Bengals Get Troublemaker for Raiders Game

By Joe Kukura
|  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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The Bengals acquired running back Larry Johnson to play against the Oakland Raiders.

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If ever there were a good week for the Oakland Raiders to face a division-leading AFC playoff team, then this is a good week for the Raiders to be playing the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals are this year's official Cinderella team, cruising to a 7-2 record on the strength of their surprise MVP candidate Cedric Benson. The Bengals are heavy 9.5-point favorites over the Raiders.

But the Bengals' Cinderella story hits a troublesome twist this week as they face the Raiders. Benson, the Bengals workhorse back who leads the league in carries, thinks he won't be able to face the Raiders because of a nagging hip injury.

So the Bengals have turned to Larry Johnson, signing the mouthy malcontent to carry the load after he was cast off by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Larry Johnson is quite a downgrade for the Bengals, and he's not exactly a Raider-killer. The last time the Raiders faced Johnson, they enjoyed their first win of the season. Johnson scored zero points and stumbled to a modest 3.3 yard-per-carry average.

Since then, Johnson's career dove downhill after he publicly ripped his coach and called his fans out with a gay slur on Twitter. Hope you enjoy feeling all the love from your new running back, Bengals fans!

Meanwhile, Raiders fans just got a better chance to feel the love of an upset win this weekend.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who finds the use of gay slurs unacceptable, except maybe when used toward Kansas City Chiefs fans.

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