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Saints pass Bengals as the last NFL team to score 60 points in game


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The Cincinnati Bengals under head coach Sam Wyche were the last NFL team to score 60 points in a game.

That happened in Week 15 in 1989, as Cincinnati demolished the Houston Oilers at Riverfront Stadium, 61-7.

This past Sunday night, the New Orleans Saints derailed the Indianapolis Colts 62-7. So the Bengals have to share the honor with the Saints.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & NFL news

Bengals shock Browns in season opener, 27-17


A.J. Green (U of Georgia photo)

Rookie wide receiver A.J. Green caught Cleveland’s secondary napping to score his first career catch, a 41-yard touchdown from backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski as the Cincinnati Bengals spoiled a sloppy debut by Cleveland under new head coach Pat Shurmur.

The Bengals won 27-17.

Gradkowski, who played for the Browns in 2008, came on in relief of injured rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, called for a quick snap as the Browns were still trying to figure out the Bengals offensive alignment, lobbed the ball to Green, who scored with 4:31 to go in the game and shocked the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland Stadium.

The Browns fell to 1-12 in season openers since their return to the NFL in 1999.

Another bright spot was Bengals running back Cedric Benson, who rushed for 121 yards and cemented the game with a 39-yard run down the right sideline for a TD with 1:49 to play.

Dalton, the Bengals rookie QB, looked good in the team’s first three drives. The second-round pick from TCU, took advantage of good field position to help the team to a 13-0 lead; two Mike Nugent field goals of 24 and 47 yards and a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham.

But the Browns came alive in the second quarter after a long Joshua Cribbs kickoff return.

Cleveland QB Colt McCoy threw a 34-yard TD pass to tight end Benjamin Watson halfway through the second quarter for their first score.

McCoy then threw a 56-yard completion to Mohammed Massaquoi, the longest pass of his career, set up a 2-yard TD to tight end Evan Moore, three plays later and the Browns led 14-13.

McCoy, is the Browns’ eighth different opening-game QB in the last nine seasons.

The Browns led 14-13 at the half despite shooting itself in the foot with 10 penalties for 67 yards. While the Bengals were concered about their rookie QB Dalton, who had his right wrist injured in the second quarter. Although X-rays did not show anything severe at halftime, the Bengals coaching staff turned to the veteran Gradkowski, who had looked very capable as a backup during the preseason.

Dalton looked very poised and under control in his NFL debut. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 81 yards for a TD and a quarterback rating of 102.4.

During the game, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis became the longest tenured coach in team history when he began his ninth season with the team. He passed owner and founder Paul Brown (1969-75) and Sam Wyche (1984-91). He will soon become the winningest coach in franchise history.

The Bengals played the game without starting offensive guard Bobbie Williams, who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy against using performance enhancing substances.

Info compiled from Radio, TV, NFL, Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns news

Bengals owner Mike Brown gives Lewis contract extension

Marvin Lewis (file photo)

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown, who doesn’t listen to what the media or public says about how he runs his operation, pulled a stunner on Tuesday.

Everybody around the sports world kept saying that the Bengals would fire Marvin Lewis or that he didn’t want to stay unless the Bengals changed their scouting department, build a practice facility and let him make decisions on coaches and players.

Well, the Bengals won’t be changing their scouting staff or building a practice field at the current moment, but Brown is bringing back Marvin Lewis for at least two more seasons.

Say what you want about Coach Lewis, next to the popular Sam Wyche and team founder Paul Brown, he has been very successful in getting the Bengals some respect around the NFL by getting players to look at Cincinnati as a place of employment when in years past with other coaches like David Shula, Bruce Coslet and Dick LeBeau were unsuccessful. Even when the Bengals were losing games this year, the players still played hard for him and they even lobbied for him to stay.

Lewis decided to stay in Cincinnati and accepted an unspecified contract extension that will make him the longest-tenured coach in team history. Owner Mike Brown agreed to changes in the coaching staff and the roster as part of the deal, which left both men comfortable knowing they can still work together.

The Bengals have only had two winning seasons and two playoff appearances in the last 20 years, both under Lewis who has a record of 60-69-1 in eight seasons.

