By The Associated Press
CINCINNATI (6-10) at SEATTLE (10-7)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE - Seahawks by 7
2018 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cincinnati 9-7, Seattle 9-5-2
SERIES RECORD -Cincinnati leads 11-9
LAST MEETING - Bengals beat Seahawks 27-24, Oct. 11, 2015
AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 30, Seahawks No. 7
BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (21), PASS (24).
BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (28), PASS (25).
SEAHAWKS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (1), PASS (27).
SEAHAWKS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (13), PASS (17).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Zac Taylor makes regular-season debut as Bengals' 10th head coach. He replaced Marvin Lewis, fired after 16 seasons without playoff win. ... Andy Dalton 2-0 vs. Seahawks with 34-12 win at Seattle rookie season of 2011 and 27-24 OT win at Paul Brown Stadium in 2015. Dalton threw for 331 yards and two TDs as Bengals scored 17 points in fourth quarter to send it to OT. It was first time since 2011 that NFL team had overcome fourth-quarter deficit of 17 or more points. ... Dalton is 5-0 on West Coast. ... RB Joe Mixon hasn't fumbled in 290 carries since Dec. 31, 2017. ... WR John Ross expected to play after missing camp with hamstring injury. ... WR A.J. Green had ankle surgery during camp and is out indefinitely. ... Three new starters are on offensive line - rookie LG Michael Jordan, C Trey Hopkins and RG John Miller - and could have fourth if Andre Smith is at left tackle in place of Cordy Glenn. ... Bengals opening on road for eighth time in Dalton's nine seasons; 5-2 in road openers since 2011. ... Seahawks open at home for just seventh time in past 20 seasons. ... Pete Carroll enters 10th season as Seahawks head coach. He needs two wins to become fifth active coach with 100 total wins. ... Last season Russell Wilson joined Peyton Manning as only QBs with at least 3,000 yards passing and at least 20 TD passes in each of first seven years. Wilson became highest-paid player in NFL after new contract extension in offseason. ... Seahawks led NFL in rushing at 160 yards per game last season. RB Chris Carson rushed for 1,151 yards ... WR Tyler Lockett becomes featured No. 1 wide receiver after retirement of Doug Baldwin. ... Offensive line returns four starters anchored by LT Duane Brown. Uncertain if new G Mike Iupati (calf) will play. ... DE Jadeveon Clowney acquired in trade with Houston last week. Clowney had 18 + sacks combined past two seasons. Clowney and DE Ziggy Ansah expected to make Seattle debuts. ... All-Pro LB Bobby Wagner signed $54 million, three-year extension over summer. ... New K Jason Myers was Pro Bowl selection last season with Jets after released by Seahawks. ... Fantasy tip: Bengals' rush defense ranked near bottom of NFL last season. For a team set on running ball, it could be big Week 1 for Carson.
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Updated September 5, 2019