Dalton too good for the Raiders

  • Last Updated: November 25 2012, 23:30 GMT

Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes as Cincinnati thrashed the hapless Oakland Raiders 34-10, taking the Bengals (6-5) onto the same mark as the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North.

Tempers fray at the Paul Brown Stadium
Tempers fray at the Paul Brown Stadium

A brawl in the fourth quarter resulted in Oakland's Tommy Kelly and Lamarr Hunt and Cincinnati's Andrew Whitworth getting ejected.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 129 yards and a touchdown against the NFL's most generous defense. He had runs of 48 and 39 yards - the longest of his career - to set up scores.

Dalton was 16 of 30 for 210 yards with two touchdown passes to Mohamed Sanu and one to Jermaine Gresham as the Bengals took control 24-0 in a dominant first half.

Green-Ellis found a big hole on Cincinnati's third play of the game and ran a career-best 48 yards before getting shoved out at the 1. Green-Ellis then carried the final yard.

On Cincinnati's next series, the Raiders gave up a 44-yard reception by A.J. Green and a 27-yard reception by Gresham. Sanu made a one-hand touchdown catch for a 14-0 lead. The Bengals had 156 yards after only two series.

Dalton's 5-yard touchdown pass to Sanu made it 21-0 midway through the second quarter.

The half ended with one more Raiders mistake. Marcel Reece had Palmer's pass go off his hands, and Chris Crocker intercepted with 8 seconds left. Mike Nugent's 55-yard field goal tied the club record and put the Bengals up 24-0.

Oakland allowed 289 yards in the half - the most this season - and had only 83 yards, its fewest on offense since it managed 52 yards in the first half at Pittsburgh back in 2010.

Sebastian Janikowski's 55-yard field goal ended the shutout in the third quarter, and Palmer beat a blitz by lofting a 20-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore.


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