Sep 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the ball before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
After a wild start for the Cincinnati Bengals that included an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, things began settling down a little bit. It wasn't until the 8:47 remained in the first quarter, sporting a four-pont lead, before the Cincinnati Bengals offense took the field for the first time against the Browns. Yet they punted the football after a 12-play drive that resulted in a poor throw to Jermaine Gresham on third down, forcing the Bengals to punt. Cleveland responded with a handful of conversions, but forced to punt to kickoff the second quarter. Adam Jones returns the punt nine yards to the Bengals 29-yard line with 14:52 remaining in the second quarter.
Now it's time to pick up chunks of yards.
The Bengals quickly picked up a first down on a second-and-eight with Dalton hitting Green-Ellis on a swing pass out of the right flats, picking up eight and converting for the first down. Dalton escapes the ensuing play, reaching for the line of scrimmage but taking the sack one yard shy of scrimmage. On the following play Dalton perfectly hits Armon Binns' vertical, with a step over cornerback Buster Skrine for a 20-yard gain to Cleveland's 45-yard line with under 13 minutes remaining in the half.
Following a four-yard gain in which Green-Ellis trips on the turf, Dalton hits A.J. Green's skinny slant for a 12-yard gain to the 29-yard line. Customary on the drive, another first down handoff to BenJarvus Green-Ellis thanks to dominating blocks from Jeff Faine and Clint Boling, giving the running back room to pick up 19 yards on the ground, stopped at the 10-yard line. With 10:33 remaining in the half, Andy Dalton takes the first down snap and flings the football to his right with A.J. Green running a comeback route. Green easily avoids the tackle, jogging into the end zone uncontested.
The Bengals have a 14-3 lead on the 74-yard drive.