The Cincinnati Bungles (4-11) finally discovered a winning combination Sunday — a lineup that includes neither Chad Ochocinco nor Terrell Owens. With both wide receivers sidelined by injuries, a relaxed Carson Palmer threw four touchdown passes and the Bungles routed San Diego, 34-20.
For Carolina (2-13), however, it was losing as usual. In fact, the Panters are making such a joke of the Bottom Ten race that officials reformulated the standings into the Carolina Conference and the Rest-of-NFL Conference.
Elsewhere, in the Third-String Quarterback Bowl, John Skelton led No. 7 Arizona over Stephen McGee and visiting Dallas (5-10). Cardinals officials refused to reduce the price of tickets for the game.
Looking ahead, if No. 2 Seattle (6-9) knocks off St. Louis this weekend, it will become the first NFL division champion with a losing record. Pete Carroll's latest book should be retitled "Win Forever — As Long as You're in the NFC West."