Wrap-up: Bengals 34, Raiders 10
November, 25, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
My thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 34-10 win over the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium:
What it means: It wasn't a reunion. It was an ambush. The Bengals dominated Carson Palmer in his first game back to Cincinnati since they granted his request and traded him last year. The streaky Bengals have won three games in a row after losing four straight. Cincinnati improved to 6-5, the first time it has had a winning record since Week 5, and moved into a tie with the Steelers. The undermanned Raiders fell to 3-8.
Dalton outduels Palmer: One reason why the Bengals traded Palmer was they had Andy Dalton. And Dalton was the best quarterback on the field, completing 16 of 30 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Palmer was 19 of 34 for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Running it up: The Raiders were without their top two running backs, but the Bengals had their best one. BenJarvus Green-Ellis gained 129 yards on 19 carries (6.7-yard average), which marks the first time in his career that he went over 100 yards in consecutive games. He had the two longest runs of his career (48 and 39 yards), both of which led to touchdowns.
Jumping out early: The Bengals scored touchdowns on three of their first four drives to take a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter. At that point, Cincinnati had as many touchdowns (three) as Palmer had completions. During the three-game winning streak, the Bengals have outscored opponents 62-12 in the first half.
Green's streak ends: A.J. Green's streak of nine straight games with a touchdown catch ended. But he still made an impact in the win. He led the Bengals with 111 yards receiving on just three catches. Rookie third-round pick Mohamed Sanu had two touchdown catches, including a one-handed one on a fade route.
What's next: The Bengals go cross-country to play at the Chargers.