"B.S. Kinder? I'm not kind, I'm still the same. Nothing's changed. We just haven't been as successful as we were last year, so I couldn't be as bold."
On Coach Marvin Lewis saying he is playing as well as he's ever played,
but he's been at that level for a while—and on his individual play this
"Yes. It's okay. It didn't start off the way I wanted it to, but other than that, I had some good games with a little bit of luck also, which has put me where I am now. But I would like to be a little more consistent throughout the entire year."
On if the offense has found him:
"They have, and I've done a good job just making the most of my opportunities when the ball comes my way."
|Chad Johnson catches a pass in front of the Raiders' Nnamdi Asomugha (David Maxwell/Getty Images)|
On what it's like for a marquee receiver to not get the ball and if you
have to speak up:
"You have to, especially when you're not winning. We weren't winning at the time, so that was the only reason that I spoke up."
On if everything is clicking now:
"Yes. Offensively, we're playing very well. We're peaking at the right time. We struggled earlier on in the season and we struggled a little bit in mid-season, but we're starting to play very well at the right time. Hopefully we can come down to Indy and get it done."
On this possibly being a rivalry over the next few years:
"That's probably the way it will be. They are one of the best teams in the game right now, so it's going to be a great challenge for us offensively and defensively. We have to step up and play."
On if he gets more pumped up for Monday Night Football:
"No. It doesn't matter when I'm playing. I'm always up for every game. It just happens to be that we're playing at night."
On WR-T.J. Houshmandzadeh being a No. 2 receiver and in his shadow:
"He's not a No. 2. We're actually two No. 1s on the same team."
On what a win would mean Monday Night:
"It would mean a lot. It would help us greatly, to be 3-0 in December. Hopefully we can keep it going."