T.O. proves he can still excel in right situation

Posted Oct. 04, 2010 @ 1:41 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

The circumstances set up perfectly for Bengals WR Terrell Owens in Sunday's contest, and he responded with a vintage outing.

With the Browns double-teaming Chad Ochocinco all game long, T.O. took advantage of mismatches to have one of the best days of his long career, catching 10 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown. The only game in which he had more yardage was his 20-catch outing back when he was with the 49ers in 2000.

While this was a great day for Owens and QB Carson Palmer, who threw for 371 yards and two TDs in the loss, it's not something that's about to become a habit. Prior to Sunday, the 36-year-old wideout hadn't found paydirt or topped 57 yards in a game this season. Not all defenses are going to devote extra coverage to Ochocinco, meaning T.O. won't get to pick on weaker corners every week. In fact, this is almost surely the best game he's going to have all season, so if you can score something decent for him in a trade, you should pull the trigger.

That said, the veteran receiver has shown that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank, and at least against lesser opponents, he could be worth a roll of the dice in your lineup. Week Five against the Buccaneers might not be a bad time to put him out there and hope for a repeat performance of Sunday — or at least half of that.