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CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals fans gave Carson Palmer a rude welcome back in his first trip to Paul Brown Stadium since being traded to Oakland last year. The Bengals were even less hospitable.

Cincinnati scored on three of its first four possessions and won its third straight game, 34-10, against the Raiders in a fight-marred game at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cincinnati left tackle Andrew Whitworth and Oakland defensive linemen Tommy Kelly and Lamarr Houston were ejected with 7:16 left in the fourth quarter following a fight that erupted one play after an inadvertent whistle denied Oakland a fumble recovery and possible touchdown.

Quarterback Andy Dalton, drafted in the second round to replace the disgruntled holdout Palmer in 2011, completed 16-of-30 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns while running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 129 yards and one touchdown as Cincinnati improved to (6-5) to keep pace in the AFC playoff chase and send Oakland (3-8) to its fourth straight loss.

Palmer completed 19-of-34 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked four times, lost one fumble and was intercepted once. The less-than-capacity crowd of 56,503 heartily booed Palmer every time he took the field

The Bengals drafted Palmer with the first overall pick in 2003 and he led them to AFC North division titles in 2005 and 2009 but asked for a trade following the 2010 season. The Bengals eventually gave into his demands and traded him to Oakland on Oct. 18, 2011, for the Raiders' first-round draft choice this past year and a second-round pick in 2013. They used the first-round pick this year to select cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

Cincinnati led 24-0 at halftime. Green-Ellis scored on a 1-yard run and Dalton threw touchdown passes of 12 and 5 yards to rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.

Palmer was sacked twice on Oakland's opening series, first by defensive tackle Geno Atkins and then by defensive end Michael Johnson. Cincinnati limited Oakland to 83 yards of offense in the first half and just 218 yards for the game.

Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green caught three passes for 111 yards but did not catch a touchdown pass for the first time since Week 1. His nine consecutive games with a touchdown are a single-season franchise record.

Cincinnati ends a three-game swing against the AFC West next Sunday when it travels to San Diego. The Raiders return home to face Cleveland.

NOTES: The Bengals have won all three games in their current streak by at least 18 points. That's the first time that's happened since 1976 ... Phillip Wheeler got Oakland's 12th sack of the season in the third quarter when he dropped Dalton for an 8-yard loss. The Raiders entered the game with the fewest sacks in the NFL. ... Green-Ellis ran for consecutive 100-yard games for the first time in his career. He had runs of 48 and 39 yards, getting stopped at the 1-yard line both times. ... Cincinnati kicker Mike Nugent made a 55-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. It was a career-long for him and equaled the Cincinnati franchise record set by Chris Bahr on Sept. 23, 1979.
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