December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) evades pressure from Dallas Cowboys strong safety Danny McCray (40) at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

First Half Recap: Cincinnati Bengals Controlling Dallas, but hold Slim Lead



We’re at halftime in Cincinnati, and I believe fans from both sides are getting exactly what they bargained for. A close game, no matter what way you look at it. The score: Bengals 13, Cowboys 10.

For the Cincinnati Bengals, the offense appears to have found its groove again, after looking a little lackluster last week against the San Diego Chargers.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and the Bengals running game continues to be productive, as the Law Firm is averaging almost 7 yards per carry, including one or two explosive runs early on. Brian Leonard is seeing a bit more action, totaling 15 yards on three carries.

Then, of course, there was Marvin Jones. The Bengals executed a fake run up the middle, and gave the football to Jones on a beautiful end-around that picked up 37 yards. It was the play that helped set up the Bengals first touchdown of the game. Jones was also on the receiving end of a 3rd-and-12 completion for a first down.

Andy Dalton has also been solid so far, despite a interception on a dangerous play-action play. He’s passed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 10/14 attempts through the air.

Temporarily replacing Mike Nugent is veteran Josh Brown, who the Bengals signed on Thursday following a Thursday tryout. He has hit a 25-yard field goal, as well as a 33-yarder in the second quarter.

A problem the Bengals have had have comes in the form of injuries this first half for Cincinnati. Rey Mauluga was injured early on, and Leon Hall was hurt a second time after coming back from being shaken up.

As the Dallas Cowboys drove late in the first half, Reggie Nelson intercepted a long pass by Tony Romo, Dallas’ only turnover of the game so far.

A few games around the league seem to be favoring Cincinnati. The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently being shut out 10-0 in Ben Roethlisberger’s return against the San Diego Chargers.

The Tennessee Titans are also leading the Indianapolis Colts 20-7 at half time. The Colts currently lead the AFC wild card race for the No. 5 playoff seed.

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