Final

Bengals 23

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Chiefs 10

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 10, 2006

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 0 17 0 623
KC 3 0 0 710

Top Performers

Passing: D. Huard (KC) - 140 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: R. Johnson (CIN) - 28 CAR, 96 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Gonzalez (KC) - 10 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Green hurt; Palmer, Bengals spoil Edwards' Chiefs debut

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Now it's Carson Palmer's turn to return the kindness and reach out to Trent Green.

It was over when ...
Trent Green was injured. The QB was taken off the field on a stretcher late in the third quarter, and the Chiefs, who had scored just three points before that, continued to struggle afterward, scoring a TD in the fourth after the game was already decided.
Game ball goes to ...
Carson Palmer, who, eight months after suffering a potentially career-ending knee injury, was 13-for-19 for 127 yards and was especially sharp after the Bengals went to a no-huddle offense in the second quarter. Honorable mention: The Bengals' D, which sacked Green and backup Damon Huard seven times and held the Chiefs to just 10 points.
Scouts Inc.s take ...
This was a nice road win for the Bengals, especially when you consider the brutal schedule they have to start the season. Palmer returned to the field nearly eight months to the day after tearing knee ligaments in a playoff loss to Pittsburgh. Palmer was not spectacular, but he didn't need to be. We know Cincinnati is going to be solid on offense. The best thing to take out of this game was the play of the defense. Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan did a great job of mixing up their defense. The Bengals have notoriously struggled to stop the run under Lewis, but that changed today as they held Kansas City RB Larry Johnson to 68 yards on 17 carries. Bresnehan did a great job of showing seven-man fronts but then dropping the either DS Madieu Williams or Dexter Jackson down into the box to create an eight-man front.

When Palmer went down last January with a devastating knee injury, Green was one of the first to call the Cincinnati quarterback. Although the two barely knew each other, Green offered words of encouragement, advice drawn upon his own experience with career-threatening knee problems.

Now, on the day Palmer made a triumphant comeback by leading the Bengals to a 23-10 victory over Kansas City, Green was the one rushed to a hospital.

A brutal hit by Cincinnati's Robert Geathers -- which the Chiefs expect to be reviewed by the league office -- left the Kansas City quarterback unconscious on the turf. The game was delayed 11 minutes while he was carefully carted away on a stretcher.

The Chiefs reported later the injury was not as bad as it seemed. Green had "pretty severe head trauma," said Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson, but X-rays were negative.

No doubt, Palmer was just about as happy at that news as the nearly 80,000 fans who sat hushed while attendants carted their popular quarterback away. The attendants held their hands under Green's helmet to gently steady his head.

"It's tough in this kind of small fraternity of quarterbacks in this league, when you see a quarterback go down like that," said Palmer. "You just start praying for him and that's all you can do and hope for the best."

Palmer has said often how much he appreciated hearing from Green.

"He was very helpful when he called, and he gave me good advice," he said.

Palmer, exactly eight months after surgeons repaired his mangled left knee, was not sharp at the beginning. But then the Bengals went to their no-huddle offense and he hit nine passes in a row in an impressive stretch that seemed to announce he's ready to return to the league's elite.

Once Palmer found his touch, Rudi Johnson and Kenny Watson scored touchdowns in a 17-point second-quarter. Palmer, who was injured in the opening minutes of Cincinnati's playoff loss to Pittsburgh last January, was 13-for-19 for 127 yards.

The Bengals had seven sacks of Green and backup Damon Huard, running through a revamped Chiefs line that includes two new tackles.

"We had some things early on, a couple of things on offense that kind of slowed us up a little bit," said Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis. "But once we got those corrected, we played good football."

Palmer was 5-for-5 for 51 yards in Cincinnati's first touchdown drive, capped by Rudi Johnson's 22-yard scamper through a gaping hole on the right side. Then Kenny Watson made it 17-3 with an 8-yard TD run.

Shayne Graham kicked three field goals for the Bengals, the defending AFC North champs. Huard hit Tony Gonzalez with a 9-yard TD pass for Kansas City's lone touchdown in the fourth period.

"They're a good football team," said Herm Edwards, who had an unhappy debut as Kansas City's head coach. "You can't give them a lead. You can't turn the ball over and give them field position."

Edwards said Huard would start next week if Green can't. But he refused to discuss Geathers' hit. As the quarterback went into a feet-first hook slide, the Bengals' defensive end came flying in and appeared to slam his right shoulder into the quarterback's chest or helmet, snapping Green's head into the turf.

"The officials have to look at it on tape," Edwards said. "We've been advised that we don't comment on officials' calls. I'm not going to get into it. Obviously, it will get looked at by the guys up in New York. I'll leave it at that."

Geathers said he thought Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison pushed him into Green and that it was not a particularly hard hit.

"I didn't think it was. I know I didn't hit him head-to-head," he said. "I think it was my shoulder pad that hit him in his chest.

"It's hard watching him down there on the ground and knowing that he has a family and everything," he said.

Game notes


From 2001-05, Green passed for more yards (16,334) than any quarterback in the NFL but Peyton Manning. With 4,014 yards last year, he became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to post three straight 4,000-yard seasons. He had made 80 straight starts going into the season. ... Larry Johnson rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries, the first time in 10 games he did not have at least 100 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Cincinnati
Kansas City
1st Downs1218
3rd down efficiency
4-135-15
4th down efficiency
0-03-4
Total Yards236289
Yards per play4.44.3
Total Drives10
Passing120176
Comp-Att
13-1923-35
Yards per pass
6.35.0
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-77-54
Rushing116113
Rushing Attempts
3425
Yards per rush
3.44.5
Penalties5-405-40
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
01
Possession28:0331:57

Passing Leaders

CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Palmer13/191276.7001-7
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Huard12/201407.0104-30
Green11/15906.0013-24

Rushing Leaders

CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson28963.4122
Johnson2147.008
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson17684.0018
Green4215.309

Receiving Leaders

CINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson5489.6015
Perry24422.0030
KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gonzalez10818.1121
Johnson58016.0025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCINKC
FG11:55Lawrence Tynes 29 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 67 yds, 6:18
03
SECOND QUARTERCINKC
FG0:07Shayne Graham 37 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, -5 yds, 1:08
33
TD9:45Rudi Johnson 22 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 88 yds, 5:03
103
TD13:55Kenny Watson 8 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 37 yds, 2:02
173
FOURTH QUARTERCINKC
FG3:25Shayne Graham 42 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 35 yds, 4:37
203
TD11:08Tony Gonzalez 9 Yd Pass From Damon Huard (Lawrence Tynes Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 90 yds, 2:29
2010
FG13:51Shayne Graham 36 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 1 yds, 1:40
2310