Sunday, September 20, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Bengals 31, Packers 24
By James Walker
Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Cincinnati Bengals played like the sleeper team many expected this season in Sunday's, 31-24, upset of the Packers at Lambeau Field.
The win was huge for Cincinnati (1-1), which didn’t want to fall to 0-2 heading into next week’s AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It also showed a strong will to bounce back from a heart-breaking loss in Week 1 to the Denver Broncos.
A player who also bounced back in this game was Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. He had two picks in the first half, including one returned for a touchdown. But Palmer finished with three touchdown passes, including a sharp, 13-yard score to receiver Chad Ochocinco in the third quarter that put Cincinnati ahead for good.
A lot of credit also should go to the Bengals’ defense for holding Green Bay's high-powered offense to just three points in the second half. Even two of Green Bay’s three touchdowns in the first half were a direct result of Palmer’s interceptions.
Green Bay recovered a late onside kick to provide another scare for Cincinnati, but this time the Bengals held on. With the Bengals getting in the win column, expect next week’s game against Pittsburgh to be huge. It should provide a good measuring stick for a Bengals team looking to take the next step this season.