Rapid Reaction: Bengals 45, Bears 10

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

CINCINNATI -- One of the biggest routs of Week 7 came from a game most didn’t expect.

The Cincinnati Bengals romped the Chicago Bears with an easy 45-10 victory at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 233 yards and five touchdowns, while tailback Cedric Benson rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown against his former team.

Cincinnati put up more points and total yards (448) against the Bears than any opponent this season.

This matchup was considered a toss-up involving two playoff hopefuls. But the disparity makes you wonder if the Bengals (5-2) are even better than advertised, or if the Bears (3-3) are vastly overrated. Perhaps it’s a combination of the two.

Cincinnati enters its bye week happy and in a tie for first place in the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2). The Bengals own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Pittsburgh. The Bears, meanwhile, continue their AFC North slate with a game next week against the Cleveland Browns (1-6).