It's not fair.
Just. Not. Fair.
That's what defensive back Antonio Allen is saying to himself. With 2:51 remaining in the first quarter, A.J. Green did his speciality route... run faster than everyone else down the right sidelines. Andy Dalton perfectly dropped the football into Green's basket, picking up 35 yards to the New York Jets eight-yard line. Dalton has completed his first eight passes of the game, posting 144 yards and a touchdown.
Cincinnati's possession momentarily stalled on a Russell Bodine offensive hold, but the Bengals recovered with a 13-yard slant to A.J. Green (around the right hash) with quarterback and receiving exposing a beautiful gap in New York's zone defense. Giovani Bernard powered to the one-yard line, setting up a third and goal with a minute remaining in the first quarter. Dalton handed off to Bernard, who chugged his little tree-trunk legs -- with help from everyone in orange shoving the pile -- into the endzone.
We'd be remiss if we didn't point out Giovani Bernard's 10-yard run off the left edge, following a tremendous pull block from Kevin Zeitler.