Bengals find way to win

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 17, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals started thinking about their next opponent as soon as they beat Tennessee. And, for good reason.

Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes in a come-from-behind 31-23 victory Sunday, but the Bengals didn't spend any time celebrating the win, which put them 1 1/2 games ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC North.

‘‘The first thing out of their mouths was ‘Pittsburgh,' and I think that says a lot,'' Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said.

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The Bengals (5-1) host the Steelers next Sunday.

‘‘We know what Pittsburgh means,'' Lewis said. ‘‘They are the defending champions, they're the best team in our division, and we know what kind of football that brings. So it's a week where I'll have their attention.''

Palmer was 27-of-33 for 272 yards and a passer rating of 121.2, tying Peyton Manning's mark of nine straight games with a rating of 100 or higher.