Andy Dalton led the Bengals to a touchdown in his only drive, and Josh Johnson threw for another in his bid to win the backup job on Thursday as Cincinnati ended the preseason with a 27-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Bengals (3-1) played most of their starters on offense and defense for one series only. Dalton’s brief appearance ended in Giovani Bernard’s 1-yard touchdown run.
“We came out tonight and did what we wanted to do,” said Dalton, who completed his only pass in the seven-play drive that included an interference penalty.
“We moved the ball well with the first offense, especially running the ball, and we scored a TD.”
“To me, it’s all about determination and heart. How bad do you want that touchdown?” quarterback Andy Dalton said at halftime. “I really think anybody should be able to get 1 yard if you want it bad enough, no matter your size.”
Bernard showed toughness in the open field, too. After taking a dump-off pass from Josh Johnson, Bernard ran for 16 yards and delivered a hit on a Colts defensive back before going out of bounds. Bernard finished with 28 yards on five touches.
The Bengals ended preseason on a positive note with a lot to take away from the game, however, all isn’t sweet. Linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was carted off the field in the first quarter with a right-shoulder injury. Lamur is one of the Bengals’ top backups and plays in their nickel defense.
We hope that Lamur can recover from this injury and come back stronger than ever.
Written By: @yagirltee