+ Bengals Win Over Green Bay In Week Two Set The Tone (September 20, 2009). The Bengals took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Packers retook the lead before the quarter was over. Carson Palmer ties the game early in the second quarter, then throws a pick-six to Charles Woodson giving the Packers the lead. Then the Bengals tied at half time. The Bengals offense scored another 10 points in the second half, and the defense limited the Packers offense to a 45-yard field goal giving Cincinnati a 31-24 win.
It was Cincinnati's first win during the 2009 AFC North championship season, only a week after a devastating tipped pass to Brandon Stokley late against the Denver Broncos. But it also set the tone for the entire season.
Cedric Benson rushed for 141 yards and Carson Palmer didn't reach 200 yards passing, but still made the critical touchdown throws (something he did often in the first half of the 2009 season). Along with forcing two fumbles (Rey Maualuga causing both), defensive end Antwan Odom tied a franchise record with five quarterback sacks in the game -- Maualuga also contributed with a sack. Additionally the Bengals defense didn't allow a touchdown after the first quarter.