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Bengals beat Lions, close in on AFC North title

Chad Ochocinco will get most of the attention for his big game and his post-touchdown antics, but the Cincinnati Bengals’ 23-13 win over the Detroit Lions was a total team effort — and another step toward an AFC North title for Cincinnati.

The win improves the Bengals’ record to 9-3 and just about wraps up the division: Cincinnati owns the tiebreaker over both the Pittsburgh Steelers (who fell to 6-6 with today’s loss to the Raiders) and the Baltimore Ravens (who are 6-5 and play the Packers Monday night). Barring a total collapse, the AFC North belongs to the Bengals.

Today’s game belonged to the Bengals thanks to both Ochocinco (who had nine catches for 137 yards) and Cedric Benson (who had 36 carries for 110 yards). The Bengals’ offense was far from perfect, with Carson Palmer throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble, but Cincinnati did what it needed to do: Took an early lead against the Lions and protected that lead.

The Lions played a typical Lions game: Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was superb, catching six passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, but the rest of the team was lousy. The game had a particularly ugly ending for Detroit as rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford appeared to aggravate the injury to his non-throwing shoulder he suffered two weeks ago. Stafford ended the game on the sidelines, with Daunte Culpepper playing in his place.

The Lions have been the laughingstocks of the league for several years, but they can take solace in knowing that the Bengals spent quite a few years as the laughingstocks of the league, too. Now the Bengals have clinched a winning record and are heading toward the playoffs.

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13 Responses to “Bengals beat Lions, close in on AFC North title”
  1. iluvsports2 says: Dec 6, 2009 4:51 PM

    It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win. Even sweeter with a Steeler lose.

  2. iluvsports2 says: Dec 6, 2009 4:52 PM

    It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win. Even sweeter with a Steeler loss.

  3. shinsnake says: Dec 6, 2009 4:53 PM

    Thanks Raiders! Let’s go Browns! Could be a great football weekend for me, Bearcats win, Bengals win, Steelers lose, and New England loses. Too bad about Texas, but hey, can’t have everything!

  4. kazkal says: Dec 6, 2009 5:09 PM

    Glad the steelers loss makes our loss to the raiders easier to swallow…Their a dangerous bad team Bruce is good at moving around and their Defense is still dangerous…
    WHODEY Now time to stomp the vikings.

  5. HardcoreH1 says: Dec 6, 2009 5:20 PM

    Where are the Steelers fans now? Oh yeah, they run and hide when they lose. Karma caught up to the dirtiest team in the league this week.

  6. PervyHarvin says: Dec 6, 2009 5:42 PM

    kazkal says:
    December 6, 2009 5:09 PM
    WHODEY Now time to stomp the vikings.
    ===================================
    LOL That was a good one!! Joke I meant. You guys watch us tonight, see your Daddy Favre next Sunday.

  7. thecrazytomato says: Dec 6, 2009 6:54 PM

    PervyHarvin says: December 6, 2009 5:42 PM
    LOL That was a good one!! Joke I meant. You guys watch us tonight, see your Daddy Favre next Sunday………………….
    As much garbage as you talk, you better hope you win. Or will you just disappear into the darkness, and make a new name?

  8. Ned Mark says: Dec 6, 2009 7:03 PM

    It’s really no wonder the Lions are as bad as they, just look at the way they’re handling Matt Staffords shoulder injury. From everything I’ve seen the kid looks like he may turn out to a good QB, but I don’t think the Lions are helping his developement by making him play with the injury.
    As far as the game goes, it sure weren’t purdy, but the good guys won again and that’s all that really counts. playtime’s over though, we’re moving up to big league next couple weeks.

  9. Bayern says: Dec 6, 2009 7:40 PM

    PercyHarvin: Wait till we make Daddy Favre our b…h next Sunday!

  10. BengalsDouche2 says: Dec 7, 2009 9:04 AM

    These Vikes fans will disappear next year. Don’t worry. Old man Favre will be gone and “retire” again only to sign with the Cardinals since Grandpa Warner broke a hip again. Then the Vikes will disappear into the darkness until they sign another one year fluke of a QB.

  11. PittSqueelers says: Dec 7, 2009 10:26 AM

    PercyHarvin: Good thing your Vikings played well last night. did they even show up?

  12. CurseofBoJackson says: Dec 7, 2009 1:29 PM

    Let it begin Pervy, Vikings better have some heart, and Farve better have some painkillers (whoops!) ready for next sunday. We’ll find out a ton about both teams, how Vikings react to a bad loss, and whether bengals actually have a functioning passing game, Carson’s looked bad the past three weeks, I’m honestly not encouraged. I am also not worried, this D and running game makes up for A LOT. Maybe Farve can borrow your old smelling salts Pervy? He’ll need ‘em.

  13. beer_beer_beer_beer says: Dec 7, 2009 2:56 PM

    PervyHarvin says:
    December 6, 2009 5:42 PM
    kazkal says:
    December 6, 2009 5:09 PM
    WHODEY Now time to stomp the vikings.
    ===================================
    LOL That was a good one!! Joke I meant. You guys watch us tonight, see your Daddy Favre next Sunday.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    We watched….. the old gunslinger was back to old antics.. I -N -T – S, BRETT BRETT BRETT.

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