Bengals-Cardinals Capsule


Sunday, 8:30 p.m., ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Cardinals by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Bengals 7-1-1, Cardinals 6-3

SERIES RECORD - Bengals lead 6-4

LAST MEETING - Bengals beat Cardinals 23-16, Dec. 24, 2011

LAST WEEK - Bengals lost to Texans 10-6; Cardinals beat Seahawks 39-32

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 4, Cardinals No. 3





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cardinals haven't beaten Bengals since 2007. ... Bengals play third straight prime-time game, Arizona plays its second straight on Sunday night ... Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was drafted No. 1 overall by Bengals out of USC in 2003. ... Palmer completed 37 passes against Arizona in 2007, second most in Bengals history. ... Palmer held out for first six Cincinnati games of 2011, demanding trade. He eventually was dealt to Oakland. ... Palmer has faced Bengals once, 34-10 Raiders loss at Cincinnati in 2012. ... Game was flexed from afternoon to night by NFL. ... QB Andy Dalton has started every game for Bengals since Palmer left. ... Palmer ranks second in NFL in passer rating (108), Dalton fourth (104.6). ... Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap didn't have sack against Houston on Monday but ranks third in NFL for the season with 8 1/2. ... Cincinnati has sacked opponents 26 times and been sacked 14. Plus-12 differential ranks third in NFL. ... Cardinals' offense has topped 400 yards in last four games and seven of nine. ... Against Texans, Bengals failed to score touchdown for first time in 41 games. ... Arizona leads NFL in touchdowns (36) and is second in scoring (303 points, one fewer than Patriots). ... Under coach Bruce Arians, Cardinals are 9-2 against AFC, 21-5 vs. teams outside NFC West. ... Arizona is 23-2 under Arians when opponent scores 20 points or fewer. ... Palmer is 20-4 in his last 24 starts. ... Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald needs 13 yards receiving to reach 13,000 for career. ... WR Michael Floyd could become first Arizona player with TD catches in five consecutive games since Fitzgerald in 2007. ... Arizona RB Andre Ellington and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson are only players to have two runs of 45-plus yards this season. Ellington has done it in 29 attempts. ... S Tyrann Mathieu has three interceptions, 52 tackles, nine tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and 12 passes defensed. ... Arizona is only team in top five in offense and defense. ... Fantasy Tip: Play Palmer if you can. He has thrown for at least 300 yards in six of nine games and is second in NFL in TD passes with 23 (one fewer than Tom Brady), compared with seven interceptions. And he has plenty of personal motivation for this game.


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