Mark it as another step forward for Andy Dalton and the never say die Bengals, as Sunday in Tennessee they got a landmark win that puts them at 6-2 on the season.
Andy Dalton threw for 217 yards and three scores, leading the Bengals to their first five-game winning streak in 13 years, beating an old foe in the Titans 24-17. The Bengals (6-2) dominated the second half, outscoring Tennessee 17-0, and limiting the Titans to just 95 yards.
A.J. Green caught seven balls for 83 yards, Jerome Simpson had 43 yards and a score on three receptions and Donald Lee hauled in three passes for 49 yards.
Cedric Benson returned following a one-game suspension and ran for 78 yards on 20 carries for the Bengals, who have won five straight for the first time since 1988 when Cincinnati won its first six games of the season.
Matt Hasselbeck completed 24-of-41 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns for Tennessee (4-4), which has dropped three of its last four games.
Chris Johnson carried the ball 14 times for 64 yards, and added 46 yards receiving. Lavelle Hawkins caught five passes for 63 yards and a score, and Jared Cook had four receptions for 47 yards.
Tennessee (4-4) has lost two of three to wrap up a three-game homestand. Johnson had 110 yards from scrimmage, but the Titans blew a 17-7 halftime lead when the offense shut down in the second half.
The Titans managed just 95 yards in the final 30 minutes with 30 on the final play that came up well short of the end zone.
The Bengals will have their toughest test of the season next Sunday when they host the Steelers in a sold out Jungle in Cincy.
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