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Seahawks vs. Bengals

When: Sunday, 1:15 p.m., CenturyLink Field

Records: Seahawks 2-4 and second in the NFC West; Bengals 4-2 and tied for second in the AFC North

TV: CBS (channel 7 in Seattle), with Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker

Radio: 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM, with Steve Raible, Warren Moon and Jen Mueller

Rest of the West: Cardinals (1-5) at Ravens; Rams (0-6) vs. Saints; 49ers (5-1) vs. Browns

Matchup microscope

Seahawks offense vs. Bengals defense: The first question here: Which Seahawks offense shows up? The one that generated three points, 137 yards and converted 2 of 12 third-down situations while holding the ball for only 17 minutes in last week’s loss to the Browns? Or the one that put up 27 points and rolled up 424 yards in the upset of the Giants in Week 5? The next question: How will the Seahawks handle the multitude of looks the Bengals’ No. 2-ranked will give them? The Bengals have not allowed more than 20 points or 300 yards during their three-game winning streak.

One to watch

Seahawks cornerbacks vs. Bengals WR A.J. Green: The Seahawks will have a new starter on the left side in rookie Richard Sherman – who is replacing Walter Thurmond, who was replacing Marcus Trufant. They’ll also have a new nickel back in Roy Lewis, who will be activated off the physically unable to perform list. On the right side is Brandon Browner, who will be making his seventh NFL start. All three will be matched against Green at some point, and the fourth pick overall in April’s NFL Draft leads all rookies in receptions (29), receiving yards (453) and TD catches (four). With the 6-foot-4 Browner and 6-3 Sherman, the Seahawks have the size to matchup with the 6-4 Green. But he plays even taller than he is. As Seahawks coach Pete Carroll put it, “He has a marvelous catching range. He can make catches that other guys can’t get to and do something with it when he gets it.”

Fun to watch

Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth vs. Seahawks DE Chris Clemons: The Seahawks’ “Leo” end has been all-but-unblockable in the past two games, when he has registered three of his five sacks. But Clemons has been just as disruptive playing the run. The 6-foot-7, 335-pound Whitworth has Clemons by 80 pounds and four inches, but will have problems with Clemons’ quickness off the edge – especially with the 12th MAN in full roar when the Bengals have the ball. To disrupt the Bengals offense, the Seahawks will need to pressure rookie QB Andy Dalton. To do that, the best place to start is Clemons, the only player on the team with more than one sack.

One tough task

Bengals RB Bernard Scott vs. Seahawks run defense: Scott steps in for Cedric Benson, who has been suspended for this game after violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Scott also will be running into a Seahawks defense that is allowing 3.2 yards per carry, the best average in the league. If the Seahawks don’t win this matchup, and in convincing fashion, it could be another long afternoon.

Worth noting

RB Marshawn Lynch, TE Zach Miller and C Max Unger will return for the Seahawks after missing last week’s game, and there’s also a chance to QB Tarvaris Jackson could play. … Clemons has 16 sacks since the start of the 2010 season, which ties him for No. 10 in the NFL during that span. But 10½ of his sacks have come in road games. … The Seahawks have scored 27 first-half points. They have more than that in the third (33) and fourth (37) quarters. … The Bengals are fifth in the league in points allowed (111) and have given up 11 touchdowns in six games. But four of the TDs have come on pass plays of 25 or more yards. … Dalton has had a 100-plus passer rating in three of his six games. … He also is only the second rookie QB in Bengals history to win three games in a row. The other? Greg Cook, in 1969. … The Bengals have forced seven fumbles, which ranks second in the NFL to the Ravens (nine). … FS Reggie Nelson leads the Bengals with 39 tackles. … The Seahawks are led by LBs David Hawthorne (40) and Leroy Hill (39).


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