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Johnson directs Bengals to victory.

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The Associated Press

CINCINNATI - Chad Johnson commandeered a television camera behind the end zone, swung it around and aimed it at the field as part of a touchdown production that was two months in the making.

What he saw through the viewfinder: A Tennessee team playing itself out of the picture.

Johnson, the former Oregon State University standout, had a career-high 12 catches, set the Cincinnati record for career receptions, scored three touchdowns and steadied the Bengals to a 35-6 victory Sunday over the fading Titans.

"He deserves the credit," quarterback Carson Palmer said of the Pro Bowl receiver. "He's that good. We did a good job around him, too."

After emerging as one of the NFL's first-half surprises, Tennessee (6-5) has lost three in a row and its hold on a wild-card playoff berth in the AFC.

The offense has been sloppy and the defense has lost its ability to stop anybody, giving up 28, 34 and 35 points during the slide.

This one really got to them.

Forlorn quarterback Vince Young sat on the Tennessee bench by himself for more than seven minutes after the game ended, all kinds of thoughts running through his bowed head.

"Thoughts, man, just thoughts, trying to see what's going on, what's the problem, what we need to do to get back to where we need to be at," said Young, who was limited by a bruised thigh and a strained ankle. "Why is this all of a sudden happening to us, going back to that bad feeling that we had last year with getting our butt whooped?"

Browns 27, Texans 17: Derek Anderson threw two touchdown passes, Jamal Lewis rushed for 134 yards and a TD and Kellen Winslow had 10 catches as host Cleveland improved its playoff profile.

With their fifth straight victory at home and fifth in six games overall, the Browns (7-4) stayed within striking distance of first-place Pittsburgh in the AFC North and among the wild-card contenders.

Chargers 32, Ravens 14: LaDainian Tomlinson reached another milestone and host San Diego got a much-needed win.

Tomlinson had a quiet day until his 36-yard run early in the third quarter pushed the reigning league MVP past 10,000 career yards rushing, making him the 23rd player in NFL history to reach the milestone and the third in less than a month.

Philip Rivers rediscovered Antonio Gates, throwing two of his three touchdown passes to the All-Pro tight end. Rivers, who came in leading the NFL with 17 turnovers, didn't throw an interception for only the third game this season.

Jaguars 36, Bills 14: Fred Taylor ran for a season-high 104 yards and a touchdown and Josh Scobee kicked five field goals.

It was Jacksonville's third consecutive victory and kept the team in the thick of the AFC playoff picture.

The Jaguars (8-3) probably need to beat Indianapolis next week to have a shot at the AFC South title.

Raiders 20, Chiefs 17: Justin Fargas and LaMont Jordan each rushed for a touchdown and the defense came up with a big stop on fourth down, snapping a 17-game losing streak in the division for visiting Oakland.

Oakland hadn't beaten anybody in the AFC West since a 25-24 squeaker over Denver on Nov. 28, 2004, the longest ongoing streak of intradivisional futility in the NFL.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 26, 2007
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