--Chad Johnson is ready for his next cornerback challenge. The Bengals wide receiver will face Green Bay's defense Sunday, and his possible matchup is Al Harris. Harris, who had a franchise record 24 passes defended, has 10 knockdowns and two interceptions this season. Johnson called Harris the best corner he has faced so far.
"There are two things for Brother Harris this week," Johnson said. "The bad thing is he has to cover me. The good is he can save 15 percent by switching his (auto) insurance to Geico."
Packers coach Mike Sherman said the Johnson-Harris duel will be "fun to watch. ... Chad is tough. He's a tremendous competitor in his own right. He's courageous and has all the attributes you look for in a wide receiver."
Johnson also complimented Packers strong safety Mark Roman, a former Bengal who is second on the team with 39 total tackles.
--The Bengals have won six in a row against the NFC.
--In their two victories this season against NFC teams Minnesota and Chicago, quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown for 506 yards, six touchdowns and just one interception.
--Packers linebackers coach Mark Duffner is the Bengals former linebackers coach and defensive coordinator.
--Of the 91 NFL teams to start 5-2 since 1990, the first year of the league's 12-team playoff format, 69 have made the playoffs (75.8 percent).
BY THE NUMBERS
12 -- Quarterbacks who have started for the Bengals during the span since 1992 when Brett Favre started his first of 211 consecutive games for the Packers.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Not really. Like I said, I haven't seen him play a ton and I don't have a lot of knowledge about what he's done. One of the things that I do know about him is that he's a fierce competitor. He's been competing for 15 years and that's what has made him just that much better than everyone else. That's part of the respect factor. Everyone has respect for him. That's why everyone fears him because they understand what kind of competitor he is." -- Bengals quarterback Brett Favre, when asked if he has taken anything of Brett Favre's game for his own.
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