The Bengals got out of their first quarter this season at Soldier field tied with the Bears 7-7.
The defense started with an impressive three and out limiting the Bears to just 8 yards before forcing a punt. What followed reminded Bengals fans, young and old, just how frequently they turn opportunity and optimism into disaster as quarterback Andy Dalton was picked of on just his second pass at the Cincinnati 36.
The ensuing drive saw the Bengals defense give up 18 yards on a third and long sustaining the Bears drive. Three plays later, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler found his tight end, Martellus Bennet in the back of the end zone in solid coverage. The touchdown gave Chicago the lead with just under ten minutes to go in the first quarter.
The Bengals offense responded with a three and out including two Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis rushes for four yards and an incomplete on third and six where Mohammad Sanu had only run a four yard pattern.