Friday, December 6, 2013
The Associated Press
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BENGALS (7-6) at EAGLES (4-9)
WHEN: 8:20 p.m. Thursday
TELEVISION: NFL Network
SERIES RECORD: Bengals lead 7-3-1
LAST MEETING: Bengals 13, Eagles 13 (tie), Nov. 16, 2008
LAST WEEK: Bengals lost to Cowboys 20-19; Eagles beat Buccaneers 23-21
OUTLOOK: It's a critical game for the Bengals. At 7-6, they are in the midst of the AFC wild-card race, tied with the Steelers and a game in front of the Jets for the final spot. After blowing a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter against Dallas, at home no less, they can't afford to flop in Philly, where the Bengals are a 3-point favorite.
PREDICTION: Bengals, 19-13
-- The Associated Press
Foles had 381 yards passing against the Buccaneers, who have the worst-ranked pass defense in the NFL. He could have a tougher time against Cincinnati's 11th-ranked unit. The Bengals also lead the league with 42 sacks, so Foles has to get rid of the ball quickly.
"I'm going to have to do a great job with blitz pickup and we need to execute our offense," Foles said. "We need to run effectively and throw effectively. The big thing is run our offense well and execute well."
Foles and rookie running back Bryce Brown could have big games if they catch the Bengals looking ahead to the Steelers. Brown had 347 yards rushing in his first two starts filling in for McCoy before he was held to just 6 yards on 12 carries against Tampa's top-ranked run defense.
Brown has benefited from improved play by the offensive line, which has been overhauled because of injuries and inconsistency. The Bengals haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in the six games since Pittsburgh's Jonathan Dwyer ran for 122 yards against them.
"They have a stout defense and they're athletic," Reid said. "They've got a good football team. Marvin has done a nice job with that group. They have some good young players and some good veteran players, a nice mix. They'll be a good challenge for us."