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Bengals Second Quarter Offense Continues To Struggle

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 16:  Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass before the start of the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 16: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass before the start of the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Now with the game tied at seven, the Cincinnati Bengals began their fourth drive of the game from their own 20-yard line with 11:14 remaining in the first half. And as their second quarter offense continues to struggle, which we promoted on Saturday, Dalton was scanned the field two yards to go on third down. Out of shotgun the quarterback hands out off to Brian Leonard, picking up the first down after the six-yard gain.

On the following play, Cedric Benson exploded through the line of scrimmage for a nine yard run on first down to Cincinnati's 43-yard line; Benson picked up the first down on the following play with a three-yard gain. After a quick pass to Donald Lee for two yards on the right, Dalton hit Jerome Simpson on a slant to the left; the receiver lost control of the football as he was hit. With nine yards to go on third down, Andy Dalton finds Andre Caldwell on a hitch route near the left hashmarks for a seven yard gain, falling two yards short of the first down.

Bengals punt.