Week 6 Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals 31, Tennessee Titans 23
What you need to know
Carson Palmer and the Bengalsí offense started the game off slowly and found themselves fall quickly to Tennessee 10-0. The Bengalsí high powered offense was able to move the ball but failed to score on a missed field goal attempt and unsuccessful fourth and one attempt in Tennessee territory. Palmer orchestrated a textbook two minute drill before halftime put Cincinnati on the board and give them some momentum going into the locker room.
Carson Palmer continued his terrific start to the 2005 season with another solid performance, completing 27 passes on 33 attempts for 272 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His two touchdown passes now give him 12 for the season with just two interceptions. Palmer looked confident and poised in the pocket and was deadly accurate in the first half completing 14 of 15 pass attempts. With his performance, Palmer extended his streak to nine straight games with a quarterback rating over 100.
Chad Johnson had a fantastic game with eight receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown. Johnson came up with several outstanding catches and appeared to dominate Titansí rookie CB Pacman Jones throughout the game. He had five receptions for 15 yards or more including his touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Bengalsí defense added two interceptions and a fumble recovery to their league leading total for takeaways. The two interceptions came in the second half and helped swing the momentum back in favor of the Bengals. Tory Jamesí perfectly timed hit on WR Tyron Calico dislodged the ball into the air right into Rookie LB Odell Thurmanís hands and was returned for a Bengalsí touchdown. The forced fumble by Tory James, who also recovered was almost returned for a touchdown but James was ruled down at the one yard line.
Steve McNair did not practice this week due to back spasms but fought through the pain and several crushing hits from the Bengalsí defense. He finished the game completing 26 of 41 attempts for 259 yards, no touchdown and two interceptions. One of the interceptions was not McNairís fault as the ball was knocked loose from the receiver into the hands of a Bengal defender.
The Titans moved the ball well throughout most of the game but struggled in the red zone and had to settle for field goals. Tennessee seemed to focus on the run early and was successful with the ground attack against a vulnerable Bengalsí rush defense. However in the second half the Titans elected to abandon the run and attempted to move the ball through the air. Tennessee had just eight carries in the second half versus 28 pass attempts which proved costly against a strong Bengalsí defensive backfield.
Rookie wide receiver Brandon Jones made a case for the number two receiver opposite Drew Bennett with a very good performance with five catches for 85 yards. Although Jones and McNair looked slightly out of sync early they found themselves on the same page by the end of the game. Jones received a lot of looks from McNair with 12 targets including an end zone target that was overthrown.
What you ought to know
|QB Carson Palmer, Pass: 27 - 33 - 272 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 4 - 0|
Palmer rebounded from last weekís disappointing loss at Jacksonville to guide the Bengals to their fifth victory of the season. He played with plenty of confidence and leadership and rallied the team after falling behind early to Tennessee. Palmer finished the game 27 of 33 for 272 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has not thrown an interception in his last four games and leads the league in touchdowns with 13 for the season. Palmer showed outstanding arm strength and was successful going deep several times in the game. He also was impressive moving out of the pocket and eluding the pass rush and still managing to get the ball to his receivers.
|RB Rudi Johnson, Rush: 18 - 80 - 1, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (1 targets)|
Johnson had a productive day rushing the ball with 80 yards and a touchdown. Most of his success was power running up the middle including his one yard touchdown run. The touchdown was his first since week one of the season against Cleveland. Johnsonís touchdown put the Bengals in front for good with about less than three minutes left in the game.
|RB Chris Perry, Rush: 6 - 28 - 0, Rec: 9 - 45 - 1 (10 targets)|
Perry continues to see more playing time and provides a great change of pace in the backfield for Cincinnati. He was effective running the ball and played a big role coming out of the backfield as a receiver. Although he had just six carries for 28 yards he had a ten yard touchdown run nullified by a holding penalty. Perry scored his first career touchdown on a one yard reception just before halftime. He finished the game with nine catches for 45 yards. His receiving yardage could have been even better had a 43 yard gain not been called back due to a holding penalty.
Johnson was not a factor in the game and caught just one pass for one yard.
Johnson put up some very nice fantasy numbers this week with 135 yards and a touchdown. He had eight catches in the game and seemed to be wide open on most of his receptions beating Rookie CB Pacman Jones often. Johnson had five of his receptions go for 15 yards or more including his touchdown catch. On his touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, with CB Pacman Jones draped all over Johnson, he leaped over the defender to make the catch for the score.
Walter contributed with four catches for 65 yards. He came up big for the Bengals on their first scoring drive with three receptions for 50 yards. During that drive, he came up just shy of the goal line after a 19 yard gain that would set up Perryís touchdown.
