Before the 2011 NFL season, Carson Palmer told the Cincinnati Bengals to trade him or he’ll retire, so the Bengals responded by drafting quarterback Andy Dalton. Palmer was eventually dealt to the Raiders for a load of draft picks, and today was the first time Palmer has returned to Cincinnati to play the Bengals since walking away from the team. The Bengals, and Andy Dalton, showed him up and let him know that he is not missed.
Following the rout against the Raiders, the Bengals are now 6-5, are currently riding a three game winning streak, and their playoff hopes are higher than they have been all season. They are now tied at 6-5 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the have a light schedule until week 16 when they will meet the Steelers again in Pittsburgh.
In the Bengals dominating victory over Carson Palmer and the Raiders, Andy Dalton only completed 16 of his 30 attempts, but three of those completions went for touchdowns, and he threw for 210 yards. A.J. Green only caught three of his nine targets, but those three receptions went for 111 yards. The most impressive player of the game for the Bengals was Benjarvus Green-Ellis, he ran for 129 yards on 19 carries, and made it into the end zone to start the Bengals early onslaught against the Raiders.
Next week the Bengals will travel to the west coast to play the San Diego Chargers.