 12 p.m. kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs enter the contest with a 1-8 record and are coming off of a 16- 13 overtime loss at Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football. Kansas City got out to a 10-0 lead in the first half, but were unable to hold off the Steelers, who came back to take a 13-10 lead.
Kansas City QB Matt Cassel connected with WR Dwayne Bowe for a 27-yard completion on 4th-and-15 in the closing seconds. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, K Ryan Succop converted a 46-yard fi eld goal to force overtime.
On the first posession of the extra period, Cassel’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by LB Lawrence Timmons and returned 23 yards to the Kansas City 5-yard line to set up a game-winning 23-yard fi eld goal by Pittsburgh K Shaun Suisham.
For Kansas City, RB Jamaal Charles ranks fourth in the AFC in rushing with 734 yards on 155 carries (4.7 avg.) with three TDs. WR Dwayne Bowe has posted team-highs with 49 receptions for 626 yards with three TDs. WR Dexter McCluster and Charles have caught 31 and 22 passes, respectively. Defensively, LB Derrick Johnson leads the defense with 78 tackles (67 solo) and 7.0 tackles for loss. LB Justin Houston has recorded a team-best 7.0 sacks (-48.0 yards) while LB Tamba Hali has added 5.0 sacks (-33.0 yards). CB Brandon Flowers has a team-high two interceptions returned for 30 yards and fi ve passes defensed.
Cincinnati is 4-5 and coming off of a 31-13 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. QB Andy Dalton completed 21 of 30 passes for 199 yards and a career-high four TDs for a 127.6 passer rating. WR A.J. Green caught seven passes for 85 yards and a TD.
Dalton has completed 203 of 315 passes for 2,329 yards with 18 TDs and 11 INTs for a 91.1 rating. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis has carried 157 times for 537 yards (3.4 avg.) with three TDs. Green has 58 receptions for 820 yards (14.1 avg.) with nine TDs, which leads the NFL. Green is averaging 91.1 receiving yards per game.
Defensively, LB Rey Maualuga leads the team with 94 tackles (61 solo). LB Vontaze Burfict has added 81 tackles (44 solo). DT Geno Atkins has a team-best 7.0 sacks (-54.0 yards) while DE Michael Johnson has added 6.0 sacks (-26.0 yards). S Chris Crocker and CB Terence Newman are tied for the team-lead with two interceptions each.
CHIEFS-BENGALS SERIES HISTORY
Sunday’s contest marks the 27th regular season meeting between Kansas City and Cincinnati, with both squads splitting the first 26 matchups in the series.
The Bengals have won the last two games and three of the last four. Prior to the last two games in 2008 and 2009, the teams alternated victories in the previous eight contests.
Kansas City is 6-6 against Cincinnati at Arrowhead Stadium and was 2-0 vs. the Bengals in matchups at Municipal Stadium.
The Chiefs won three straight in the series from 1983-86 while the Bengals won fi ve consecutive games from 1972-77.
In the most recent matchup, WR Chad Ochocinco caught a six-yard TD pass from QB Carson Palmer with 2:03 remaining to break a 10-10 tie on Dec. 27, 2009. One year earlier, RB Cedric Benson rushed for 111 yards and a TD in a 16-6 victory over the Chiefs on Dec. 28, 2008. Both games were played at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, where the Chiefs are 0-3 all-time.
Kansas City’s last win against the Bengals was a 27-20 victory on Oct. 14, 2007 at Arrowhead Stadium when QB Damon Huard completed 25 of 35 passes for 264 yards and two TDs for a 112.1 passer rating. TE Tony Gonzalez caught nine passes for 102 yards with two TDs, including a 26-yarder to give the Chiefs a 27-10 lead with 8:03 left in regulation.