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Bengals’ first-string offense rolls over Lions’ first-string defense

APTOPIX Bengals Lions Football

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Josh Shaw (26) and strong safety Shawn Williams (36) bring down Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (25) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


The Bengals have to like the way their first-string offense looked in its opening drive tonight in Detroit.

Taking the field against the Lions’ first-string defense, the Bengals methodically marched toward the end zone, scoring on a Jeremy Hill touchdown run.

On the opening drive, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton went 5-for-5 for 63 yards. One of his completions was a 15-yard leaping grab by A.J. Green, and he also hit Tyler Boyd for a 26-yard gain. Bengals receiver Brandon Tate beat Lions cornerback Darius Slay for a key third-down conversion.

The Lions’ starting offense also did well against the Bengals’ starting defense, with Lions receiver Marvin Jones catching three passes on the first drive against his old team. But the Lions’ first drive came up short when Golden Tate dropped a Matthew Stafford pass in the end zone.

After one drive for each group of starters, the Bengals lead 7-3.