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.
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.