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Owens' grab trumps gaffes

Terrell Owens' over-the-shoulder catch gained 43 yards and set up the Cincinnati starters' only touchdown, a 6-yard Bernard Scott run.
Terrell Owens' over-the-shoulder catch gained 43 yards and set up the Cincinnati starters' only touchdown, a 6-yard Bernard Scott run. AP

CINCINNATI — 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 pre-season 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.

Philadelphia's main goal was to get a touchdown out of its starters, but it had to settle for field goals. Former Tates Creek and Louisville kicker David Akers kicked field goals of 40, 25 and 48 yards.

Palmer was 15-for-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 throwing several yards short of Ochocinco. On the second, Palmer tried to squeeze a pass to Ochocinco, who was bracketed in coverage.

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