Monday, November 4, 2002

Bengals Report Card

Passing offense, A: Jon Kitna continues to back up his claim that he should have been the starter from Game 1. He had a career-high four touchdown passes Sunday. The offensive line didn't allow a sack for the second game in a row. Peter Warrick showed flashes of his Florida State days on a 33-yard touchdown catch. Michael Westbrook made a big contribution with two TD receptions.

Rushing offense, A-minus: The Bengals had 127 rushing yards but just a 3.6-yard average. Corey Dillon and Brandon Bennett controlled the ball on the ground in the second half to help run out the clock.

Pass defense, A: Cornerback Artrell Hawkins' 102-yard interception return for a touchdown was the game's most important play. The Texans could have gone up 10-3; instead, the Bengals had a 10-3 lead. The Bengals had just two sacks of David Carr, who had been sacked 44 times coming in, but there was enough consistent pressure to throw off his timing. Rookie Lamont Thompson had the first interception by a Bengals safety this season.

Rush defense, B: Early on, the Texans moved the ball well on the ground, but the Bengals shut them down in the second half.

Special teams, B: There were no glaring errors, and JoJuan Armour blocked a field-goal attempt by Kris Brown - a first for the Bengals in three seasons. T.J. Houshmandzadeh had the team's longest punt return of the season, 11 yards, and actually ran up to fair-catch a punt instead of letting it roll.

Coaching, A: Dick LeBeau made a bold prediction that his team would win, and his players backed him up. Coordinators Bob Bratkowski and Mark Duffner showed what they could do with their play-calling when the team gets a lead.

- Mark Curnutte

Bengals 38, Texans 3
Game statistics
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Huggins back on the road, talking up a storm
UC picked to repeat in C-USA

Playoffs return to Paul Brown Stadium
Statewide second-round pairings
Statewide playoff scores
Elder 20, St. Xavier 14
Lebanon 13, Anderson 7
Colerain 35, Northmont 12
Huber Heights Wayne 35, Moeller 34 (OT)
Valley View 31, Wyoming 21
Kings 33, Mount Healthy 7
Chaminade-Julienne 18, Loveland 0
Reading 26, Milton-Union 8
Edgewood 24, Trotwood-Madison 6
Marion Local 35, Cin. Country Day 7
Jonathan Alder 21, Clinton-Massie 7

Kentucky playoff pairings
Kentucky scores & links to local game reports

Boys state soccer preview | Boys state pairings
Girls state soccer preview | Girls state pairings
Girls state volleyball preview

Ohio State eyes move up in BCS
Ohio State gains from upsets
Polls split between Miami, Oklahoma
Miami beats OU, takes MAC East lead

Kobe picks up slack for Lakers
Malone skunked in Jazz loss

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