Cincinnati Cruises Past Philadelphia 22-9 In Preseason Action

August 21, 2010 – By Scott

Terrell Owens played his second game in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform on Friday and had a great night in limited action. Owens caught a 43-yard pass from quarterback Carson Palmer that set up the only touchdown by the starting offense in their 22-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The catch surely showed that he still has a lot to offer in terms of his ability according to Owens.

“According to sources and anybody that analyzes talent or what-have-you: I’m 36, I’ve slowed down, I don’t have it anymore,” Owens said. “I’m a different person. I’m very talented, I keep myself in shape. So everybody can think I’ve slowed down. If they want to play me like that, that’s fine.”

Owens finished the game with 3 catches for 67 yards. Palmer looks forward to working with Owens in the upcoming 2010 NFL season.

“He’s as good as anyone when he gets on top of a corner,” Palmer said. “We’re going to take shots when we get opportunities.”

The Eagles set out a goal in this game to get a touchdown by their starting offense, but once again failed to do so. In their preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, quarterback Kevin Kolb led them on two drives that resulted in just field goals. The result was the same on Friday, six possessions, two field goals. One main disappointment was their starting offense failed to score on a defense that had mostly reserves after getting the ball down to the 7-yard line and facing first-and-goal.

“We’ve got to be better than that,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “You can’t have the penalties in the red zone that we did.”

The Bengals got on the board first in the second quarter on a six-yard touchdown run by Bernard Scott. The Eagles managed just two field goals in the quarter by David Akers and entered halftime trailing 7-6. With just 2 seconds left to go in the third, Ackers would nail his third field goal of the game from 48 yards out to give the Eagles their only lead of the game.

Bengals running back Cedric Peerman would give Cincinnati the lead back on his first of two touchdown runs with 11:41 remaining and also scored on the two-point conversion. The lead was now at 15-9, but Peerman, who finished with 47 yards rushing, added another touchdown run from 1 yard out that gave the Bengals a 22-9 lead.

Palmer finished the game connecting on 15 of 23 pass attempts for 169 yards, but also had two picks, both of them occurring while trying to get the ball to Chad Ochocinco. Kolb finished with 126 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions.

The Bengals will enter the regular season with their odds set at 25/1 to win Super Bowl XLV according to NFL sportsbooks. The Eagles have their odds set at 25/1.

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