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Halftime: Bengals 3, 49ers 0

CINCINNATI -- Thoughts at halftime of the Bengals-49ers game:

  • Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was 5-for-6 for 61 yards on the opening drive, which resulted in the only points of the first half. After that, he was 5-for-10 for 29 yards for the rest of the half.

  • Wide receiver Andre Caldwell is taking advantage of increased playing time, catching five passes for 45 yards. He got the start over Jerome Simpson, who had a drug bust at his house last week.

  • Bengals running back Cedric Benson is having a tough time cracking the 49ers' defense, which hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 24 straight games (longest current streak in NFL). Benson has 26 yards on nine carries.

  • The biggest mismatch for Cincinnati has been 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who had three catches for 30 yards. Safety Chris Crocker has had trouble staying with the athletic target.

  • Simpson made his first catch in the second quarter and received a mostly warm welcome from the sparse crowd at Paul Brown Stadium. There were only a few boos for Simpson, who has been an active member in local charities.

  • The Bengals took the conservative route at the end of the first half. With the ball at their own 15-yard line and one minute remaining, they chose to run out the clock.