Cincy starters kick back in pre-season victory

August 29, 2013 

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CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton's 4 minutes on the field were so satisfying that he didn't need more.

Dalton led the Bengals to a touchdown in his only drive, and Josh Johnson threw for another in his bid to win the backup job on Thursday as Cincinnati ended the pre-season with a 27-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Bengals (3-1) played most of their starters on offense and defense for one series only. Dalton's brief appearance ended in Giovani Bernard's 1-yard touchdown run.

"We came out tonight and did what we wanted to do," said Dalton, who completed his only pass in the seven-play drive that included an interference penalty.

"We moved the ball well with the first offense, especially running the ball, and we scored a TD.

"As far as the season, I feel we're ready to go. We've played together well. I like the new elements we have."

Bernard is one of them, a second-round pick who can catch the ball as well as run with it.

Matt Hasselbeck started for Indianapolis and led a 12-play drive against most of the Bengals' starters. Adam Vinatieri kicked a 43-yard field goal to complete it. Hasselbeck played two series and went 5 of 9 for 49 yards.

Vinatieri also was wide left on a 52-yard attempt.

The Bengals' starters moved the ball easily against a Colts defense of mostly backups during their one series on the field.

All-Pro receiver A.J. Green, who missed the first three weeks of camp with a bruised knee, played the series and drew an interference penalty from Josh Gordy in the end zone, setting up Bernard's 1-yard run.

Receiver Brandon Tate made more of an impact as a kick returner.

Tate's 51-yard kickoff return set up the touchdown. Tate also had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the previous preseason game at Dallas.

Johnson followed Dalton for the second game in a row and tried to secure the backup quarterback job with another run-and-pass performance. Johnson scrambled twice for 38 yards on a touchdown drive that culminated in his 3-yard pass to Marvin Jones.

Johnson's scrambling ability gave him an advantage over John Skelton in the competition to replace Bruce Gradkowski, who left as a free agent for Pittsburgh after last season.

Johnson finished the first half and went 7 of 13 for 67 yards with three sacks. He also had the two scrambles.


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When: Sept. 8, 1 p.m.

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