Bengals Are Back
The Cincinnati Bengals are back as an AFC contender.
Just a few weeks ago, the Bengals seemed to be regressing for the first time during Coach Marvin Lewis's tenure. They'd lost three straight and five of six games to drop their record to 4-5, and a season that began with high hopes was slipping away.
All of that is a fading memory now. They beat the Baltimore Ravens, 13-7, Thursday night in Cincinnati for their third consecutive triumph. They kept the Ravens, who fell to 9-3, from clinching the AFC North, and they stayed in the thick of the wild card chase.
A Bengals defense that had looked oh-so-vulnerable during the 1-5 slide nearly pitched its second shutout in a row. The Ravens crossed midfield only once in the first three quarters and didn't score until just over a minute remained in the game. Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer was solid again; his passer rating of "only" 97.7 ended a streak of three straight games in which it had been above 120. He threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh on a third-quarter flea-flicker.
"We're rolling now," Palmer told reporters after the game. "Hopefully we'll wind up getting a spot in the playoffs."
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