CINCINNATI (AP) - Cedric Benson's ran himself into a little bit
of Cincinnati Bengals history.
The running back returned from a two-game layoff because of an
injured hip and tied the team record with his fifth 100-yard game
of the season on Sunday, setting up a 23-13 victory over the
Detroit Lions that had even greater significance for the franchise.
The Bengals (9-3) assured themselves of a winning record for
only the second time in 19 years. The other one came in 2005, when
Cincinnati won the AFC North and lost its opening playoff game to
After a solid first quarter, the Lions (2-10) went nowhere and
had the game end badly. Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford
aggravated his non-throwing shoulder with 3:37 to go and didn't
return, watching the final minutes from the bench.
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