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CINCINNATI (AP) - Terrell Owens put some bite back into the

Bengals' offense.

Owens caught a 43-yard pass along the sideline, setting up the

only touchdown by Cincinnati's starting offense Friday night in a

22-9 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles couldn't keep up with the 36-year-old receiver.

Owens caught a perfect throw from Carson Palmer along the right

sideline, stretching over Joselio Hanson to pull it in before going

out of bounds at the 6-yard line. Bernard Scott ran it in on the

next play.

Owens had three catches for 67 yards in the first half, and ran

1 yard on a reverse.

So far, he's been the Bengals' top receiver.

Cincinnati signed him to a one-year deal as training camp opened

with receiver Antonio Bryant sidelined by a troublesome left knee.

Palmer worked out with Owens on the West Coast in July, saw that he

could still run and urged the Bengals to bring him aboard, giving

him another playmaker.

That one play showed why.

"That's what they brought me here for, right? Deep threat,"

Owens said. "Beat your guy, get down the field, make the catch.

We've got it all in our arsenal."

His over-the-shoulder catch set up the only touchdown while both

teams had their starters in the game. Cincinnati got the better of

it in the half, but had to settle for the one score.

"We gave up a couple big runs, more than we wanted to, then

they had the big play to T.O.," safety Quintin Mikell said. "We

just wanted to see what we could do when we made bad plays, how we

would bounce back. We're still gelling and still bringing this

whole thing together."

Philadelphia's main goal was to get a touchdown out of its

starters. In the preseason opener against Jacksonville, quarterback

Kevin Kolb led the Eagles down the field on two possessions, but

they had to settle for field goals.

Same thing again in Cincinnati. Six possessions, two field

goals.

The Eagles kept their starting offense on the field for the

entire first half and got less-than-desired results. Kolb was 11 of

17 for 126 yards, most of them in two drives at the end of the half

when the Bengals began substituting. The most glaring

disappointment: Philadelphia failed to score against a defense full

of reserves after driving to a first-and-goal at the 7-yard line.

"We were a little stagnant on the first three drives there,"

Kolb said. "We needed to pick the energy level up. We did it and

we were better in the second quarter.

"I think we did some good things. It was a positive day. But we

have to start fine-tuning those details."

David Akers kicked field goals of 40, 25 and 48 yards.

Cincinnati's Mike Nugent was short on a 59-yard attempt at the end

of the first half, and Dave Rayner missed a 34-yarder. They're

competing for the starting job.

Palmer was 15 of 23 for 169 yards with two interceptions, both

while trying to get the ball to Chad Ochocinco, who had a painful

night.

The first interception came on an apparent mixup. Palmer threw

several yards short of Ochocinco, the ball going directly to

cornerback Dimitri Patterson. Palmer raised both arms in a

quizzical gesture toward Ochocinco, and talked to him on the

sideline.

Patterson celebrated his easy interception by kneeling on the

field and raising both arms, holding the ball aloft for several

seconds. Bengals rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham swatted the ball

out of his hand as he walked past him.

Palmer got picked off when he tried to squeeze a pass to

Ochocinco, who was bracketed in coverage. The receiver was hit hard

and the ball deflected to Mikell. Ochocinco lay on his back for

several seconds, then popped up and jogged to the sideline without

assistance.

The Eagles played without cornerback Asante Samuel, who has a

hamstring injury. Receiver Jeremy Maclin left in the second quarter

after he was hit hard on the left shoulder.

The Bengals had a couple of injuries. Scott injured his left

shoulder in the second quarter and didn't return. Safety Gibril

Wilson hurt his left knee in the second quarter and didn't return.

 

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