Aug 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT

Bengals comeback falls short as Dallas prevails with 24-18 win

 

The Cincinnati Bengals typically haven’t had much success in dress rehearsal games, as they’re just 2-8 in Preseason Game No. 3 in the tenure of Marvin Lewis. That trend held true tonight, as the Bengals dropped their first preseason game, 21-18 to the Dallas Cowboys. At 2-1 this preseason, the Bengals will return to Cincinnati next week to host the Indianapolis Colts in the finale before heading to Chicago to face the Bears in the regular-season opener. 

After a sloppy first-half that left the Bengals trailing 14-7 at halftime, the majority of the first team offense came out and drove right down the field on the strength of their newfound running game behind rookie Giovani Bernard. After a first-half that saw BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani have a combined 14 yards rushing on eight carries, the Bengals focused on running the ball with Bernard, who got two-straight carries for 24 yards.

After a 26-yd catch by Green put the Bengals at the DAL-16, the offense stalled, and Quinn Sharp booted in a chippy cut the deficit to 14-10. From there on out, the backups finished the game.

DeMarco Murray would carry the Cowboys’ offense the rest of the way, rushing 12 times for 51 yards and caught a 7-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, and put Dallas up 21-10. Josh Johnson came in and got the only backup QB snaps of the night, and directed a 14-play, 60-yard drive in 5:34 to get the Bengals within 3 points at 21-18, but after a late Dallas drive ate-up much of the clock, Johnson would get the ball back one last time with Cincinnati trailing 24-18 and under a minute left.

But an interception would end the comeback attempt, and the Bengals are now 2-1 this preseason.

 

FINAL TEAM STATS

CIN
 
DAL
First Downs
13
24
Total Yards
235
356
Passing Yards
146
202
Rushing Yards
89
154
Penalties (Yds)
7(82)
7(65)
Turnovers
4
0
Punts (AVG)
2(37)
4(15)
Time of Pos.
20:29
39:17

 

 

CINCINNATI BENGALS
Passing
Cmp
Att
Yds
TDs
A. Dalton
12
16
113
0
Rushing
Car
Yds
Avg
TDs
G. Bernard
6
39
6.5
0
C. Hamilton
1
18
18
0
Receiving
Rec
Yds
Avg
TDs
A. Green
3
42
14
0
M. Jones
2
20
10
0
 
DALLAS COWBOYS
Passing
Cmp
Att
Yds
TDs
T. Romo
13
18
137
2
Rushing
Car
Yds
Avg
TDs
J. Randle
16
66
4.1
0
D. Murray
12
51
4.2
0
Receiving
Rec
Yds
Avg
TDs
M. Austin
4
59
14.8
1
D. Bryant
6
54
9
1

 

 

 

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