Johnson list-ens

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson has received almost as much attention for his locker-room list as for his touchdown tangos.

But the colourful playmaker found a new list by his stall this week courtesy of coach Marvin Lewis.

Replacing the "Who covered 85 (Johnson's number) in 2005" list of cornerbacks he has faced was a message from Lewis asking a series of questions.

Among the challenges under the heading "Did 85 do everything to lead his team to victory on 11-6-05?" were: "Did he study extra tape? Zero mental errors in practice? Make a teammate better? Run after the catch?"

Apparently Johnson got the message, acknowledging that "a higher authority" put up a new list. Johnson had added a slightly more risque version for this week that might have riled the Baltimore Ravens.

"Ask the chief, he did it," Johnson said playfully when asked to where his list had disappeared. "He messed up my fun for the week, man. This is the week of all weeks. I've been waiting for Baltimore."

Ravens coach Brian Billick was more amused than angry with the antics.

"You've got to give the guy credit, he's witty as hell," Billick said. "He's clever. He's fun to read."

Card act to follow

Other than the heat and humidity that can get to northern teams, the home-field advantage for the Arizona Cardinals long has been negligible.

Empty seats and half-hearted fans have greeted the desert birds for years.

"There have been games where the offence has been struggling and our own fans boo our offence," Cardinals tackle Darnell Dockett said. "It's like, excuse my language, but what type of (bleep) is that? True Cardinals fans are supposed to be behind us."

BETTER IN TEXAS?

After becoming the first NFL team since 1929 not to have held a lead at any point in any game, the Houston Texans are looking for a much smoother second half of the season.

"I can't say enough how hard it is to get the first one," Texans quarterback David Carr said of last week's 19-16 win over the Cleveland Browns. "Once you get that, you're just another football team out there trying to win another game."


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