Raiders get little defense and less offense

The game was billed as a test between Oakland defensive backs and Cincinnati receivers. After an early interception by the Raiders, the Bengals top threats on offense took over. T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson each topped 100 yards receiving, combining for 219 yards and a touchdown en route to beating the Raiders 27-10.

After Nnamdi Asomugha intercepted Carson Palmer's second pass of the game things could have finally gone Oakland's way. Someone forgot to tell the Raiders.

On the first play from scrimmage, Aaron Brooke hit Alvis Whitted who promptly fumbled the ball away. Nine plays and 61 yards later Cincinnati had a lead they would never relinquish. Palmer went 5-for-5 for 51 yards, hitting Chris Henry for an eight-yard touchdown to cap the drive.

After Sebastian Janikowski missed a 51-yard field goal, the Bengals pounded the ground. Rudi Johnson scored from nine yards out to increase the lead to 14-0, accounting for 36 rushing yards on the 59-yard scoring drive.

Janikowski connected from 33 yards before the half to give Oakland their first points.

Cincinnati came out firing on their opening possession of the second half. Mixing the run and pass, the Bengals went 88 yards in seven and a half minutes, pushing their lead to 21-0 with a six-yard touchdown run from R. Johnson.

Just over four minutes later, the lead was increased. After Oakland running back Reshard Lee was stuffed on fourth-and-1, Cincinnati took five plays to go 56 yards. T.J. Houshmandzadeh accounted for every one of those yards, including a 20-yard touchdown reception. Shayne Graham would miss the extra point.

Aaron Brooks and Ronald Curry played catch to give the Raiders their only touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter. The pair hooked up five times on a 76-yard drive with Curry hauling a 5-yard touchdown, his first touchdown reception since December 5, 2004.

Curry caught eight passes for 99 yards, his best output since catching nine passes for 141 yards and two touchdown on December 5, 2004.

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