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Bengals open with an early 7-0 lead on Giovani Bernard touchdown

The Bengals, not the Packers, are moving the football with relative ease on a ten-play drive that went 80 yards, capped by a Giovani Bernard touchdown.

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Have you ever heard of the perfect start?

For the first time this season, the Bengals received the game's opening kickoff and Cincinnati's offense quickly moved the football downfield. Following a one-yard scramble by Andy Dalton, BenJarvus Green-Ellis found a cut-back lane after his initial read in the targeted running lane was congested. A ten-yard pick up pushed Cincinnati to their own 31-yard line with 13:44 remaining in the first quarter.

And they moved the football with relative ease. On second down with 13:19 in the first, Jermaine Gresham caught the football on a flair towards the right, driving through seven Packer defenders to gain eight yards on the play and a first down.

Then Andy Dalton had his greatest gain of the possession, finding Mohamed Sanu near the right sidelines, avoiding Tramon Williams and allowing Sanu down the sidelines for a 32-yard gain to Green Bay's 25-yard line. Cincinnati pounded the football with runs and short passes until they had second and goal from the Packers three-yard line. Giovani Bernard took the handoff and cleared the right edge, diving 3-4 yards short of the goalline and finding his inner Michael Jordan to break the plane and give Cincinnati a 7-0 lead.

The 10-play drive went 80 yards and took 5:40 off the clock.

Mike Nugent short-changed the ensuing kickoff to the eight-yard line where Jeremy Ross muffed the kickoff. After a mad scramble, Taylor Mays recovered the football on Green Bay's two-yard line. BenJarvus Green-Ellis lowered his shoulder into the endzone and the Bengals open with 14-0 lead.