Eagles Go For Second Straight Win Thursday Against Bengals

By: Willie Bee | Monday, December 10, 2012

Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles
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12/13/2012 at 8:20 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Bengals -3, O/U 46
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Television: NFL Network

Cincinnati Bengals: A nine-point 4th-quarter lead wasn't enough for the Bengals (7-6 straight-up, 6-6-1 against the spread) to hold off the Dallas Cowboys in a 20-19 Week 14 loss. Cincinnati outgained the Cowboys thanks to nearly a 100-yard edge in rushing, but the defense allowed Dallas to convert 11-of-19 third-down tries, including 6-of-7 in the decisive fourth quarter. The loss snapped a four-game win and cover streak for Cincy, leaving the Bengals tied with the Steelers for second in the AFC North, each two back of the Ravens. Andy Dalton ranks 12th in the NFL with a 90.3 quarterback rating and crossed over the 3,000-yard plateau with his 20-of-33 effort for 206 yards vs. Dallas. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis ranks 11th in rushing and needs just 26 more yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career. The Bengals are 8-5 "under" on the season after their last five contests all fell short of the total, and the last meeting between these teams, a 13-13 tie at Cincinnati in 2008, also finished below the mark.

Philadelphia Eagles: While Cincy hits the road off a disappointing loss, the Eagles (4-9 SU, 3-9-1 ATS) return home on a high following a rally at Tampa Bay that ended with a 23-21 victory to stop an eight-game losing streak. Rookie QB Nick Foles, making just his fourth NFL start, was the hero with two touchdown passes in the final four minutes, the second coming as the game clock ran out. Foles finished the day 32-of-51 for 381 yards to lead the upset as 7-point underdogs. The Eagles were once again playing without running back LeSean McCoy, who is doubtful for Thursday's tilt while he recovers from a concussion suffered at Washington in Week 11 (click to check updated NFL injury report). Rookie RB Bryce Brown had played well the previous two games filling in for McCoy but was held to just six yards on 12 carries against Tampa Bay's top-ranked run defense. Also doubtful on Thursday is tight end Brent Celek, who left the Tampa Bay game due to a concussion. The Eagles have failed to cover their last five home games vs. Cincinnati, and the Bengals have covered the last five meetings overall in this series.

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