Monthly Archives: November 2005
Bengals 42 , Ravens 29
The Bengals are 8-3 as a franchise for the first time since 1988.
The Bengals led 34-0 with 1:47 left in the third quarter when the Ravens Derrick Mason caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Boller. It was the first of three touchdowns in a span of 4:49 for the Ravens.
The Ravens came in last in the NFL in scoring at 11.6 points a game.
Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer threw for three touchdowns and 302 yards, the fifth 300-yard game of his career.
Rudi Johnson ran 27 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns, handing the ball to offensive tackles Levi Jones and Willie Anderson, who spiked the ball.
The Bengals are one-half game ahead of idle Pittsburgh in the AFC North. The Steelers are 7-3 and play Monday night at Indianapolis.
The Bengals will play Sunday at Pittsburgh in a game that could give them a two-game division lead with four games to play.
The victory today against Baltimore was also important for the Bengals because it improved their division record to 3-1. Division record is the second playoff tiebreaker behind head-to-head competition.
Still first in the NFL with 33 takeaways in 11 games, the Bengals have scored an NFL best 115 points off turnovers. The Bengals’ 23 interceptions are three more than they had all of 2004.
Wide receiver T.J Houshmandzadeh had nine receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown, but he suffered a blow to the head on a 27-yard gain toward the end of the third quarter and returned midway through the fourth quarter.
The Bengals took a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Shayne Graham.
The field goal capped a 15-play, 91-yard drive that consumed 8:07. The drive started on the Bengals’ 2-yard line, following a 32-yard pooch punt by kicker Aaron Elling. The Ravens had lined up for a 52-yard field goal attempt.
The slow, plodding pace of the game was in contrast to the high-scoring clip of the Bengals-Colts game last week. They combined for 24 points in the first quarter and 62 in the first half.
The Bengals took advantage of the inability of Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller to hold onto the ball. Twice Boller went back to pass and dropped the ball.
Bengals cornerback Deltha O’Neal also intercepted Boller, O’Neal’s seventh of the season and first since Oct. 30 against Green Bay.
O’Neal made a diving catch at the Bengals 11-yard line. A 20-yard pass interference penalty against Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle on Chad Johnson moved the ball to the 34. Three plays later, with a first down on the 46-yard line, Palmer threw 54 yards for a touchdown to Johnson. He beat cornerback Dale Carter, and there was no deep safety help.
The Bengals, leading 3-0, scored their first touchdown in the second quarter on a 67-yard, six-play drive. Two completions to Houshmandzadeh covered 41 yards. Ravens safety Will Demps was penalized half the distance to the goal for tackling Houshmandzadeh by the facemask, moving the ball to the Ravens’ 6-yard line. After one incomplete pass, Rudi Johnson ran left behind a Levi Jones block for a six-yard touchdown, Johnson’s sixth of the season.
Notes: Chad Johnson went into the locker room in the third quarter to get an IV to treat leg cramps. … Bengals middle linebacker Odell Thurman suffered leg cramps but returned. He later forced a fumble that was recovered by fellow rookie linebacker David Pollack. … Rookie cornerback Patrick Body left the game with an ankle sprain. … Linebacker Brian Simmons had the wind knocked out of him in the fourth quarter but returned one play later.
Im thankful, that I can hear.
There are many who are deaf.
against the morning light as long as possible,
Im thankful, that I can see.
Many are blind.
Im thankful, that I have the strength to rise.
There are many who are bedridden.
when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short,
Im thankful, for my family.
never looks like the pictures in magazines
and the menu is at times unbalanced,
Im thankful, for the food we have.
There are many who are hungry.
is often monotonous,
Im thankful, for the opportunity to work.
that touch my life in so many ways.
There are many who are not so lucky.
and wish my circumstances werent as they are,
Im thankful, for life.
and for all the people who have touched our lives.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER
THE CAST OF THE SIMPSONS
Bengals 37 ,Colts 45
Harrison had five catches, reaching 900 career receptions faster than anyone in NFL history. And Manning had a perfect passer rating after those first five touchdown drives that set the tone.
Kate Bosworth …. Lois Lane
Marlon Brando …. Jor-El (archive footage)
Raelee Hill …. Paramedic
Sam Huntington …. Jimmy Olsen
James Karen …. Ben Hubbard
Frank Langella …. Perry White
James Marsden …. Richard White
Mike Massa …. 777 Pilot
Ted Maynard …. News Anchor
Noel Neill …. Previously Wealthy Woman
Kal Penn …. Riley Stanford
Parker Posey …. Kitty Koslowski
Ian Roberts …. Riley
Brandon Routh …. Superman/Clark Kent
Eva Marie Saint …. Martha Kent
Kevin Spacey …. Lex Luthor
Vincent Stone …. Henchman
Peta Wilson …. Bobbie Faye
WEST WING LIVE DEBATE EPISODE.
Well I didn’t love it,and I didn’t hate it.
Thought the debate itself was a "draw"…no clear "winner". Alan Alda as I expected out-acted Jimmy Smits. Jimmy Smits seemed stiff and maybe a bit nervous to me, I thought he was going to laugh a couple times. Alan Alda came off more natural I thought. Forrest Sawyer was a great touch, as was the NBC News bug.
I remember that one of the largest criticisms of the first debate was that Richie was a ridiculous characiture of a conservative republican, and that it was so utterly one-sided as to be beyond belief. They’ve gone a long way to make this election more of a jump-ball and to continue with that premise both Vinick and Santos were allowed moments to shine and to make a compelling case.
And while abandoning debate rules might make for interesting live television, that is totally unrealistic that a presidential candidate would have allowed his staff to negotiate the rules and then be so uncomfortable with it that he would abandon the rules on live television two minutes into it.
The one thing I was not thrilled about was the monologues that Ellen was giving in between the show. I’m waiting to watch a Live Debate between two presidential nominees and I have to hear rambling jokes from her 1995 tour.
C’mon NBC….You couldn’t get Kelsey Grammer!!!!
I was also disappointed that they didn’t discuss anything of relevance to the West Wing universe and didn’t advance the story line from the rest of the season.
I was though very impressed with Santos with his closing remarks.
And now I have to wait til December 4 to get a real West Wing episode. Thank God for DVR!
TOBY ZIEGLER……….TRUST ME WHEN I SAY WE ALL MISS YOU!!!!
West Wing Quotes:
BARTLET. We were up all night on that one, Toby. Me and Leo and Josh. They were screaming at me, “Governor, for God’s sakes, it’s got to be Toby. It’s got to be Toby.” When I held my ground, and we went to David Rosen, and Rosen said he wanted to take a partnership at Solomon Brothers, thank God… I couldn’t live without you Toby. I mean it. I’d be in the tall grass. I’d be in the weeds. I know I disappoint you sometimes. I mean, I can sense your disappointment. And I only get mad because I know you’re right a lot of the times, but you are not the kid in the class with his hand up and whatever it was you said to C.J. You are a wise and brilliant man, Toby. The other night when we were playing basketball, did you mean what you said? My demons were shouting down the better angels in my brain?
TOBY. Yes, sir. I did.
BARTLET. You think that’s what’s stopping me from greatness?
BARTLET. I suppose you’re right.
TOBY. Tell you what though, sir. In a battle between a President’s demons and his better angels, for the first time in a long while, I think we might just have ourselves a fair fight.