CINCINNATI (AP) – Without receiver A.J. Green on the field to make a big play, Andy Dalton called out to his running back whenever he was in a bind.
Somehow in all the commotion, Giovani Bernard heard his name and looked for the ball.
The second-year running back picked up a depleted offense by running for 90 yards and turning Dalton’s under-duress passes into big plays on Sunday, leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
“He yelled out, `Gio!’ and I just opened my eyes,” Bernard said. “It’s weird. I guess it’s a quarterback-running back relationship kind of thing.”
All around the field, the Bengals have a good thing going right now.
They won their home opener and improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2006 despite losing several key players to injury, most notably Green.
The Pro Bowl receiver aggravated an injured toe…
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