From the looks of the Bengals first drive, it looked like we were in for a long season. On the first offensive possession, Andy Dalton took a three-step drop and a quick fire right to AJ Green, was picked off by Tillman that looked like a sure Pick-6. The play was called back after the player’s knee had touched the ground as he caught the ball. It didn’t look good as Jay Cutler led them to take a 7-0 lead off the turnover. The next drive was a three and out and the Bengals had started off on the wrong foot.
Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a 45 yard touchdown pass over Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
After a couple bad penalty’s, Dalton and the offense then answered with a 9 play, 97 yard drive to tie the game at 7. Dalton looked sharp converting 4 of his 5 passes including a beautiful 42 yard pass to AJ Green, who caught it with one hand. Green also caught the touchdown after burning Charles Tillman with an in and out. The Bengals defense was stellar the rest of the first half but forcing a lot of three and outs and giving the ball back to the offense who was on a roll. Before the end of the second quarter, another beautiful 8 play drive was stopped short inside Bears territory.
Dalton threw a perfect pass to Green in coverage that was not only dropped, but also batted into the air and intercepted. Dalton was again, very sharp the whole drive.