Talk about a disappointing possession.
After Mohamed Sanu hauled in a 33-yard pass (during an X-route with A.J. Green), the Bengals have first down from the Jaguars nine-yard line with 5:54 remaining in the second. You could feel that the momentum was clearly swinging in Cincinnati's favor.
Dalton takes the shotgun snap and approaches the line of scrimmage on the following play, almost as if he was going to run with the football. Then suddenly, Dalton flips the football to A.J. Green on a weird-looking wide receiver screen. Green fights for yards and loses the football on a fumble that was recovered by Sanu. During that same play, Jeremy Hill is attended to by training staff and eventually limps to the sidelines. Nice. Just... fuggin', nice.
On the next play, Dalton flips a fastball to Green, who runs a post from the slot, scoring a 12-yard touchdown and taking a 14-3 lead... flag. Green lined up offsides, which nullifies the penalty. Two plays later, Mike Nugent converts the 31-yard field goal to give Cincinnati a 10-3 lead.
Cincinnati's defense forced a three-and-out (capped by a third down Carlos Dunlap sack). Taylor Mays blocked Bryan Anger's punt, which bounced out of bounds for an eventual safety.