Terrell Owens put some bite back into the Bengals' offense.
Owens caught a 43-yard pass along the sideline, setting up the only touchdown by Cincinnati's starting offense Friday night in a 22-9 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles that showed he's still got a lot left.
"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."
The Eagles couldn't keep up with him.
Owens had three catches for 67 yards in the first half, and ran 1 yard on a reverse.
"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."
So far, he's been the Bengals' top receiver.
Philadelphia's main goal was to get a touchdown out of its starters. In the preseason opener against Jacksonville, quarterback Kevin Kolb led the Eagles down the field on two possessions, but they had to settle for field goals.
Same thing again in Cincinnati. Six possessions, two field goals.
The Eagles kept their starting offense on the field for the entire first half and got less-than-desired results. Kolb was 11 of 17 for 126 yards, most of them in two drives at the end of the half when the Bengals began substituting. The most glaring disappointment: Philadelphia failed to score against a defense full of reserves after driving to a first-and-goal at the 7-yard line.
"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."
Kolb was disappointed at the lack of a touchdown.
"It's the same story,'' he said. "We need to do better."
David Akers kicked field goals of 40, 25 and 48 yards. Cincinnati's Mike Nugent was short on a 59-yard attempt at the end of the first half, and Dave Rayner missed a 34-yarder. They're competing for Cincinnati's kicking job.