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The Stat Line of the Night – 10/25/09 – Cedric Benson
Total Pro Sports – The theme yesterday afternoon in Cincinnati was revenge as Bengals’ running back Cedric Benson faced off against his former club, the Chicago Bears. Those same Bears that drafted Benson in the first round back in 2005, only to let him go two years later. As you would expect, he came into this game with something to prove, and did just that.
There were several stars on the offensive side of the ball for Cincy. Quarterback Carson Palmer threw for an impressive five touchdowns, and wideout Chad Ochocinco was too much for the Bears’ corners as he piled up ten receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns, but the story of the day was the play of Benson. On 37 attempts, he rushed for a career high 189 yards and topped it all off with a late touchdown on route to a lopsided 45-10 victory. It was the type of statement any player would like to make against their former team, earning him “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Sunday, October 25, 2009.
After flying under the radar throughout the preseason, the Bengals now head into their bye week tied atop of the division with a surprising 5-2 record. Their offense appears to back to where it was in 2005, when they last made the playoffs. Palmer and Ochocinco are connecting often, they have found a running game thanks to the resurgence of Benson, and the defense is finally what coach Marvin Lewis had envisioned when he was first hired to turn things around. What was supposed to be a party between the Ravens and the Steelers at the top of the AFC North has now been crashed by the Bengals. Don’t expect these cardiac cats to die down anytime soon.