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NFL Thursday night preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles

Tonight

Bengals (7-6) at Eagles (4-9)

When/where: 8:20; Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

TV/radio: NFL Network; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line/OU: Bengals by 4, 45½

The Eagles had no business beating the Bucs on Sunday, but Tampa Bay's woeful offensive start and the usual failures in its secondary proved too much to overcome. The Bengals are a bit more consistent offensively (though not necessarily better) and certainly are stouter on defense. Those advantages, coupled with their realistic goal of making the playoffs, should be the difference. The Cincinnati defense, led by DT Geno Atkins (10½ sacks), leads the NFL in sacks with 42. With the Eagles' patchwork offensive line, QB Nick Foles is going to be under assault.

Stephen F. Holder's pick: Bengals 26, Eagles 20

Injury report

Bengals — Out: CB Dre Kirkpatrick (head). Doubtful: K Mike Nugent (calf), RB Cedric Peerman (ankle). Questionable: DE Michael Johnson (great toe). Probable: G Clint Boling (illness), LB Vontaze Burfict (shoulder), DE Carlos Dunlap (calf), LB Rey Maualuga (shoulder), LB Dan Skuta (back). Eagles Out: TE Brent Celek (concussion), FS Kurt Coleman (chest), RB LeSean McCoy (concussion), DT Mike Patterson (illness), QB Michael Vick (concussion, illness). Questionable: RB Chris Polk (toe). Probable: S Nate Allen (shoulder), CB Nnamdi Asomugha (neck, quadricep), FB Stanley Havili (ankle), LB Mychal Kendricks, (shoulder), WR Jeremy Maclin (groin), G Evan Mathis (ankle), G/C Dallas Reynolds (ankle).

NFL Thursday night preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles 12/12/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:49pm]
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