Bengals' new offense dismal in opener

By Joe Kay

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Aug. 13 2011 1:50 p.m. MDT

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) as defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) rushes in in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011.

Rick Osentoski, Associated Press

CINCINNATI — The Bengals wanted to get rookie quarterback Andy Dalton a little confidence in his pro debut. Instead, Cincinnati came away with another reality check — the most lopsided preseason loss in franchise history.

Dalton and the Bengals' starting offense couldn't even score on the Lions' backups Friday night during a 34-3 loss in Detroit.

It was numbing all around.

Dalton didn't get to run a play until the Bengals were down 14-0. His first pass was severely underthrown and intercepted. His next pass was severely overthrown and incomplete. The starting offense played the entire first half and managed only a field goal.

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