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Saints-Bengals Preview Capsule

Saints-Bengals Preview Capsule

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By The Associated Press

Thursday, November 8, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (7-1) at CINCINNATI (5-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE — Saints by 3½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — New Orleans 6-2, Cincinnati 4-4

SERIES RECORD — Bengals lead 7-6

LAST MEETING — Bengals beat Saints 27-10, Nov. 16, 2014

LAST WEEK — Saints beat Rams 45-35; Bengals had bye, beat Buccaneers 37-34 on Oct. 28

AP PRO32 RANKING — Saints No. 1, Bengals No. 12

SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (15), PASS (7).

SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (1), PASS (31).

BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (26), PASS (17).

BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (26), PASS (32).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Saints won their seventh straight and sent Rams to first loss. ... Drew Brees threw for four TDs vs. Rams, giving him 506 for career. He needs three to pass Brett Favre (508) for second on list, trailing only Peyton Manning’s 539. Tom Brady is one behind Brees with 505. ... Brees leads NFL in completion percentage (76.3) and passer rating (120.6). He has 22 career games with four TDs and no INTs, tied with Brady (22) for career record. ... In four games vs. Bengals, Brees has thrown for 309.5 yards per game with seven TDs, four INTs and 107.8 passer rating. ... RB Alvin Kamara had 116 yards from scrimmage (82 rushing) with three TDs vs. Rams. His three games with three TDs tie Todd Gurley for most in NFL. ... WR Michael Thomas had club-record 211 yards receiving, including 72-yard TD catch. He joined Wes Chandler and Torrance Small as only Saints with 200 yards receiving in single game. ... Saints signed former Cowboys WR receiver Dez Bryant on Wednesday. It’s unclear how much he might play in Cincinnati. ... Bengals WR A.J. Green sidelined indefinitely with toe injury on right foot. He got hurt on final catch of win over Buccaneers. ... Cincinnati’s defense ranks last in league. In last three games, Bengals have allowed 481 yards (vs. Steelers), 551 (vs. Chiefs) and 576 (vs. Buccaneers). It’s first time in club history they’ve allowed 500 yards in back-to-back games. No NFL team has given up 500 yards in three straight games. ... Fantasy tip: Brees is facing defense prone to yielding many yards and big plays. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 369 yards in 28-21 win culminating in 31-yard TD to Antonio Brown with 10 seconds left. Patrick Mahomes threw for 358 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick took over after Jameis Winston’s fourth INT and threw for 276 yards in little more than one quarter, including 72-yard TD.

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