The story of Cincinnati’s defense might be summed up by this quote from a Bengals announcer.
The Raiders have more players ejected than touchdowns today.
It was said after two Oakland players, along with Andrew Whitworth of the Cincinnati Bengals were all ejected following a large skirmish during the fourth quarter. It was a play that followed a botched call by the referees when an “inadvertent whistle” cost the Raiders a touchdown via a Cincinnati fumble.
Carson Palmer was pressured time and time again, as the Raiders protection was under fire all afternoon from the Bengals’ front four.
It was only in the third quarter that the Raiders offense started to gain momentum, scoring a touchdown after starting with good field position. However, when it looked like Palmer was leading the Raiders downfield once more, Manny Lawson swatted the football out of the former Bengals quaterbacks’ hands, and Rey Maualuga fell on it for the second Raiders turnover of the day.
It led to a second field goal from Mike Nugent, and the Bengals never looked back. Andy Dalton threw his third touchdown of the day to Jermaine Gresham, and Cincinnati rolled to a 34-10 victory in front of the home crowd.