Bengals-Packers halftime notes

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers and Cincinnati Bengals are tied in a shootout, 21-21, at intermission.

Here are some halftime notes:

  • Cincinnati tailback Cedric Benson is playing some of his best football as a Bengal. He is breaking tackles on first contact and often getting to the next level. Benson has 78 rushing yards in the first half.

  • Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer doesn’t seem to have all of his timing back at this point in the season. Some of his throws are great and some are baffling, such as his two picks to Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. On the first turnover, Woodson played under receiver Chad Ochocinco and Palmer failed to read it properly. On the second pick, Woodson baited Palmer and broke on the football for a pick six.

  • Cincinnati’s defense has been decent against Green Bay’s high-powered offense. Palmer’s picks have accounted for 14 of Green Bay’s 21 points so far. But the Packers have only notched one lengthy drive in the first half.

  • Both teams played a sloppy first half. For Cincinnati, the team continues to have patches of mental errors on offense. There have been a rash of false start penalties and holding calls negating big plays.

  • Packers safety Nick Collins injured his shoulder late in the second quarter and didn’t return. He walked off the field on his own and went into the locker room early. His return is questionable for the second half.