CINCINNATI – Carson Palmer threw for a pair of touchdowns and Rudi Johnson ran for two more Sunday, setting up a 27-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders that strengthened Cincinnati’s playoff chances.

The Bengals (8-5) have won four in a row, moving to the forefront of the AFC wild card race. At the moment, Cincinnati is in position for one of the two spots, with pivotal games coming up the next two weeks at Indianapolis and at Denver.

It’s all coming together for the defending AFC North champions, who have developed an astonishly stout defense that would come in handy in the postseason.

The Raiders (2-11) had another self-destructing performance against a defense setting new team standards. The Bengals have allowed only 17 points in the last three games, a franchise first.

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