The Cincinnati Bengals jumped out to a quick 14-0 start in the first quarter, while the Oakland Raiders open the second quarter with only 18 yards of total offense, led by Carson Palmer's 2 of 6 effort for nine yards. Palmer shifted a handful of dump-off passes, including an incomplete third down broken up by Adam Jones, forcing the Raiders to punt. Brandon Tate fair caught the football at Cincinnati's 11-yard line with 13:27 remaining in the first half.
Andy Dalton opens the possession with an eight-yard scramble and third down conversion by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, picking up three yards to Cincinnati's 22-yard line.
One second and one with under 11 minutes remaining in the first half, Dalton fakes the handoff and gives the football to A.J. green on an end around, picking up 20 yards down near the left sidelines. Eventually the Bengals have third and three, following consecutive Jermaine Gresham receptions picking up seven yards. Green-Ellis picked up the first down on a power run up the gut with a four-yard gain.
Cincinnati has the football at the Raiders 36-yard line on second and eight with under nine minutes remaining in the first half. Cedric Peerman takes the handoff, fights through a handful of attempted tackles, picking up 31 yards down the left sidelines to the Raiders five-yard line.
After a no-gain on first down and incomplete to A.J. Green in the endzone, Bengals have first and goal from the five. Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap and fires the fastball over the middle to a diving Mohamed Sanu for a touchdown; his second of the afternoon.
Bengals take a 21-0 lead with 7:28 remaining in the second quarter.