Washington was not factor in the game and had just two catches for 13 yards.
Henry got his second straight start for an injured Houshmandzadeh and had some disappointing numbers this week for fantasy owners. Henry saw limited targets and did not see a lot of snaps and finished the game with just one reception for five yards.
Perry did not have a role in the offense and saw most of his playing time on special teams returning kickoffs. Perry did have one carry for seven yards in the game.
Houshmandzadeh was inactive for the second straight week with a severely bruised right hand.
Schobel was not a factor in the Bengalsí offensive plans, as is the case most games, had just one catch for five yards.
Graham made each of his four extra point attempts in the game. He was one of two on field goal connecting from 21 yards away but hooking his 52 yard attempt to the left of the upright.
The Bengalsí rush defense was exposed early in the game as Chris Brown was successful rushing inside and outside for positive yardage. Brown finished the game with 84 yards and two touchdowns but fortunately for Bengalsí fans, Tennessee seemed to abandon the run in the second half. Cincinnati gave up a total of 118 yards on the ground to Tennessee.
The pass defense remains the strength of the Bengalsí defense. They were unable to sack McNair but did put enough pressure on him to force several incomplete passes and two interceptions. Cincinnati allowed 259 passing yards but did not allow Tennessee to score through the air. The two interceptions, one for a touchdown, increased the Bengalsí league lead to 13 interceptions on the season.
|QB Steve McNair, Pass: 26 - 41 - 259 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 7 - 0|
McNair did not practice this week and was listed as questionable coming into the game with back spasms. He passing did not show signs of any affects from the injury but on several attempts, he just did not have the timing down with his receivers which may have been due to missing practice. McNair had 41 passing attempts in the game, completing 26 of them for 259 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. This week was the first game that McNair failed to throw a touchdown pass and his second multiple interception game of the season.
|RB Chris Brown, Rush: 18 - 84 - 2, Rec: 3 - 28 - 0 (3 targets)|
Brown looked well on his way to having a huge day rushing, pounding the ball inside, breaking tackles to get outside and putting the ball in the end zone. He finished the game with 84 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns, still very good fantasy numbers. Brown made it look easy on both scores as lunging across the goal line for his first score from four yards out and bouncing outside for a nine yard score basically untouched. Brown had just five carries after his touchdown run midway through the third quarter. He also contributed with three catches for 28 yards as a receiver and a lost fumble.
Payton saw brief action in the second quarter, relieving Brown for a couple of plays. He had two carries for 11 yards with one of those carries going for negative yardage.
Bennett saw double coverage often but still managed to come away with seven receptions for 61 yards but no touchdowns. He was an end zone target for McNair late in the game but the pass was thrown way out in front of Bennett running to the corner of the end zone. Bennett was also the intended receiver on one of McNairís interception with Bennett in double coverage. He dislocated his thumb and the team will evaluate his injury this week.
Rookie Brandon Jones produced this week with the best game of his young career with five catches for 82 yards. Although most of his yardage came late in the game with Cincinnati playing a little loose on defense, Jones showed good hands and speed in the open field. In addition, he was an end zone target for McNair but was overthrown.
Roby caught his only pass of the game late in the third quarter and saw most of his action on special teams returning kickoffs. He did have two end around rushing attempts for a total of 16 yards.
Calico was limited playing time and had just one catch for three yards. He was the intended receiver on McNairís other interception as the ball was jarred loose from Calicoís hands to a Bengalsí defender.
Kinney did not catch a pass until the second half of the game. He finished with four catches for 52 yards including the longest reception of the game for Tennessee for 27 yards.
Troupe had just 22 yard receiving on four catches, although two of them were on third and short for first downs. He also fumbled in the game but the ball went out of bounds.
Scaife caught his only pass, a gain of nine yards, in the second quarter but saw limited playing time for most of the game.
Bironas put up some pretty good fantasy numbers making both of his extra points in the game and all three field goal attempts. His successful field goals were from 24, 29 and 47 yards away.
The Titansí rush defense played a decent game overall, allowing 119 total yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. The longest gain for scrimmage on the ground for Cincinnati was 12 yards. The Titans allowed just six rushing first downs in the game.
The Titansí pass defense made Carson Palmerís day a fairly easy one as he had his way passing against Tennessee. They allowed Palmer to pass for 272 yards and two touchdowns and did not come up with any takeaways. Tennessee recorded one sack in the game but did not put a lot of pressure on Palmer throughout most of the game. The Titansí inexperienced defensive backfield has given up a NFL leading 13 passing touchdowns this season.