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Cincinnati is off to its best start in 15 years and the Bengals are doing it by flustering opposing quarterbacks.

The Bengals, who entered the game in Chicago with a league-leading 10 takeaways, picked off Bears QB Kyle Orton five times. The Bengals became the first NFL team in 34 years to intercept five passes in consecutive games.

Madieu Williams, Keiwan Ratliff, Tory James, Deltha O'Neal and Brian Simmons each intercepted Orton. The Bengals intercepted Daunte Culpepper five times in last week's 37-8 victory over Minnesota; the 1971 Cleveland Browns were the last to pick off five in back-to-back games.

Carson Palmer threw three touchdowns, two of them to Chad Johnson, and Rudi Johnson rushed for 84 yards.

Chicago's Thomas Jones rushed for 106 yards and scored the Bears' lone touchdown. Cedric Benson, the No. 4 pick in the draft, did not play.

Orton -- who had thrown only one interception in the first two weeks -- completed just 17 of 39 passes for 149 yards. By the time he was intercepted a fifth time, the Bears were still in it -- down 10-0 five minutes into in the third quarter.

That's when O'Neal picked off a pass intended for Muhsin Muhammad, the fourth interception of the season for O'Neal, who entered the game tied with Chicago's Nathan Vasher for the league lead. Palmer took advantage, driving his team 70 yards and finishing with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Chris Henry.


Cincinnati: C.Johnson 18 pass from Palmer (Graham kick), 13:46.

Cincinnati: FG Graham 33, 5:31.


Cincinnati: Henry 36 pass from Palmer (Graham kick), 7:03.


Chicago: T.Jones 2 run (Brien kick), 13:30.

Cincinnati: C.Johnson 40 pass from Palmer (Graham kick), 11:56.

Attendance: 62,045.

BengalsBearsFirst Downs 1116Total Net Yards 244255Rushes-Yards 34-8328-106Passing 161149Punt Returns 3-174-12Kickoff Returns 2-565-88Interceptions Ret. 5-20-0Comp-Att-Int 16-23-017-39-5Sacked-Yards Lost 1-80-0Punts-Avg. 9-40.06-42.2Fumbles-Lost 2-14-1Penalties-Yards 9-777-88Time Of Possession 31:0828:52 RUSHING

Cincinnati: R.Johnson 25-84, Perry 1-2, J.Johnson 1-1, C.Johnson 1-(minus 1), Palmer 6-(minus 3).

Chicago: T.Jones 27-106, Orton 1-0.


Cincinnati: Palmer 16-23-0-169.

Chicago: Orton 17-39-5-149.


Cincinnati: Henry 4-51, C.Johnson 3-77, Perry 3-20, Houshmandzadeh 2-13, R.Johnson 2-(minus 2), Stewart 1-6, Schobel 1-4.

Chicago: T.Jones 5-8, Muhammad 4-58, Wade 4-47, Bradley 2-26, Peterson 1-7, Edwards 1-3.


Chicago: Brien 39 (WL).