CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 10: Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a 19-yard reception against Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets during a preseason NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. …
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CINCINNATI - Cincinnati claimed early control of the New York Jets in the pre-season opener for both teams, riding their defense and special teams to a 17-6 win.
Andy Dalton completed four of nine passes for 54 yards. He would have had a TD pass to his credit were it not for a dreadful drop by A.J. Green in the end zone in the first quarter. Bruce Gradkowski went five for 10, 86 yards.
Cincinnati forced a Jets fumble and picked off one Tim Tebow pass. It was a blocked punt by Robert Sands recovered by Cedric Peerman in the second quarter that provided what proved to be the winning points.
Regrettably though, the win came at a cost. Rey Maualuga, Carlos Dunlap and Trevelle Wharton among others, went off the field with what appeared to be serious knee injuries. Cincinnati's next test is Thursday at Atlanta.
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