The purple bruises on his passing shoulder. The raw, red scrape down the middle of his back. Carson Palmer's upper body was a colorful reminder of how badly his homecoming turned out.
No fun at all for him or the Oakland Raiders, either.
The Bengals got back into the playoff race on Sunday by beating their former franchise quarterback and his new team 34-10. Cincinnati (6-5) moved into a tie with Pittsburgh for the second wild card spot, although the Steelers have the head-to-head tiebreaker.
For the first time since 1976, the Bengals have won three games in a row by at least 18 points.
''We had an OK November,'' coach Marvin Lewis said. ''So now let's have a better December. We need to have a better December that we had in November. That's our key right now. That'll give us a chance for a great January.''
Cincinnati did just about anything it wanted during a dominant first half against the Raiders (3-8), who have given up the most points in the NFL. They've dropped a season-hi...