Even without A.J. Green BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Andrew Whitworth the potential of the Bengals offense and its variety of options were on display Saturday night. After the first team struggled in the preseason opener at Atlanta Andy Dalton directed two touchdown drives as the Bengals defeated Tennessee 27-19 at Paul Brown Stadium. The win puts the Bengals 2-0 in the preseason for the second straight year. “Things were clicking especially after the fumble” said Marvin Jones who had 3 receptions for 28 yards. “We came back and looked pretty sharp. We executed a lot of stuff we were supposed to. It was a long time between games and we were eager to get out there. We are doing great in practice and the offense is rolling. It's good to get out there and do some stuff.” In three drives Dalton was 9 of 14 for 115 yards with a touchdown and had a passer rating of 113.7. He completed passes to five different receivers as Jones and Sanu had three receptions each. Brandon Tate and first-round pick Tyler Eifert also had three receptions in the game. There are a couple other things though that will please offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. The Bengals were 6 of 13 on third-down conversions and had seven plays of 22 yards or more. “I’ve got full confidence in all the guys that we have. It’s fun to see — we’ve been practicing a while now — so it’s fun to see these guys come out and perform” Dalton said. “We’ve got some talented guys so I’ve just got to get them the ball in space and let them do what they can with it.” The running backs averaged 6.4 yards per carry. Bernard got the start after Green-Ellis got the night off and had 7 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown. The second-round pick also had a 22-yard reception which is the first reception of 20 or more yards by a Bengals back in 30 games including preseason and postseason. Daniel Herron who is making a bid for one of the last roster spots had 81 yards on 9 carries including a 40-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. In the battle of backup quarterbacks John Skelton played most of the second quarter and directed a scoring drive while Josh Johnson played the entire second half and had two scoring drives.
Bengals now 2-0 with 27-19 win over Titans
Cincinnati Enquirer | Aug 18