Chiefs defeat Bengals 41-39 in preseason opener
08/07/2014 11:34 PM
The Bengals and Chiefs welcomed football back with a high scoring game (most points ever scored in a Bengals preseason game, 80 total) and the Chiefs coming out on top 41 – 39.
It was a solid but short night for Andy Dalton. As expected, the starting quarterback played just one series. Dalton went 3 of 5, including a 53 yard bomb to A.J. Green that led to a Mike Nugent field goal to put the Bengals on the board.
“I knew all eyes would be on me after all the news this week, so it felt good to get out there and have things go pretty well,” said Dalton.
Back-up quarterback Jason Campbell replaced Dalton and threw a touchdown to Brandon Tate to put Cincinnati up 10-0 just 6:34 into the game.
The strong start was then followed by a brutal six minutes or so. After being up 10-0, Bengals quickly became 17-10 Chiefs. The Bengals special teams stood out in a negative way, while we also saw a number of poor snaps from Russell Bodine.
Bengals first round draft pick Darqueze Dennard took the field in the second quarter and immediately showed he can contribute with a sack. The Dennard sack was then followed up by a 40 yard pick six by Dre Kirkpatrick.
After an action-packed first half, the Chiefs led 27-24.
The scoring calmed down a little in the third quarter; just one touchdown by the Chiefs on a Jason Campbell pick six. The Bengals started the fourth with a touchdown by James Wright, who by the way, didn’t catch a single pass at LSU last year yet caught his first NFL touchdown in the first preseason game.
One of the interesting position battles is for the last spots at wide receiver, and they all came to play tonight. James Wright, Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher each caught touchdown passes working to earn a roster spot.
Quarterback Matt Scott had a somewhat surprisingly strong showing. As the game came to an end, Scott actually got sick on the field before and after a snap. After leaving the field briefly, he came back in, threw a touchdown pass and ran in a two point conversion to lead a comeback attempt for the Bengals.
While there were many positives, a couple things the Bengals coaching staff won’t be happy with are penalties and special teams.
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