Cincinnati must utilize Johnson
The Bengals' overreliance on Carson Palmer took its toll down the stretch and may cost them in the playoffs.
Since then, the Bengals, who had a 7-2 record at the time, have lost four of seven games. One of their victories was a 23-20 win against the mediocre Cleveland Browns. One of the losses was a meaningless game against the Chiefs last week, but another loss was to the lowly Bills in a game the Bengals needed to keep their hopes of a first-round playoff bye.
The bad news for Cincinnati is that Palmer's performance over this six-game stretch (not including the Chiefs' game) was largely responsible for their struggles. Palmer threw six interceptions in these six games, after throwing only four interceptions in the first nine.
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