The Oakland Raiders have fallen to 3-8 after a 10-34 whooping delivered by the Cincinnati Bengals. Prior to the start of the season, this is a date that Carson Palmer had circled on his calendar, a chance to get revenge against the team he felt hadn’t done enough to put talent around him. The Bengals on the other hand think that Carson Palmer quit on them, and they are happy with Andy Dalton as his replacement. If today’s game by Palmer was an indication of how he plays when he’s angry, than the Raiders need to make sure they keep him happy, because he didn’t play well.
The Raiders fell behind to the Bengals early, and the deficit just kept increasing until the half when the score was 0-24. The Raiders narrowed the deficit by 10 in the third quarter, but were unable to build on that as the Bengals finished off the Raiders with a field goal and Dalton to Gresham touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Carson Palmer completed 19 of his 34 attempts, but only threw for 146 yards and one touchdown. However, he also threw one interception, lost one fumble, and was sacked four times. With Darren McFadden inactive for the game, Marcel Reece got the start and played well with 74 yards on 15 carries and 29 yards on four receptions, but he was far from a difference maker.
Next week the Raiders will host the Cleveland Browns, who just defeated an injured Pittsburgh Steelers team to increase their record to 3-8, the same as the Raiders.