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Palmer-to-Ocho still the connection in Cincy

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By Michael Blunda

When Terrell Owens signed with the Bengals this offseason, he and Chad Ochocinco deemed themselves "Batman and Robin." But in Week One, it was the Boy Wonder who outshined the Caped Crusader.

While T.O. came out and had seven catches for 53 yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, Ochocinco blew those stats out of the water, tying a career high with 12 receptions and piling up 159 yards and a touchdown. It was one of Chad's best outings in years, and it went to show that the veteran wideout is still the favorite target for QB Carson Palmer.

In fact, Owens' arrival could help Ochocinco's numbers. With defenses being forced to pay attention to T.O. on the other side, the longtime Bengal won't have to deal with the double coverage he often faced last season. T.O. may steal some targets, but he'll also make Ochocinco's life easier in many ways.

Palmer also had a huge 2010 debut (345 yards, two TDs, one INT), but these numbers are skewed because Cincy was playing from behind the entire game at New England. The club isn't going to have a 2-1 pass-run ratio most weeks, so don't start thinking that Palmer has returned to elite fantasy status just yet.

However, with rookies Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham looking very good in their first pro games, Palmer does have more weapons than ever and could exceed most expectations this season.

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