This time, the Bengals defense responded with their second three and out of the quarter but the ensuing Bears punt was downed inside the Bengal’s five yard line. Finally, on their third drive, the Bengals offense gained its first first down of the season as rookie first round draft pick, Tyler Eifert caught and ran for seventeen yards to the 26. The following three plays included an end around by Marvin Jones and both run and a reception by rookie running back, Giovani Bernard.
That set up a 42 yard pass from Dalton to A. J. Green that ended up at the Chicago four yard line. Two plays later, Dalton found Green wide open on the right for the Bengal’s first touchdown in 2013, tying the score at Soldier field at 7-7.
Before the quarter ended, the defense would give up another third as long as Jay Cutler was able to find Brandon Marshall over the middle for 13 yards on third and nine from the Bears 21 yard line.
That’s the way the quarter ended. The Bengals gave up easy points to a mediocre team and came back to keep it close. Clearly they have the talent they need to succeed but giving up third and longs on defense, a personal foul and the interception lead the Bengals fan to fall into that familiar feeling of “almost good enough” that fits, too well, like an old glove.