The Bengals are for real and Chad Ochocinco didn’t even pay me to say that. Cincinnati went on the road and beat Pittsburgh 18-12 this afternoon — a defensive slugfest with the only touchdown coming on a 96-yard kickoff return by Bernard Scott late in the first quarter. Shayne Graham and Jeff Reed each had four field goals, though Reed’s feat is a bit more impressive considering he was likely drunk.
Cincinnati improves to 7-2 with the win, including 4-0 against division powerhouses Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Have they proven themselves legitimate contenders? Well, it would seem that way, but since they’re still the Bengals, they might have to win it all to make believers out of most. Still, nice to see them go in and leave a mark on a division mostly run by the Steelers and the Ravens the past 131 years or so.
Elsewhere, it was a another rough week for my boy Kyle Orton, who threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before leaving with an ankle injury and watching his Bronco mates fall to the dreadful Redskins, 27-17. No word on the extent of the injury, which was suffered on a scramble late in the second quarter. The loss was Denver’s third straight after starting 6-0.
Other scores from Sunday: Carolina 28, Atlanta 19; Miami 25, Tampa Bay 23; Minnesota 27, Detroit 10; Jacksonville 24, NY Jets 22; New Orleans 28, St. Louis 23; Tennessee 41, Buffalo 17; Kansas City 16, Oakland 10; Arizona 31, Seattle 20.
The game of your lifetime comes tonight, with Brian Hoyer and the Pats in Indy to face the undefeated Colts. Enjoy it, because Monday night is a stinker, with Cleveland hosting Baltimore.