1:00 PM ET, December 6, 2009
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Benson strong in return as Bengals clinch 2nd winning mark in 19 years
CINCINNATI -- Cedric Benson sprinted onto the field during pregame introductions, a sign he was inspired after missing two games with a bad hip. Tough carry by tough carry, he ran into Cincinnati Bengals history.The running back tied the franchise record with his fifth 100-yard game of the season on Sunday, setting up a 23-13 victory over the Detroit Lions that had even greater significance for the franchise.The Bengals (9-3) assured themselves of a winning record for only the second time in 19 years. The other one came in 2005, when Cincinnati won the AFC North and lost its opening playoff game to Pittsburgh. The latest win left Cincinnati with a 2½-game lead over Baltimore, which plays at Green Bay on Monday night.
• The Bengals improved to 3-0 vs. the NFC this season, and coach Marvin Lewis tied Paul Brown for second in team history with his 55th victory. Only Sam Wyche (64) has more.
• Cedric Benson carried the ball 36 times (two shy of his career high) for 110 yards. That's his fifth 100-yard game of the season, tying a team record, and he became the third different Bengal to rush for at least 100 in as many weeks (joining Bernard Scott and Larry Johnson).
• Chad Ochocinco caught nine balls for a season-high 137 yards and one TD. It's the most receiving yards he's had in a game since Sept. 23, 2007, against the Seahawks.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Lions CB William James suffered a pinched nerve in the second half, another blow to an injury-depleted defense. ... Rookie Bernard Scott and newcomer Larry Johnson also have run for more than 100 yards in the Bengals' past three games. Their seven 100-yard games overall this season also match the franchise record. ... Ochocinco hadn't caught a touchdown pass since Oct. 25 against Chicago, going the next four games without one.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.7||4.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-1||0-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|TD||3:36||Calvin Johnson 54 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 54 yds, 0:00
|TD||12:00||Jonathan Fanene 45 Yard Interception Return (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 36 yds, 4:32
|TD||6:04||Chad Ochocinco 36 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 85 yds, 4:18
|FG||0:14||Shayne Graham 44 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 36 yds, 0:59
|FG||8:08||Shayne Graham 39 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 57 yds, 6:57
|FG||8:15||Shayne Graham 23 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 17 plays, 74 yds, 9:58
|TD||1:39||Kevin Smith 2 Yard Run (Daunte Culpepper Pass to Calvin Johnson For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 58 yds, 1:20