Across the NFL this week, all the teams have been gearing up for week one of pre-season, getting everything ready for their first game since the Super Bowl earlier this year. The Cincinnati Bengals kicked off their pre-season on Friday Night and put on an impressive display against a rather shambolic New York Giants.
As with most pre-season games the first drive was completed by starting players but the Bengals offense were so efficient that they were taken off after less than three minutes; finishing off their short stint with a three-yard touchdown, from Dalton to Sanu. Andy Dalton completed all three of his passes in the few minutes he had and Tyler Eifert impressed throughout his brief spell posting 30 receiving yards.
Then, after New York failed to score, the next few points came from Tom Obarski who scored a 46-yard field goal, giving the Bengals a 10-0 lead. For the rest of the game, Bengals fielded second and third string players who performed well, whilst New York left Eli Manning and the rest on the starters on for four series.
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Rookie linebacker P.J. Dawson and defensive tackle Marcus Hardison dominated an unprepared Giants defense, playing like well experienced players, whilst the new cornerback Troy Hill made some good plays.
Terrell Watson and James Wilder Jr. tore up running lanes and racked up a total of 21 carries for 105 yards. Wilder got the Bengals second touchdown for the Bengals making it 17-7 after the Giants' RB Darkwa ran in to the endzone from one yard out.
The last points of the game came from a Giants field goal and two from the Bengals to wrap it all up at 23-10. Overall, the Bengals gained over 400 yards almost doubling New York's 224.
The Giants were dealt a final, more lasting blow as their fifth-round pick Mykkele Thompson was carted off the field with a concerning injury.
Eli Manning was left to lament his, and his side's poor performance saying "we need to be sharper" after he only achieved 22 yards in the air with a 50 per cent completion rate. Manning will hope to do better against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their next pre-season whilst the Bengals will hope to continue the stride at Tampa Bay.
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