Bengals Dominate First Half Against Titans


Sep 21, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals can seem to do no wrong in the first half against the Tennessee Titans. Don’t Believe Me? Just ask my wife, who just happens to be a Titans fan. The Bengals go into half up 19-0.

Don’t be so quick to write off the game. In week 1, the Bengals were up 15-0 against the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore scored 3 times to make is 16-15 before the Bengals took the lead for good at 23-16.

The Bengals got a field goal early off of Mike Nugent. Andy Dalton had a reception from Mohammed Sanu for a touchdown on a flea flicker. After a holding call turned into a safety against the Titans, Giovani Bernard finished off the next drive with a rushing touchdown. Dalton has 91 yards passing but 18 yards receiving. AJ Green leads with 62 yards on 4 receptions, and Giovani Bernard led with 21 yards rushing including a touchdown.

The defense has been solid as well holding down this talented wide receiving core. The have kept Jake Locker with only 91 yards passing holding Wright to only 19 yards receiving and Shonn Greene to only 32 yards rushing. In fact, Locker leads the Titans in rushing with 45 yards so the Bengals have not done well at containing the quarterback. The Titans also forced Dalton’s first interception of the year with a tipped pass but they gave it back a few plays later as Locker threw an interception into the end zone.

This second half might be boring with the Bengals leading by 19 but the Bengals must hold their ground with a talented offensive receiving core in the Tennessee Titans.