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Monday Morning Qb


November 06, 2006|By KEN MURRAY

Bengals show their gripes

The vibes are all bad in Cincinnati, where the Bengals are 4-4 and going backward. Quarterback Carson Palmer shouted at Chris Henry after the wide receiver didn't even try to prevent a game-ending interception on a deep pass yesterday. Henry was content to let the Ravens' Chris McAlister make the play on the ball. A year that saw multiple offseason arrests has taken a predictable direction.

Bowled over

Who would have thought that Bengals running back Rudi Johnson would run through Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis for a touchdown? Lewis had just returned to the field after an injury when he met Johnson at the goal line and was run over.

Playing it safe

The Dolphins showed little confidence in quarterback Joey Harrington in their upset of the Bears. One series after he threw an interception in the red zone, Miami called runs on third down from the 23- and, after a penalty, 18-yard lines. The Bears never sacked Harrington, but he still threw two interceptions.

V. Young still raw

Vince Young's ascension as one of the NFL's young gun quarterbacks goes slowly. He completed just 15 of 36 passes, with three interceptions, in the Titans' 37-7 loss to the Jaguars. That's seven interceptions and a 46.0 completion percentage for the third pick in the draft.

Green survives bye

As bad as the Cardinals have been, coach Dennis Green apparently will keep his job through the end of the season. He survived Arizona's bye this week, no small feat since he's 12-28 in the desert.

Titans' woes

Who's going to be held accountable in Tennessee for the decision to bring in defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and cornerback Adam Jones? General manager Floyd Reese or coach Jeff Fisher? Haynesworth is serving a five-game NFL suspension for intentionally stepping on the helmet-less head of another player. Jones was suspended by the team last week for the latest in a series of off-field mishaps in Nashville.

Next week's top matchups

Bears (7-1) at Giants (6-2) -- Chicago's schedule doesn't look so cozy now. This is the first of three straight road games, and Tiki Barber is waiting.

Chargers (6-2) at Bengals (4-4) -- The Bengals are reeling after losing four of their past five games. It's hard to get well against the Chargers.

Ken Murray

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