Thud! That was the sound heard æround Cincinnati Sunday evening, as the 2009 Bengals bandwagon dropped off a few thousand patrons following a 20-17 turnover-filled loss to the Oakland Raiders in week 11. In a week that saw the queen of conservative politics blaze through Cincinnati on her cross-country book tour, the apprehensive attitude seemed to rub off on the BengalsÆ play calling. Cincinnati offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski made good on a promise to focus on the run game despite the loss of running back Cedric Benson, distributing 36 carries between Bernard Scott, Brian Leonard, and Larry Johnsonùcomplimented by a few scampers by Carson Palmer. As the reliance on the run became evident in the second half, Oakland was able to creep their safeties closer to the line of scrimmage, ...
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