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               === Bengals shut down Palmer, Raiders in rout ===
 
 Cincinnati,  OH (Sports Network) - It was not a pleasant homecoming for Carson
 Palmer.
 
 And his successor has his team back in the AFC playoff hunt.
 
 Andy  Dalton threw  three  touchdown  passes and  outperformed  Palmer in  the
 Cincinnati Bengals' 34-10 win over the Oakland Raiders.
 
 "Not a lot went right, from start to finish," Palmer said.
 
 Dalton, who replaced Palmer at quarterback a year ago following his ugly split
 with  Cincinnati,  threw for  210 yards  on 16-of-30  attempts for the Bengals
 (6-5),  who have  won three straight games  and are tied with the Steelers for
 the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC.
 
 "Andy  played  very efficiently today,"  Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said.
 "He  got us  in and out of the  right things and handled the line of scrimmage
 very well."
 
 The  red-hot  Dalton  has  accounted  for  nine  passing  touchdowns  with  no
 interceptions during the winning stretch.
 
 BenJarvus  Green-Ellis carried the  ball 19 times for 129 yards and a score in
 the victory.
 
 "Our ability to run the football really paid dividends," Lewis said.
 
 Palmer, a seven-year Bengal, was booed vehemently on Oakland's first offensive
 possession.  He finished  19-of-34  for  146 yards  with  a  touchdown and  an
 interception for the Raiders (3-8), who have dropped four consecutive contests
 for the first time since 2008.
 
 "You  can't  block things  like that out,"  Palmer said of  the booing. "But I
 prepared myself for that."
 
 The two-time Pro Bowler was the No. 1 overall selection by the Bengals in 2003
 after winning the Heisman at Southern Cal and helped the moribund franchise to
 a pair of division titles in 2005 and 2009.
 
 After  a 4-12  campaign  in 2010,  though, Palmer  wanted  out, but  ownership
 refused  to oblige.  Palmer held  out in  2011 before  finally being  dealt to
 Oakland  midway  through last  season for  a 2012 first-round  pick and a 2013
 conditional selection.
 
 Trailing  24-0 at  the break, Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 55-yard field goal
 to  cap Oakland's opening  march of the second half and Palmer fired a 20-yard
 TD  pass  to Danarius Moore  later in  the third stanza  to cut the deficit to
 24-10.
 
 Things  got interesting  following a Bengals three-and-out, but Palmer fumbled
 on the second snap of Oakland's next series.
 
 Outside  linebacker Manny  Lawson flew  off  the right  edge and  strip-sacked
 Palmer  from  behind and fellow  linebacker Rey  Maualuga pounced on the loose
 football.
 
 The  miscue  led to a 20-yard  Mike Nugent field  goal early in the fourth and
 Jermaine Gresham's TD catch with 3:39 left capped the scoring.
 
 Earlier,  Cincinnati  jumped out to a  14-0 lead after outgaining the Raiders,
 165-18, in the opening frame.
 
 Green-Ellis  broke off  a 49-yard run down to the one-yard line before scoring
 two plays later to conclude the Bengals' opening 5-play, 58-yard trek.
 
 Following  a Raiders  three-and-out, Dalton  found  A.J. Green  for a  44-yard
 completion  and then hit Gresham for a 27-yard gain to the two before flipping
 a 2-yard score to Mohamed Sanu.
 
 Early  in the  second quarter after another Oakland three-and-out, the Bengals
 found  the end zone again when Dalton capped a nearly six-minute, 13-play, 89-
 yard drive with another TD pass to Sanu, this one for five yards.
 
 Nugent  missed  a 48-yard  field goal  with 45  seconds left  in the half, but
 quickly got another chance at a long kick.
 
 Palmer  finally got the Raiders across midfield but his pass on the fifth play
 of  the ensuing  series  was  tipped and  intercepted  by  Chris Crocker,  who
 returned the pick back to the Oakland 48-yard line.
 
 Sanu  hauled in  an 11-yard reception before Nugent split the uprights from 55
 yards away as time expired to make it 24-0.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Oakland  hadn't lost four  in a row since Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 2008 ... Cincinnati
 has  outscored its opponents, 93-29, during its winning streak ... The Raiders
 lead  the all-time series between the teams, 18-9 ... A.J. Green had his nine-
 game streak with a touchdown catch snapped.
 
 
 11/25 19:55:33 ET

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