Bengals Offense Shines in 27-19 Win over Titans

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Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback John Skelton (9) is pressed in the backfield by Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Zach Brown (55) in the second quarter of a preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals offense looked like it was already in midseason form, while a depleted defense made just enough plays to overcome the Tennessee titans by a 27-19 score.

With BenJarvus Green-Ellis (coach’s decision) being held out, that meant it was time for Giovani Bernard to be the star of the night, as he exploded for 55 total yards and one score vs. the Titans in a little more than one quarter of play. They came on 33 yards rushing on six carries (5.5 ypc) and one reception for 22 yards.

Second-year man Daniel Herron dominated the fourth-quarter, highlighted by a 40-yard touchdown run that gave the Bengals a comfortable 24-12 lead. He finished the night with 81 yards on nine carries.

While the ground game was dominant, the passing attack behind Andy Dalton was very efficient, and the third-year QB looks like he’s only improved on an exceptional first two years of his NFL career. He finished 9/14 for 115 yards with a touchdown and had a passer rating of 113.7. He completed passes to five different receivers as Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones had three receptions apiece.