Brown in the press conference implied that the contract was for at least two years but would not give more specific details. He said if the Bengals show improvement, the contract would get longer.

With the new deal, Lewis will surpass Paul Brown and Sam Wyche for the longest coaching tenure.

Brown did say they have the right to cover one of the practice fields across the street from Paul Brown Stadium but would have to pay for it.

There will definitely be changes to the offensive coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski has not been well received by the fans and some players because of his play-calling over the years, but especially this year. He just finished his 10th season and will probably be the scape-goat for the struggling offense.

The defensive staff under Mike Zimmer is on solid ground. They kept the Bengals in several games that they could’ve won if it weren’t for the offensive struggles.

compiled from staff & Cincinnati Bengals news

Terrell Owens getting comfortable with Bengals offense; Bengals win 22-9 over Eagles


This story contains audio from WR Terrell Owens and PK David Rayner of the Bengals

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Terrell Owens is starting show why the Bengals took a chance and signed him to a contract.

Owens caught a 43-yard pass along the right sideline, setting up the only touchdown by the Bengals starting offensive unit Friday night in a 22-9 preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Owens showed that at 36 he still has alot left in the tank.

He caught 3 passes for 67 yards, a 22.3 average. His old team, the Eagles had a tought time keeping up with him.

Owens caught a long perfectly thrown ball from Carson Palmer along the Eagles sideline, stretching over defensive back Joselio Hanson to pull it in going out of bounds at the 6-yard line. Running back Bernard Scott ran it in on the next play.

Terrell Owens (NFL)

Carson Palmer (NFL)

Cedric Peerman (NFL)

The Bengals are glad that they signed Owens. With their other free-agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant nursing a troublesome left knee, the team would be hurting right now. It was quarterback Carson Palmer who urged Bengals management to sign the outspoken receiver.

The Bengals second star of the game was Carson Palmer. He was 15 0f 23 for 169 yards with two interceptions.

The third star of the game was rookie running back Cedric Peerman out of Virginia. He ran 12 times for 47 yards and had two touchdowns with runs of  1 and 22 yards.

Donovan McNabb replacement, Kevin Kolb went 11 of 17 for 126 yards. But the Eagles offense only managed three David Akers field goals of 40, 25 and 48 yards. Penalties and non-execution hurt them in the red zone.

SOUNDS FROM THE BENGALS POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

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* Friday was the 10th all-time preseason meeting between the Bengals and Eagles. It’s tied at 5-5, with the Bengals leading 4-1 in Cincinnati.

In regular season play, the Bengals lead 7-3-1, including 3-0-1 as the home team. In the last meeting at Paul Brown Stadium in 2008, the teams battled for five quarters to a 13-13 deadlock, the first NFL tie game since 2002, and there has not been a tie since.

* The Philadelphia game marked the second of three preseason games when Bengals WR Terrell Owens will face one of his former teams. The first was August 8 vs. Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, when Owens caught two passes for 18 yards in brief action.

Owens played for the Eagles in 2004 and 2005. On August 28, he’ll be in action at Buffalo, for whom he played last season.

* Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ win total of 56 ranks him second in franchise history (regular season and postseason) behind Sam Wyche, who won 64 games during an eight-year coaching career (1984-1991). With nine wins in 2010, Lewis can pass Wyche into first place. In 2009, Lewis passed Paul Brown (55 wins) into second place.

* The Bengals have one more open practice for the public to watch. It’ll take place Sunday August 22 in Dayton, Ohio and a capacity crowd of 11,000 isexpected for the afternoon session at Welcome Stadium. the practice is free, but attendance will be limited to persons who have secured free passes in advance. That supply was exhausted on august 16.

* The Philadelphia Eagles have 31 new players on their team with 10 on the offensive side of the ball. They have just three players who were on the 2004 Super Bowl team, Quintin Mikell, David Akers and Jamaal Jackson.

* The 2010 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Eagles 1960 NFL Championship. The Eagles will be wearing their throwback uniforms in the regular season opener against Green Bay, who they beat in the championship game 50 years ago.