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Chad Ochocinco "Leaps" the Bengals to a Win Over the Highly Favored Packers

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIISeptember 20, 2009

Earlier in the week Chad Ochocinco vowed to score against the Packers on Sunday and do the Lambeau Leap in celebration. 
 
On Sunday Ochocinco did both, helping his team pick up a victory in the process. 
 
The Cincinnati Bengals were 8.5 point underdogs to the home-town Green Bay Packers, but ended up defeating the Pack by seven points with a 31-24 victory. 
 
For all those who said that Green Bay's corners were too physical and that Ochocinco would be shut down... 
 
You were wrong. 
 
And it should come as little surprise, seeing as Ochocinco has been one of the most productive and consistent receivers of this past decade. 
 
All it took was one injured season without his starting quarterback for critics to decide that Ochocinco was finished. 
 
That has not been the case this season. 
 
Over the first two games, Ochocinco has caught nine passes for 176 yards and a touchdown, and while that might not seem too impressive at first glance, if he maintains this pace for the entire season his stat line will look like this:
 
72 receptions for 1,440 yards and eight touchdowns. 
 
Hardly production to shrug your shoulders at. 
 
Now consider the fact that he has been playing with a quarterback who missed most of last season and is taking time to get back into regular form, and it wouldn't be hard to imagine a spike in his production as the season progresses. 
 
Further, Ochocinco has put up these numbers against some of the best corners in the league: Champ Bailey, Charles Woodson, and Al Harris.
 
So as it stands right now, the Bengals are 1-1 after losing a game they should have won and winning a game they should have lost. 
 
It should be noted that they are facing the vaunted Steelers defense next week so there is a chance that Ochocinco could be slowed down, but I know exactly what Chad would say if you asked him if he was worried... 
 
"Child Please!"

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