Key: The Bengals forced four turnovers, spoiling Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen’s NFL starting debut. Clausen had one pass intercepted and fumbled twice, finishing the first half with a passer rating of 0.0. Cedrick Benson had a rushing and receiving touchdown for Cincinnati.
Bengals said: “We think that if we keep the offense under 14 points then we are going to be in every ballgame.” — Chris Crocker, safety
Panthers said: “When you’re averaging four turnovers a game and scoring seven points a game, you’re not going to win many games.” — John Fox, coach