Final

Colts 45

(10-0, 6-0 away)

Bengals 37

(7-3, 3-2 home)

4:15 PM ET, November 20, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 14 21 7 345
CIN 10 17 7 337

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 365 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. James (IND) - 24 CAR, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Johnson (CIN) - 8 REC, 189 YDS, 1 TD

Indianapolis (9-0) at Cincinnati (7-2)

Indianapolis (9-0) at Cincinnati (7-2), Sunday 4:15 pm EST

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Chad Johnson is making no guarantee. Marvin Lewis wants it that way.

Johnson created quite a furor two years ago when he predicted the Cincinnati Bengals would upset the Kansas City Chiefs, who entered Paul Brown Stadium with a 9-0 record. The Chiefs left with their first loss of the season.

On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts come here with a 9-0 record. But the Pro Bowl receiver isn't talking this time.

"Coach (Marvin Lewis) had a talk to me about that," Johnson said. "I'm going to listen to my coach and just say that Sunday's game should be a great game."

The last team to start a season 10-0 was the 1998 Denver Broncos, who won their first 13 games. Only 15 teams in the 86-year history of the NFL have reached 10-0, starting with the 1929 Green Bay Packers and ending with the Broncos.

The only team to have a perfect season in NFL history was the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who went 14-0 in the regular season and won all three postseason games.

"Talk to us about 16-0 when we get to 15-0," Colts defensive tackle Corey Simon said. "The talent in this league won't allow us to look any farther ahead."

And the Bengals have plenty of talent. They are tied with Pittsburgh for first place in the AFC North, thanks to an offense led by quarterback Carson Palmer, Johnson and running back Rudi Johnson.

A year ago, Palmer and Chad Johnson drove to Indianapolis on a Monday night to sit in the stands and learn from the Colts' record-setting duo of Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.

Although Manning is in his eighth year and Palmer is in his second season, the two share an NFL mark. Palmer's nine straight games with a passer rating of more than 100, dating to last season, tied the record set by Manning in 2004.

Led by Manning, Harrison, running back Edgerrin James and receiver Reggie Wayne, the Colts rank first in the AFC in offense (372 yards). Cincinnati is third in the conference (359.8).

Manning has passed for 2,169 yards and 17 touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 104.6. Palmer has passed for 2,285 yards and 18 touchdowns for a rating of 106.3

A two-time rushing champion, James leads the AFC with 1,027 rushing yards. Rudi Johnson has rushed for 778 yards.

Harrison has 898 career receptions and needs two to reach 900 in his 149th career game. Jerry Rice, the NFL's all-time leading receiver, reached 900 catches in his 168th career game.

Chad Johnson leads the AFC with 808 receiving yards and is tied for second in the conference with 53 catches. Wayne tops the AFC with 54 receptions for 633 yards.

But these teams are not all about offensive playmakers.

Indianapolis ranks fourth in the NFL in defense (271.3 yards) with ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney combining for 16 sacks.

The Bengals lead the league in interceptions (20) and total takeaways (29). Cornerback Deltha O'Neal tops the league with six interceptions and Colts linebacker Cato June is tied for second with five.

Matchup to watch: Harrison, who had seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in a 31-17 win over Houston last week, faces O'Neal.

Series: The Colts lead, 13-8, and have won the last three meetings.

Next week: Indianapolis hosts Pittsburgh, November 28 Cincinnati hosts Baltimore, November 27

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Passing Leaders

IndianapolisCMP%YDSTDINT
A. Luck68.91305134
M. Hasselbeck50.02000
CincinnatiCMP%YDSTDINT
A. Dalton65.572221
M. Sanu100.06810

Rushing Leaders

IndianapolisCARYDSAVGTD
T. Richardson612033.31
A. Bradshaw341825.40
CincinnatiCARYDSAVGTD
G. Bernard551853.43
J. Hill261325.12

Receiving Leaders

IndianapolisRECYDSAVGTD
R. Wayne2330713.31
T. Hilton2229113.20
CincinnatiRECYDSAVGTD
A. Green1223319.41
M. Sanu1216413.71

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsIND
 
 362
CIN
 
 358
Yards PassingIND
 
 256
CIN
 
 239
Yards RushingIND
 
 106
CIN
 
 119
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedIND
 
 307
CIN
 
 339
Pass Yds AllowedIND
 
 197
CIN
 
 223
Rush Yds AllowedIND
 
 110
CIN
 
 116

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Indianapolis leads 2-0
Oct 6, 2002IND 28, CIN 21