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NFL notes: Cincinnati offense excels vs. Tennessee

Published August 17, 2013 9:06 pm

NFL • Bengals' starters shine after sputtering in previous game.
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Cincinnati • Andy Dalton got a little diversity into the Bengals' offense.

With All-Pro receiver A.J. Green watching again, Cincinnati's offense had an impressive first half in a 27-19 preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. Everybody got involved.

Rookie running back Giovani Bernard started, carried seven times for 37 yards and a touchdown, and turned a short pass into a 22-yard gain, giving the Bengals (2-0) the diversity they're seeking out of the backfield.

After failing to score in the first quarter of a 34-10 win in Atlanta last week, the Bengals' starters piled up 220 yards in the first half on their way to a 17-3 lead. Dalton was 9 of 14 for 115 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu in the back corner of the end zone.

"I think we were a little bit hungry tonight," Dalton said. "After last week, we wanted to put points on the board with the [starters] in there. So we go out of this game feeling a little bit better than last week."

Green didn't suit up for the game. He bruised his left knee on the first day of training camp and returned to practice last week on a limited basis.

Around the league

Jets 37, Jaguars 13 • In East Rutherford, N.J., Mark Sanchez led the Jets on five scoring drives through three quarters in a victory over the Jaguars. Trying to fend off Geno Smith to keep his starting job, Sanchez threw a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland, but also had an interception at the goal line that cost New York a scoring opportunity. Smith sat out with a sprained ankle. Blaine Gabbert led the Jaguars (0-2) on two scoring drives and staked his claim to the Jaguars' starting job before leaving with a sprained thumb in the second quarter. Gabbert, competing with Chad Henne, was 13 of 16 for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Cardinals 12, Cowboys 7 • In Glendale, Ariz., Dallas committed six turnovers, five in the first half, and Arizona sputtered past the Cowboys in the Cardinals' preseason home opener. Jay Feely kicked field goals of 25, 53, 40 and 22 yards for the Cardinals.

Browns • Rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo was released from the hospital after a two-night stay because of a bruised lung he suffered during Thursday night's exhibition victory over the Detroit Lions.

Broncos • Defensive end Derek Wolfe was placed on a backboard and taken away in an ambulance after suffering a neck injury in the first quarter of a preseason game against Seattle in Denver. The Broncos said Wolfe was being evaluated for a cervical spine injury and had movement in all of his extremities. —

Preseason schedule

Saturday

Arizona 12, Dallas 7

Cincinnati 27, Tennessee 19

N.Y. Jets 37, Jacksonville 13

Green Bay 19, St. Louis 7

Houston 24, Miami 17

Denver at Seattle, late

Sunday

• Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants,5 p.m.

Monday

• Pittsburgh at Washington,6 p.m.