NFL: Cincinnati 20, Carolina 7

Sept. 26, 2010 at 4:56 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Cedric Benson scored rushing and receiving touchdowns Sunday and the Cincinnati Bengals posted a wet 20-7 victory over Carolina.

Benson was steady in rainy conditions in Charlotte, ending with 81 yards rushing on 27 carries. His 7-yard receiving score with eight minutes remaining in the game effectively sealed the Bengals' win.

Cincinnati (2-1) pounced on four Carolina turnovers and used the miscues to dominate time-of-possession. The Bengals held the ball for 35:42 of the game's 60 minutes.

Carson Palmer didn't have a great day for Cincinnati but got the job done, going 19-of-37 for 195 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Four of the completions went to Jermaine Gresham for 59 yards.

Jimmy Clausen, making his first career start, struggled to complete just 16-of-33 passes for 188 yards for the Panthers (0-3).

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