Palmer Leads the Bengals Youth Movement Past Chargers 34-20

Youth was served today in Cincinnati as the Bengals won their second straight with a 34-20 destruction of the San Diego Chargers at a snowy, sparsely populated Paul Brown Stadium.

In a word: Impressive.

The Bengals hung 34 points on the league’s number 1 defense, while holding the league’s number 1 offense to just 20, with 7 of those coming in garbage time with the game already decided. The loss was San Diego’s first on the road in the month of December since 2006, and it eliminated them from any chance for a playoff berth.

Impressive.

One day shy of his 31st birthday, Carson Palmer put on a spectacular show in a swirly, snowy wind, going an efficient 16 for 21 for 269 yards, 4 touchdowns, no interceptions and a 157.2 quarterback rating.

Palmer’s critics will be re-evaluating him after that performance, particularly since he did it without the so-called superheroes that were meant to rescue him and the offense. With Terrell Owens out for the year and Chad Ochocinco inactive with an ankle injury, Palmer was razor sharp throwing to youngsters and back-ups.

It was enough to make this Bengals observer wonder what the team’s record would be, and what Palmer’s stats would be had Batman and Robin got injured in week 5 instead of week 15. All over the field, next generation Bengals were shining.

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