CINCINNATI - Andrew Whitworth was at the bottom of a large pile of very large people, and he could feel punches hitting his neck, back and shoulders.
The Bengals offensive tackle was there because Raiders defensive tackle Lamarr Houston had hit Andy Dalton late, and Whitworth took exception. Words were exchanged, then Houston lunged at Whitworth, then all sorts of heck broke loose.
The skirmish resulted in three ejections, but it was a minor bump in a dominating victory over the Raiders that made Carson Palmer's return to Cincinnati very much a sidenote. In a few ways, Whitworth throwing himself into the fray and the Bengals popping a 48-yard pass on the very next play summed up what's gone around here of late.
The Bengals have punched back. Dalton is throwing darts. And a season that not long ago was dangerously close to imploding has turned for the better.
The Bengals blew past the Raiders Sunday, 34-10, scoring their third straight victory. All have come in domina...