- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
- 0 Shares
Thoughts at halftime of the Bengals-Titans game in Tennessee:
The Bengals, who have the NFL's second-best run defense, have given up 55 yards to the once-struggling Chris Johnson. Cincinnati allows an average of 85.4 yards on the ground per game.
Cincinnati scored its only touchdown of the first half on a drive dominated by its tight ends. With starting tight end Jermaine Gresham out, Andy Dalton completed passes of 25 and 22 yards to backup Donald Lee before hitting rookie Colin Cochart for a 1-yard touchdown, which put the Bengals up 7-3.
The Titans took the lead into halftime because of a gutsy call and an incredible catch. On fourth-and-3 at the Bengals' 10-yard line, Tennessee decided not to kick the field goal and converted it with a 5-yard pass by Matt Hasselbeck. The drive finished with a 8-yard touchdown pass to Damian Williams, who somehow leapt up for the catch and got both feet in the back of the end zone.
Tennessee increased its lead with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Lavelle Hawkins in the final seconds of the first half. Hasselbeck threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.