Fullback Pete Johnson rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns in his first start of the season, and quarterback Turk Schonert threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Cincinnati Bengals routed the Green Bay Packers, 34-14, today.
Cincinnati (3-6) won its second straight. The Packers (4-5) lost their second in a row.
Schonert, a four-year veteran who had not thrown an NFL touchdown pass until today, passed 10 yards to Steve Kreider for one score and two yards to Cris Collinsworth for another. Schonert, starting his third game in place of the injured Ken Anderson, completed 20 of 29 passes for 244 yards and ran four yards for a touchdown.
The Bengals took advantage of the NFL's worst defense, scoring on four of six possessions as they held a 27-7 lead at the half. One drive ended with a fumble on the Green Bay seven. Meanwhile, their defense virtually put the Packers, whose offense was ranked third in the league, out of the game in the second period. The Packers, on four possessions in the second quarter, punted from their 17, 3, 7 and 30.
"Their defense has played extremely well and kept them in ball games," Green Bay Coach Bart Starr said of the Bengals. "We just knew their offense was sitting there like a time bomb waiting to explode. We hoped it wouldn't explode on us."