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Bengals back to even as Palmer comes to town

Monday - 11/19/2012, 3:06pm  ET

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton(14) runs into the end zone ahead of Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Jovan Belcher to score a touchdown during the first half of a an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Josh Adams)

AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals are back to the break-even mark as they get ready for a reunion. Carson Palmer is returning to town.

The Bengals (5-5) have gotten back into playoff contention by playing their best games of the season back-to-back. They've beaten the defending Super Bowl-champion Giants 31-13 and the lowly Chiefs 28-6 in the last two weeks, emerging from a four-game losing streak that had put their season on the brink.

Cincinnati trails Pittsburgh (6-4) and Indianapolis (6-4) for the two wild card playoff berths.

They've got a notable reunion coming up on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Palmer refused to play for the Bengals anymore after a 4-12 finish in 2010. They traded him to the Raiders, who are 3-7 with the NFL's most generous defense.

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