Unfortunately for Cincinnati, the Detroit defense came out ready to play. An Ashlee Palmer sack put Andy Dalton in a third and very long situation.
This would force the Bengals QB into making an ill-advised throw on the next play that resulted in an interception.
With the decent field position, Stafford quickly found Burleson deep again. But this time, he took it all the way to the house for a touchdown. So the Bengals would find themselves in a hole early, down 10-0.
Just when the Bengals thought things couldn’t get much worse, disaster struck on the next Bengals possession. On second down, Dalton was unable to find anyone open so he tucked the ball and tried to will his way to a first down. But the dangerous Detroit defense made him pay, leaving the quarterback injured and unable to get off the field on his own.