1:00 PM ET, October 22, 2006
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The call came in. The gamble was on. The Bengals were putting the game into the pleading hands of Chad Johnson.The brash receiver had been begging for the chance.
|Breakthrough For Bengals?|
Just before Chad Johnson decided his 20 minutes of primping was sufficient to prepare him for entertaining the mostly fawning media contingent here on Sunday evening, the Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver reached under his designer sweatshirt and spritzed himself with a couple shots of cologne. An appropriate move, given that Johnson helped remove some of the stigma from a Bengals offense that certainly hadn't smelled anything like the high-octane unit of a year ago.
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|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
|This game was a great NFC-AFC battle. Quarterback Carson Palmer (right) and the Bengals mixed in the no-huddle offense to keep the Panthers defense off-balance. This allowed running back Rudi Johnson to have success on the ground and also opened up the short and intermediate areas of the passing game. Also, the Bengals' makeshift offensive line did a great job in their individual matchups against a good Panthers defensive line. Defensively, the Benglas did a great job of forcing the Panthers into being a one-dimensional team by controlling the line scrimmage and restricting the running lanes of running back DeShaun Foster.|
Rudi Johnson ran for 101 yards, ending the Panthers' streak of holding their last four opponents under 100 yards on the ground. ... DE Julius Peppers wasn't involved in the Panthers' two sacks, ending his streak of five straight games with a sack. ... Cincinnati had only 99 yards in the first half, when it failed to get a first down on five of its six possessions. In the second half, the Bengals had 243 yards and 15 first downs. ... Carolina was 0-for-5 on third downs in the second half.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||4.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||12:51||Kris Mangum 7 Yd Pass From Jake Delhomme (John Kasay Kick) |
Drive: 9 plays, 66 yds, 5:06
|TD||11:44||Reggie Kelly 16 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick) |
Drive: 13 plays, 80 yds, 5:20
|TD||14:13||Nick Goings 20 Yd Pass From Jake Delhomme (John Kasay Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 63 yds, 2:29
|FG||7:54||Shayne Graham 23 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 39 yds, 3:31
|TD||6:53||T.J. Houshmandzadeh 1 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick) |
Drive: 13 plays, 86 yds, 6:01