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Mike Nugent Kicks A Field Goal To Give The Bengals A 10-7 Lead As The First Half Expires

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CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 16: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up 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: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up 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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Cincinnati's defense continues to get gashed on first down, after running back Delone Carter picked up five yards on a run to the right, stopped by Robert Geathers. After an incomplete pass, the Bengals defense call a timeout after Pierre Garcon was flanked out wide without a man covering him. Third-and-five from the Colts 22-yard line, Painter takes the shotgun snap and quickly throws to Garcon on a hitch route. Reggie Nelson and the Bengals defense baited Painter into the throw with Nelson drilling Garcon for a two-yard loss, forcing the Colts to punt.

On the first play of Cincinnati's ensuing possession, Dalton fakes the handoff to Cedric Benson, finding Jerome Simpson on a deep post over the middle for an 18-yard gain to Cincinnati's 44-yard line. After a two-yard quick pass to Jermaine Gresham (can we get him more vertical for pete's sake?) and an ineffective run by Benson setting up a third-and-four. Dalton takes a third down shotgun snap from the Bengals 49-yard line and finds A.J. Green running out towards the right sidelines for a ten-yard gain to the Colts 40-yard line.

Benson, largely an ineffective aspect of Cincinnati's offense this afternoon, loses a yard on first down, setting up a two-yard gain to Jermaine Gresham, who was floated out into the left flats. Eight yards to go on third down from the Colts 37-yard line, the Colts jumped offsides as Kyle Cook snapped the football. Andy Dalton realized the free play, and threw the football to Jerome Simpson for a nine-yard gain. What a heads up play by Dalton!

Now that the two minute warning has passed, the Bengals setup shop at the Colts 29 yard-line.

Dalton hands off to Cedric Benson, who runs to the right, bounces outside and runs out of bounds after an 11-yard gain. The run was negated after A.J. Green was called for holding, pushing the Bengals back to the Colts 39-yard line. Green takes the shotgun snap, hits Jerome Simpson who made a finger-tip reception and sprinted through three Colts defenders and nearly scored the touchdown on the 28-yard reception. What a play.

Now the Bengals have three downs at the Colts 10-yard line. Fake handoff to Benson on first down on a wide receiver screen to the left for a four-yard gain. Benson takes the handoff on second down and pushes, and pushes, and pushes for a four-yard gain as the Bengals call their second timeout of the half with 14 seconds remaining in the half.

Third-and-goal from the Colts two-yard line. The Bengals, for some reason I can't figure out, hand off to Benson who falls at least a yard short of the first down. Bengals use their final timeout and kick the field goal to take a 10-7 lead as the first half expires.