With first preseason games being the time for backups and those on the roster bubble to get extensive playing time Josh Johnson and Dane Sanzenbacher made the most of their opportunities on Thursday night.

In a 34-10 win over the Falcons at the Georgia Dome Johnson directed the Bengals to four scoring drives and Sanzenbacher had two second-half touchdowns. The 24-point win is the largest in team history in an exhibition opener.

“It was nice to make good on the opportunities” said Sanzenbacher who had 2 receptions for a team-high 59 yards. “Obviously it’s the first preseason game so it’s nothing to get crazy about but it’s nice to start off fast.”

Even though the first offense wasn’t able to generate points in their two series the thing coach Marvin Lewis was happiest about was no turnovers in the game.

“I think the thing I felt good about the most is we took care of the football. The quarterbacks did a good job handling the situations” Lewis said. “It was a good step in the process. We had a lot of young guys playing out there and got them in good situations.”

The Bengals signed Johnson in March because of his familiarity with a West Coast scheme along with the athleticism he brings as one who could run some read-option plays. Johnson who had 64 yards on 4 carries showed that on the opening play of the second quarter when the pocket broke down and he scrambled for a 43-yard gain to the Atlanta 37. That led to the Bengals’ first points on a Mike Nugent 32-yard field goal.

But quarterbacks are signed and make a living on how they throw the ball. While he struggled in the short passes often delivering them too low Johnson was solid on the intermediate routes. After Atlanta went three-and-out the Bengals went on a 6-play 69-yard drive that culminated in a Johnson 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Tate that was a bullet between Robert McClain and Charles Mitchell.