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Cincinnati Bengals Inside Slant 2008-10-09

Cincinnati Bengals Inside Slant 2008-10-09
All eyes are on Carson Palmer's inflamed right throwing elbow, and his presence in the game Sunday at the Jets would help the Bengals take advantage of a New York weakness -- its pass defense.

The Jets are 31st in the NFL in pass defense at 265 yards a game, in spite of an improved pass rush.

The Bengals are 0-5 heading back to the Meadowlands for the second time in a span of three weeks. They lost there to the Giants, 26-23, in overtime Sept. 21.

Palmer said Wednesday that he knew the limitations of his throwing arm Sunday at Dallas, realizing he didn't have the confidence to throw some of the deeper, harder passes he normally would because of the injury to his throwing elbow.

He was asked Wednesday at his weekly news conference whether the inflamed elbow affected any of his passes or decisions in the pocket.

"No. There were a couple times where I didn't have the confidence I normally have, just because my arm's not the same as previous to the injury," Palmer said. "But as far as throwing balls, I felt like I missed a couple I shouldn't have missed, but the only thing I noticed was just a little less confidence in throwing some. I saw holes in certain spots that I kind of held back on and moved on to the next guy."

Palmer said his elbow "came through as expected" and that he hopes to play Sunday at the Jets.

Palmer is approaching this week just like the last -- by throwing as little as possible, resting as much as he can, and awaiting a doctor's decision closer to the game.

Coach Marvin Lewis on Monday said Palmer made good decisions not to force the ball into coverage and that the Cowboys secondary did a good job of giving cornerbacks help from safeties.

Palmer agreed.

"Balls I normally zip right by somebody, I felt maybe there's a chance they get their hands on it or make a play on it," Palmer said. "Just pulled some of those down and moved on."

Palmer rebounded from a poor first half at Dallas, where he was 7-for-17 passing for 62 yards and one interception. In the second half, he was 16-for-22 passing for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

Was offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski's play-calling affected by Palmer's elbow ailment?

"I know Brat was definitely conscious of it," Palmer said. "He knew the situation, what was going on. We talked. There weren't a ton of opportunities where we wanted to be sitting in the pocket and really throw the ball downfield long, to let those guys get off press and get downfield, just because you've got (linebackers) DeMarcus Ware on one side and (Greg) Ellis on the other."

Bratkowski said he was not limited in his play-calling.

"No, we still called some deep (balls)," Bratkowski said. "We didn't get the looks that we wanted or the coverage didn't really show itself that you would like, but we still went ahead and did it -- because we talked before the game. ... I went over all the things down the field with him and he said he was fine."

SERIES HISTORY: 20th meeting -- The New York Jets lead the Bengals, 12-7, but the Bengals won the most recent meeting, 38-31, in 2007 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Jets lead 9-2 at home, including 6-0 at the Meadowlands. The Jets led 3-2 in five games played at Shea Stadium. They handed the Bengals their most shocking playoff loss in history. In 1982, the Bengals posted a 7-2 record in the strike-shortened season, and fans were envisioning a second straight Super Bowl berth for the defending AFC champs. But the Jets dominated in a 44-17 win at Riverfront Stadium.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: October 9, 2008

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