1:00 PM ET, December 10, 2006
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Only a month ago, the Cincinnati Bengals looked like they were on the verge of imploding. The defending AFC North champs were openly pouting and regularly losing.Look at them now.
The red-hot Bengals, winners of four straight, did things a little differently this week. Facing the Raiders' top-ranked pass defense, they emphasized the run. Rudi Johnson (above) rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals were able to spread the field with multiple-receiver sets, which spread out Oakland's defense. That gave Johnson plenty of room to run between the tackles.
As usual, Oakland's offense was not up to the task and struggled to move consistently against a resurgent defense. The Bengals have only allowed 17 points in the last 12 quarters.
Bengals CB Deltha O'Neal was inactive, a day after his arrest for drunken driving. Coach Marvin Lewis declined to talk about the benching. O'Neal is the eighth Bengal player arrested this year. ... Janikowski is 14-for-21 on field goals this season, when he's had back problems. ... The last time the Bengals had a pair of 100-yard receivers in the same game was Dec. 5, 2004 at Baltimore, when Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson both topped the mark in a 27-26 win. ... DE Robert Geathers sacked Brooks twice, leaving him with 10.5 this season. He's the first Bengal with a double-digit sack total since Alfred Williams in 1992. ... Chad Johnson topped Isaac Curtis' career record for 100-yard games.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.8||6.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||6:26||Chris Henry 8 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick) |
Drive: 9 plays, 61 yds, 5:29
|TD||12:33||Rudi Johnson 9 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 59 yds, 3:21
|FG||14:38||Sebastian Janikowski 33 Yd |
Drive: 13 plays, 39 yds, 5:00
|TD||9:29||Rudi Johnson 6 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick) |
Drive: 13 plays, 88 yds, 7:37
|TD||14:01||T.J. Houshmandzadeh 20 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Two-Point Conversion Failed) |
Drive: 5 plays, 51 yds, 1:54
|TD||3:34||Ronald Curry 5 Yd Pass From Aaron Brooks (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) |
Drive: 11 plays, 76 yds, 4:33