November 03, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht

Site: Memorial Stadium.

Time: 1 p.m.

TV: Ch. 11.

Announcers: Don Criqui and Beasley Reece.

Radio: WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM).

Line: Ravens by 3 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Bengals 3-4; Ravens 3-4.

On grass: Ravens 3-2; Bengals 0-2.

Last week: Ravens beat Rams in overtime, 37-31; Bengals beat Jaguars, 28-21.

Last meeting: Ravens, then the Browns, beat the Bengals, 26-10, last Dec. 17, in the team's last game in Cleveland.

Series: Ravens, as the Cleveland Browns, held a 27-24 lead over the Bengals, with the Browns winning the last seven in a row.

Who's hot: Ravens: QB Vinny Testaverde had an outstanding October, in which he threw for 1,355 yards and 13 touchdowns over four games. WRs Michael Jackson (42 catches, 632 yards) and Derrick Alexander (37 catches, 654 yards) remain one of the hottest tandems in the league, with 13 touchdowns between them. WR Floyd Turner has 13 catches and two TDs in his last two games. RB Bam Morris is averaging 7.1 yards per rush on 10 carries and scored twice last week. LB Mike Caldwell returned from a knee injury last week to make nine tackles and record two sacks. Bengals: WRs Carl Pickens (487 yards, four TDs) and Darnay Scott (396 yards, four TDs) are big-play threats. DT Dan Wilkinson leads all AFC interior linemen with six sacks. CB Ashley Ambrose leads the team with five interceptions. Punter Lee Johnson ranks second in the NFL with a 47.6-yard average on 47 punts.

Who's not: Ravens: K Matt Stover missed two of three field-goal attempts last week, including a potential game-winner at the end of regulation. He also missed his first extra-point try in four years, after making 131 straight. Rookie Jermaine Lewis is averaging 7.5 yards on 17 punt returns. FB Carwell Gardner has not carried the ball in the last two games. Bengals: RB Ki-Jana Carter is averaging 2.6 yards per carry. QB Jeff Blake has thrown only 10 touchdown passes in 272 attempts. The offense has scored only 13 touchdowns in 23 trips into the red zone.

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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