A lot of different scenarios were predicted for this game, a 45-10 Bengals romp was not one of them.
Up 21-0 in the first 17 minutes the Bengals never looked back. It was a complete beat down.
The Bengals scored 31 points in the first half, their most in the first half since scoring 31 on Sept. 23, 1990, vs. New England.
After a disappointing home loss to the Houston Texans, the Cincinnati Bengals came out and took the Chicago Bears to the woodshed. They beat them senseless and threw away the escape key. The Bengals surpassed last seasons win total in the process.
When it was all said and done, Cedric Benson had a career day with 189 yards and a TD. He showed the Bears what they were missing with multiple plays of tackle breaking, ankle turning runs. He showed his old team the speed and agility they thought they had when he was drafted fourth overall in 2005.
"He wanted to get back at us," Bears safety Danieal Manning said. "We expected that, and would expect nothing less."
Benson was so inspired that he got a little too excited.
"There were a few times where I may have gotten a little too hyped up, a little too antsy," he said. "A couple of drives, I found myself having to calm myself down and gather my emotions to stay poised. Once I got past that, we were good to go. Keep it rolling."
"Everybody knew. What a wonderful day and a wonderful thing, to go out there and strut your stuff."
He simply looked faster than the Bears D, after his first 31 carries he possessed a nine yard per carry average with only a long of 26. He consistently was getting first downs on seemingly every play. The Bengals finished the game with 30 first downs to the Bears 15.
The Bengals were superb in all facets of the game. QB Carson Palmer torched the Bears secondary for five touchdowns and 233 yards while completing 20 of 24 throws. Every ball was on the target and Palmer was only a victim of two drops on the day and no turnovers. Huge improvements over last week’s drop fest and tight end nightmare.
The O-line had zero penalties and Pamler wasn’t even sneezed on by Bear defenders. The 6’9 Dennis Roland out of Georgia has shown Andre Smith that he will not be just handed a starting position when he is healthy.
WR Chad OchoCinco recorded his second 100-yard receiving game in as many weeks for the first time since September 2007. He hauled in 10 receptions for 118 yards and two TDs. He was wide open in single coverage for most of the game. OchoCinco was making CB Charles Tillman “kiss the baby” all game long.
The Bengals line was dominant on both sides of the ball. After losing the league leader in sacks last week Antwan Odom’s replacements filled in nicely. DE Frostee Rucker had a sack and three QB hits and DE Michael Johnson was in QB Jay Cutler face on numerous occasions.
CB Leon Hall had two INT’s with substantial return yards to boot both times. SS Chris Crocker had a pick as well. Linebackers Dhani Jones and Keith Rivers shut down TE Greg Olson (24 yards) and did not miss any tackles.
Even the special teams had zero penalties. All the long snaps were accurate and punter Kevin Huber only recorded one official punt. Now that is the best way to neutralize the Bear’s stud punt return-man Devin Hester
In a statement game for both teams, the Bengals physically pounded the Bears. The Bengals could do anything they pleased. Carson Palmer looked light years better than Jay Cutler and his three INTs.
The Bengals confidence has returned, making the bye week a lot more enjoyable. Resilient 5-2 sounds a whole lot better than reeling 4-3. With Baltimore and a trip to Pittsburgh on the slate after the bye, nothing has been determined yet. But I think it is safe to say this years Bengals are playoff material.
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