Cowboys rope Bengals, win 24-18
Ray Robinson | 8/27/2013, 7:54 a.m.
Time is always of the essence, but there just wasn’t enough time left on the clock for the Cincinnati Bengals as they came up short on Saturday night against the Dallas Cowboys, 24-18. The Cowboys opened up with good play from the arm of quarterback, Tony Romo.
Although he only played five series, the Cowboys’ quarterback was able to connect on 13 of his 18 attempts for 137 yards, two touchdowns and a 14-7 halftime lead. The touchdowns were the first of the preseason for the team. They kept their hands to themselves and didn’t commit any turnovers in the game, either.
The Bengals were also able to move the ball behind their starting quarterback, Andy Dalton. Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green finally suited up after missing the first two preseason games, while nursing a bruised left knee. He snagged 3 catches for 42 yards for an average of 14 yards per catch.
Dalton did a decent job while at the helm. He threw for 113 yards, hitting on 12 of his 16 attempts, however, Dalton was unsuccessful at getting into the end zone.
In the first quarter, Cowboys punter Chris Jones kicked one so high that it hit part of the works that holds up the scoreboard and had to re-kick the ball. On the re-kick, Cincinnati return man Brandon Tate took it to the house for a touchdown, going 75 yards in the process.
Green nearly scored on a fade route in the end zone, but his second foot came down out of bounds, keeping the Bengals from scoring. The play could have changed the outcome of the game in favor of Cincinnati, if they had scored and then gotten the extra point.
In their first two preseason games, the Bengals averaged 431.5 yards per game. Their first team offense also had not given up a touchdown during the 2013 preseason.
The Cowboys advance their record to 2-2 while the Bengals record stands at 2-1.
The Bengals will face the Indianapolis Colts this Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium. Game time is 7:00pm.