The Bengals are looking to rebound in week two against the Cleveland Browns after getting blown out by the Baltimore Ravens in week one, 44-13. Heading into this matchup the Bengals have won three in a row and six of the last seven against Cleveland. These two teams have combined for some high scoring classics over the years. In ’04 they combined for 106 points in a week twelve Bengals win, 58-48, and then in week two of the ’07 season they combined for 96 points as the Browns held on for a 51-45 win. This game would not be that high scoring, but the two teams did battle back and forth.
Unlike week one, the Bengals are able to get off to a quick start after stopping the Browns on four plays. On the drive Cleveland is able to pick up one first down on a thirteen yard run by rookie running back Trent Richardson, but then they are forced to punt three plays later as Michael Johnson sacks Brandon Weeden. Cincinnati’s offense never gets on the field thanks to an 81 yard punt return touchdown from Adam “Pacman” Jones, putting the Bengals up 7-0. The Browns are able to get on the scoreboard with a nine play drive ending with a 50 yard field goal from Phil Dawson. With the score 7-3, the teams exchange punts before the first quarter comes to an end.
Sep 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) scores a touchdown during the first half against Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
To start the second quarter the Bengals go on an eight play, seventy-four yard touchdown drive, taking up a little more than four minutes off the clock. They are able to pick up three big first downs, the first on a twenty yard pass from Dalton to Armon Binns, the second on an A.J. Green twelve yard reception, and the third on a Green-Ellis nineteen yard run down to the Browns 10 yard line. Andy Dalton then hits Green for a ten yard touchdown making it 14-3. Cleveland wastes no time getting a touchdown of their own and keeping the game close, by taking just two minutes and getting a big 32 yard run by Richardson to finish off the scoring drive. The Bengals are then able to get a Mike Nugent 39 yard field goal to cap off the first half scoring. It is 17-10 Bengals heading into halftime.