CINCINNATI (Cincinnati Enquirer) - Andy Dalton may not be the Bengals quarterback of the future. But he showed he was good enough to win in his return to the starting role.
Dalton snapped the Bengals losing streak at 11 at games in a 22-6 victory over the New York Jets before a crowd of 39,804 at Paul Brown Stadium. According to our media partners at The Cincinnati Enquirer, it was the smallest crowd since Dec. 24, 1995.
Dalton was 22-for-37 for 242 yards and a touchdown.
The win was first for Bengals coach Zac Taylor.
The defense held the Jets, who had scored 34 points in each of the last three games, to two field goals.
The Jets took a 3-0 lead on Sam Ficken’s 42-yard field goal with 5:52 left in the first quarter.
The Bengals responded, going 62 yards in seven plays. Dalton hit Tyler Boyd for the last 17. It was Dalton’s 198th touchdown pass, one better than Ken Anderson for the all-time Bengal lead.
The Bengals pushed the lead to 10-3 on Randy Bullock’s 24-yard field goal with 9:13 left in the second quarter. It was a disappointment because C.J. Uzomah dropped a sure touchdown pass on third down.
The Bengals kept adding on. They pushed the lead to 17-3 on Joe Mixon’s 5-yard touchdown run with 1:46 left before the half, capping a seven play, 91-yard drive,
The Jets closed it to 17-6 on Ficken’s 39-yard field with four seconds left in the half.
Dalton had a strong first half. He was 14-for-20 for 155 yards and rage one touchdown. His pass rating was 109.4.
The Bengals put together an impressive drive to start the second half. But Bullock missed from 48 yards. It was especially troubling because Mixon ran it down to the 5. but it was called back on a block in the back on Stanley Morgan. It was a questionable call at best.
The Bengals pushed the lead to 19-6 when Kelvin Beachum was called for holding in the end zone for a safety.
The Bengals increased the lead to 22-6 on Bullock’s 47-yard field goal with 1:15 left in the third quarter.