CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton’s 4 minutes on the field were so satisfying that he didn’t need more.
Dalton led the Bengals to a touchdown in his only drive, and Josh Johnson threw for another in his bid to win the backup job on Thursday as Cincinnati ended the preseason with a 27-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Bengals (3-1) played most of their starters on offense and defense for one series only. Dalton’s brief appearance ended in Giovani Bernard’s 1-yard touchdown run.
“We came out tonight and did what we wanted to do,” said Dalton, who completed his only pass in the seven-play drive that included an interference penalty.
“We moved the ball well with the first offense, especially running the ball, and we scored a TD.
“As far as the season, I feel we’re ready to go. We’ve played together well. I like the new elements we have.”
Bernard is one of them, a second-round pick who can catch the ball as well as run with it.
The Colts (2-2) rested most of their starters, including quarterback Andrew Luck. He and Dalton joked with each other on the field before the game.
Matt Hasselbeck started for Indianapolis and led a 12-play drive against most of the Bengals’ starters. Adam Vinatieri kicked a 43-yard field goal to complete it. Hasselbeck played two series and went 5 of 9 for 49 yards.
Vinatieri also was wide left on a 52-yard attempt.
The Bengals’ starters moved the ball easily against a Colts defense of mostly backups during their one series on the field.
All-Pro receiver A.J. Green, who missed the first three weeks of camp with a bruised knee, played the series and drew an interference penalty from Josh Gordy in the end zone, setting up Bernard’s 1-yard run.