Andy Dalton came out with guns blazing in his second preseason game, but the Jets' first team outlasted the Bengals' second team in a 25-17 win Saturday night.
Dalton competed all eight of his passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in less than one quarter. He connected with A.J. Green three times for 69 yards, but his biggest play of the game came on a 43-yard laser to Mohammed Sanu to give the Bengals an early 7-0 lead. Sanu finished with 56 yards receiving on two catches and a touchdown.
"It's tough from that perspective to get a loss, but to know how well the first unit played [is nice]," said Dalton. "There's some give and take there, but as a team, you want to do whatever it takes to win the game."
"We're just trying to be consistent as a unit and fire on all cylinders, and I think we did that," said Sanu. "Andy [Dalton] played well, A.J. [Green] played well, the run game was working and we all made some big plays."
The Bengals extended their lead to 14-3 late in the first when Giovani Bernard broke through on a one-yard score. Bernard tallied 22 yards on seven carries. Cedric Peerman led Cincinnati with 34 yards on seven carries.
The Bengals' first team defense looked solid and shined the brightest when Terence Newman picked off Geno Smith in the first quarter.
Several Bengals left the game with injuries including Darqueze Dennard (hip), J.K. Schaffer (head) and Tyler Wilson (head). Vontaze Burfict left the field briefly with a shoulder stinger, but returned to action.
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