Bengals bruised but still unbeaten

first_img Houshmandzadeh, who refuses to dance after a touchdown, kept the Bengals in their best start since the days of the Ickey Shuffle. He caught eight passes for 105 yards, steadying an offense that had to grind it out for the first time all season. Shayne Graham’s 27-yard field goal with 5:04 left broke a 10-all tie, and David Carr’s disputed fumble with 3:14 to go sent the Texans to their first 0-3 start in their four seasons. Carr was hit by Justin Smith while his arm was cocked, and the ball slip out of his hand as he started an awkward throwing motion. John Thornton fell on the ball, and referee Larry Nemmers upheld the call on review, costing the Texans their final timeout. Houston thought his arm was going forward, so it should have been an incomplete pass. “We all thought it was going to be overturned,” right tackle Todd Wade said. “That’s why we stayed on the field. Apparently, they saw it otherwise.” Taking advantage of the game’s only turnover, Graham kicked another field goal from 46 yards. The Texans’ offense ran smoother under a new offensive coordinator. They fired Chris Palmer during their bye week and promoted line coach Joe Pendry, hoping to stop the deluge of mistakes that limited the offense to two touchdowns in two games. There were fewer mistakes, but the result was the same only one touchdown again. Carr was 17 of 26 for 174 yards with seven sacks. By contrast, Palmer went 25 of 34 for 276 yards and a touchdown. Centers Rich Braham and Larry Moore went down with knee injuries in the second quarter, forcing guard Eric Steinbach to peel off his blocking gloves and snap the ball for the first time. Ravens 13, Jets 3 Jamal Lewis scored on a 1-yard run, Matt Stover kicked two field goals, and Baltimore won its first game of the year. The Ravens (1-2) held Curtis Martin to 30 yards on 13 carries. Colts 31, Titans 10 Peyton Manning threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns, Marvin Harrison caught nine passes for 109 yards and Edgerrin James also ran for 90 yards in helping Indianapolis improve to 4-0 with its highest point total this season. Manning tied Ron Jaworski with his 116th consecutive start, which ranks second among quarterbacks behind Green Bay’s Brett Favre. Steve McNair was 28 of 37 for 220 yards for the Titans (1-3). Broncos 20, Jaguars 7 Jake Plummer threw two touchdown passes to backup offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell, and Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell combined for 175 yards rushing to lead Denver. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Bengals improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1988 the last they made the Super Bowl with a 16-10 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans, who couldn’t take advantage of their penalties or their pain. “Everybody was going with some type of injury,” said Anderson, a Pro Bowl right tackle who threw his back out before the kickoff and hurt his nose during the game. “That’s the type of character this team has now.” Carson Palmer’s shoulder bore a nasty red scrape. Blood trickled from an inch-long gash on the bridge of Willie Anderson’s nose. Chad Johnson wore a bandage above his skinned knee. These Bengals were beaten up, but still unbeaten. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Four wins will do that. The Bengals had 14 penalties for 117 yards one of them wiped out T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s touchdown catch and lost both of their veteran centers to knee injuries in the second quarter. They absorbed the penalties, shuffled the line and gritted it out. “We had some dumb mistakes,” Palmer said. “We’re not always perfect.” But so far, good enough. last_img

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