First Half Recap: Cincinnati Bengals Lead Dallas Cowboys 13-10

Alex PetermanCorrespondent IIIDecember 9, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 02:  Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers in the second half at Qualcomm Stadium on December 2, 2012 in San Diego, California. The Bengals defeated the Chargers 20-13.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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We’re at halftime in Cincinnati, and I believe fans from both sides are getting exactly what they bargained for: A close game, no matter what way you look at it. The score: Bengals 13, Cowboys 10.

For the Cincinnati Bengals, the offense appears to have found its groove again, after looking a little lackluster last week against the San Diego Chargers.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis and the Bengals running game continue to be productive, as the Law Firm is averaging almost 7 yards per carry, including one or two explosive runs early on. Brian Leonard is seeing a bit more action, totaling 15 yards on three carries.

Then, of course, there was Marvin Jones. The Bengals executed a fake run up the middle, and gave the football to Jones on a beautiful end-around that picked up 37 yards. It was the play that helped set up the Bengals' first touchdown of the game. Jones was also on the receiving end of a 3rd-and-12 completion for a first down.

Andy Dalton has also been solid so far, despite a interception on a dangerous play-action play. He’s passed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 10/14 attempts through the air.

Temporarily replacing Mike Nugent is veteran Josh Brown, who the Bengals signed on Thursday following a Thursday tryout. He has hit a 25-yard field goal, as well as a 33-yarder in the second quarter.

A problem the Bengals have had have comes in the form of injuries this first half for Cincinnati. Rey Maualuga was injured early on, and Leon Hall was hurt a second time after coming back from being shaken up.

As the Dallas Cowboys drove late in the first half, Reggie Nelson intercepted a long pass by Tony Romo, Dallas’ only turnover of the game so far.

A few games around the league seem to be favoring Cincinnati. The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently being shut out 10-0 in Ben Roethlisberger’s return against the San Diego Chargers.

The Tennessee Titans are also leading the Indianapolis Colts 20-7 at half time. The Colts currently lead the AFC wild card race for the No. 5 playoff seed.