Bengals-Packers news and notes


Cedric Benson rumbled for 141 yards. (AP photo)

Posted: 6 p.m.

» Sunday was Cedric Benson's fourth 100-yard game as a Bengal and his second most rushing yards (169 at Cleveland last year).

» Benson said he suffered a slight ankle sprain in the first quarter but he indicated he will be fine. After Benson made a wondrous play on third-and-two as the clock went under seven minutes when he dodged three tacklers stringing out a play behind the line of scrimmage for a 14-yard gain to the left perimeter, quarterback Carson Palmer said, "His will and his drive is something we feed off offensively. The group we have in front of him is creating holes for him and is doing a good getting a push and moving the line of scrimmage. Combine the power we have up front and Cedric's will, speed, explosiveness and all that, that's what we expect. We're going to expect that all year long."

» The Packers offensive line had to undergo a massive switch when starting left tackle Chad Clifton left the game on the first series of the second half after getting injured. Green Bay moved left guard Daryn Colledge to left tackle and center Jason Stitz moved from center to left guard. The flux on the Packers line helped Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom on his way to a team record-tying five sacks.

"He really wore out Clifton before he got hurt," Bengals safety Chris Crocker said of Odom. "Then he got the backup. To go from the starter to a backup, that's a huge difference."

It was the first time an NFL player had at least five sacks in a game since the Giants' Osi Umenyiora got six on Sept. 30, 2007 against the Eagles. The Bengals had a total of six sacks, their most since they had seven in the 2006 opener in Kansas City.

» Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga forced a key Packers fumble off a hit on a short pass to running back Ryan Grant that teammate Pat Sims recovered to thwart a Packers drive in the second half at the Cincinnati 38. Maualuga also logged his first NFL sack when he blitzed and caused another fumble after drilling quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but the Pack recovered. 

"We had to make a statement and what better place than Lambeau Field?" Maualuga said.

» Carson Palmer had an up-and-down day with three touchdown passes but two costly interceptions that led to 14 Packers points.

"I gave them 14 points and we can't continue to do that and beat good teams like Pittsburgh next week," Palmer said. "The first one was a bad decision. I should have thrown it downfield. The second one I didn't see (Packers cornerback Charles Woodson) until he had the ball going the other way."

He got reacquainted with wide receiver Chris Henry when his five-yard touchdown pass tied the game on a big third-down pass with 1:28 left in the half. It was Palmer and Henry's first connection since December 2007. All Henry does is catch touchdowns from Palmer. Out of 90 completions they've hooked up on, 18 have been for touchdows. They are 1-for-2 this year.

Henry said offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski has to get the credit for this one because Henry was so wide open over the middle in the back of the end zone. The Pack was so convinced that Henry was running his patented fade in the corner of the end zone that they jumped wide receiver Andre Caldwell underneath.

"Sold the Nine (route)," Henry said. "All I had to do was push him hard to the fade and break back in the post and I was wide open."

» Chad Ochocinco was wearing a black "Kiss the Baby" T-shirt after the game. He said he set up the Lambeau Leap with Bengals fans via Twitter. "I wanted to show the Packers fans who stuck to their tradition," he said. As we was looking for his Leap Location, he said he heard from Bengals fans but not many Packers fans.

» Ochocinco had four catches for 91 yards, his biggest day since the 2007 finale.

"It's crazy what I'm doing with the ball after the catch," he said. "Talk to Coach Lewis and talk to Coach Bratkowski because I can't explain it myself."

» Bengals special teams coach Darrin Simmons had a nice day with Quan Cosby's two big punt returns (a 60-yarder and a 32-yarder) and punter Kevin Huber's nice day of two kicks inside the 20 and a 61-yarder.  

"It's nice to have two rookies come through like that," Simmons said. "All it comes down to, really, is the blocking and everyone blocked their butts off on those two returns."

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