Bengals last beat Bills 23 years ago

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--The Bengals' last actual win in the series was the 1988 AFC Championship Game when they defeated Buffalo 21-10 to advance to Super Bowl XXIII. That was Cincinnati's fifth straight win in the series and gave it an 11-5 overall lead. There was also the 1981 AFC Divisional Playoff game they won 28-21.

--It was also in last year's loss to Buffalo that the offense experienced a rarity: it was only the second time in Marvin Lewis' tenure that a running back had posted 25 carries and lost. Going into Sunday's game the Bengals are 11-2 when that happens.

--Buffalo is 3-0 in games played at Paul Brown Stadium, including a 49-31 victory last year where the Bengals blew a 28-7 second-quarter lead.

--According to NFL Network research, last week's 13-8 loss to San Francisco marked the first time that had been the final score in an NFL regular-season game.

--This is the third time in Marvin Lewis' nine seasons that the Bengals have started 1-2. In 2004, they finished 8-8 and were 7-9 in 2007.

--This will mark the sixth straight game that will be blacked out and not seen on local television. If Tampa Bay sells out their Monday night game against Indianapolis, that would give the Bengals the longest blackout streak in the league.

Last week's regular-season home opener against the 49ers drew 43,363 fans, which was the second-lowest regular-season crowd since Paul Brown Stadium opened in 2000. The low-water mark of 42,092, which happened for a 2002 game against Jacksonville, could be within reach.

--This could be the second straight year that a Bengals player has led AFC rookies in receptions. A.J. Green's 15 catches give him the lead by six over Oakland's Denarius Moore. Green also leads league rookies in catches (he leads by two over Atlanta's Julio Jones) and is second in yards with 194, trailing Jones who has 215. Green and Chicago's Dane Sanzenbacher are the only NFL rookies to have two touchdowns.

--The Bengals' and Bills' coaching staffs are actually meeting each other for the third time in a year. Besides the Week 11 game last season, they faced each other in the Senior Bowl, when Gailey's South squad beat Lewis and the North 24-10.

BY THE NUMBERS
Plus-33 - Cincinnati's turnover differential since 2003, which is tied for fourth in the league.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We're early in the year. We've got a lot of season ahead of us. And you know, at the end of this week when we're 2-2, there's going to be probably the other third of the league that's going to be in the same situation." - Head coach Marvin Lewis in looking ahead to this week's game and actually predicting a win.

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