Falcons fall to Bengals 34-10 in preseason opener

Atlanta Falcons
Posted at 4:35 PM, Aug 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-10 16:35:00-04

ATLANTA (AP) - Giovani Bernard ran for a touchdown, Josh Johnson directed two second-quarter touchdown drives and Cincinnati cruised to a 34-10 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.


Bernard, a second-round pick from North Carolina competing for a significant share of the Bengals' carries, played behind returning starter Benjarvus Green-Ellis and had 10 carries for 28 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run. He added three catches for 16 yards.


Johnson, up against John Skelton for the backup job behind Andy Dalton, made big plays with his arm and legs. Johnson passed for 100 yards, including a 21-yard score to Brandon Tate, and ran for 64 yards.


Dane Sanzenbacher had a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 36-yard scoring catch from Skelton.


New Falcons running back Steven Jackson found little blocking as he had five carries for only 8t yards.