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Not-so-warm homecoming for Carson Palmer

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The Raiders’ rushing offense ranks second-worst in the league, so they’ve had to rely on the pass. Palmer has done his job — he ranks 10th in the league in passing yards (2,355) and touchdowns (13). Baltimore’s defense hasn’t been what it once was, allowing 346 yards per game. Photo Credit: AP

Carson Palmer returns to Cincinnati for the first time since being traded to the Raiders last year. Palmer, the Bengals' No. 1 overall pick in 2003, isn't expecting a warm welcome.

"I expect it to be loud and extremely electric," Palmer said. "I'm not exactly expecting a welcome back."

No, indeed. But the Bengals have moved on quite nicely from the Palmer era. They went to the playoffs with rookie quarterback Andy Dalton last year, and at 5-5, they're in the thick of the AFC wild-card race this season.

It wasn't until Dalton showed last year that he was a capable quarterback that the Bengals decided to trade Palmer, who had refused to report to the team. "It's great to show that they had the confidence in me to do something like that," Dalton said of the trade.

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