The Bengals starting defense looked shaky on it’s first series, allowing Matt Hasselbeck to pick them apart to the tune of 5/8 passing for 49 yards, most of which were after the catch as Bengals defenders missed several tackles on the drive. They did manage to stiffen and Adam Vinatieri booted a field goal from 43 yards out to give the Colts an early 3-0 lead.
Brandon Tate continued his red-hot preseason by returning the ensuing kickoff 51 yards. The majority of the first-team offense came out and pounded BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard right up the middle (behind John Conner, who started at fullback) for 28 yards. On 3rd-down Andy Dalton hit Mohamed Sanu, who broke a tackle and raced 18 yards down to the 1-yard line, where Gio would punch it in with Conner lead-blocking.
It was everything we needed to see from the offense and then some.
It’s worth noting that on the ensuing defensive series, Emanuel Lamur injured his knee and was down on the field for an extended amount of time.
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