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Cincinnati Bengals Notes, Quotes 2008-10-09

Cincinnati Bengals Notes, Quotes 2008-10-09
--Jets QB Brett Favre, the league's leading passer through Week 5 with a 110.8 rating and the only three-time NFL MVP, has a 3-1 record in past starts against the Bengals, all while he was with Green Bay. But the Bengals got the best of Favre in the last meeting. On Oct. 30, 2005, as they drove to the AFC North title, the Bengals intercepted five Favre passes in a 21-14 win at Paul Brown Stadium. That's the most interceptions ever suffered by Favre in a regular-season game. (He once threw six interceptions in the postseason). But none of the Bengals' current defensive players were in on the interception feast. CB Deltha O'Neal and LB Odell Thurman each had two picks, and cornerback Tory James had one.

--Carson Palmer remembers the last time the Bengals faced Brett Favre, who will be starting at quarterback Sunday for the Jets.

"Uh, all I remember is winning. It's been a while since we've had one of those," Palmer said. "You watch that last drive and I think we were up by five or six points (seven), and it's one those things where it's 'Uh oh, it's Favre.' You never know. You never know when the game's over. Fortunately we had some fan interference that saved that win for us."

Gregory Gall, a 31-year-old at the time from Cincinnati, was arrested for criminal trespassing when he ran onto the field and stole the ball out of Favre's hands as Favre dropped back to pass. The aborted play came at the end of the Bengals' 21-14 victory over the Packers Oct. 30, 2005.

"He was the key," Palmer said of the fan. "I think he should have got the game ball."

--Coach Marvin Lewis and QB Carson Palmer both made Bengals on-field debuts against the Jets at the Meadowlands. Lewis coached his first Bengals game in a preseason game against the Jets on Aug. 10, 2003. The Jets won 28-13. Palmer made his regular-season debut on Sept. 12, 2004, also against the Jets. He didn't engineer a victory in his debut; the Jets won 31-24. But Palmer posted a 105.2 passer rating, completing 18 of 27 passes for 248 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His first career touchdown pass was six yards to TB Kenny Watson in the third quarter.

--Bengals first-year coordinator Mike Zimmer, charged with rebuilding and molding a young unit, has his defense ranked 19th in the 32-team league in points and yards allowed per game -- an improvement over 2007.

"You know, we have played some terrific offenses," Zimmer said when asked what he is pleased about so far. "The Tennessee game, the wind helped up. Against the Giants, I thought we played well for most of the game. Dallas, periods of the game, we played very good.

"We're still, in fourth and (4 at Dallas), and the crack toss, and we have a chance to make the play, and we don't understand the concepts yet totally. Those are the things that are eating at me right now.

"I have to be careful how much we put in. Every week, I see how much we have in after game-planning, and I say 'Throw this out, throw this out' because the guys are so young. ... Quite honestly, I am happy to be here. I am happy to be coaching these guys, even though we're 0-5. I'd like to be 5-0. The effort they're giving. Like I told them the other day, when you're an 0-5 football team, you're typically a bad football team. We're not a bad football team. I've seen some bad teams. We're not a bad team. We're just not getting the wins."

BY THE NUMBERS: 14 -- Receptions in five games for Bengals wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco (Johnson), who has averaged 80 catches in his seven previous seasons.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "My ankle's fine, my shoulder's fine, but for those who don't know why I'm not getting the ball, I have my own little philosophy on what's going on. And I broke it down like this: Never, ever, ever, ever go against the monster, because the monster always wins. Get it? So y'all put that in your own perspective and you'll understand where I'm coming from and why things are going the way it's going right now. OK, what else you want to talk about?" -- Bengals WR Chad Ocho Cinco on Wednesday, in a thinly veiled reference to Bengals president Mike Brown. Ocho Cinco ruled out coach Marvin Lewis and quarterback Carson Palmer.

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Added: October 9, 2008

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