Although the Bengals didn't leave Orchard Park, New York with a victory on Saturday, losing 35-20 to the Buffalo Bills, they have further reason to be optimistic about their chances of success in 2010.
That's because Quarterback Carson Palmer showed he’s starting to gain chemistry with his revamped receivers.
In only three series, Palmer went 9-for-11 for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns, his first of the preseason. The starting offense finally finished after managing two touchdowns on 10 drives in its previous three games.
Just as important, Palmer distributed the ball to all three of his top receivers. He hit rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham for a 9-yard touchdown, Chad Ochocinco for a 6-yard score and Terrell Owens three times for 35 yards.
Cedric Benson had eight carries for 50 yards, but was stuffed by safety Donte Whitner in attempting to convert a fourth-and-1.