Kansas City, MO – Andy Dalton threw a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for another score on Sunday, as the Cincinnati Bengals downed the Kansas City Chiefs, 28-6, at Arrowhead Stadium.
Dalton completed 18-of-29 passes for 230 yards, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis carried the ball 25 times for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals (5-5), who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game skid.
"We felt like we gave a few games away," Dalton admitted of his team's losing streak. "Now we've got momentum. We have to keep it going."
A.J. Green hauled in six passes for 91 yards and a touchdown, marking the ninth straight game the second-year standout has had at least one touchdown grab. It's the longest single-season touchdown streak in franchise history.
Matt Cassel completed half of his 16 passes for 93 yards in the first half before being replaced by Brady Quinn to start the third quarter. Quinn didn't fare much better, as he finished 9-of-14 for 95 yards for the Chiefs (1-9), who have lost their last seven games.
"I expected us to do better than we did," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. "We couldn't move the ball offensively so I changed the quarterback and tried to generate some offense that way, but it really wasn't enough and so that's why the score is what it is."
Jamaal Charles carried the ball 17 times for 87 yards in the setback.
Charles helped the Chiefs take an early lead on their second possession, as he gashed the Bengals for 34 yards on an 8-play, 59-yard drive before Ryan Succop nailed a 34-yard field goal to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
Kansas City quickly forced Cincinnati into a 4th-and-3 on the ensuing possession, but the Bengals faked the punt, as backup running back Cedric Peerman took the direct snap and scampered around the left end for 32 yards and a fresh set of downs.
Facing a 4th-and-7 at the Kansas City 36 later in the drive, the Bengals went the more traditional route to keep the march alive, as Dalton scrambled 11 yards for the first down.
Two plays later, Dalton found Jermaine Gresham for 18 yards to the Kansas City 4 before the second-year quarterback capped the 11-play drive with a TD toss to Green, who made a one-handed grab in the end zone.
The Bengals quickly regained possession after Geno Atkins forced a Peyton Hillis fumble, but Cincinnati couldn't capitalize, as Mike Nugent missed a 50- yard field goal to keep the margin at 7-3 early in the second.
After back-to-back three-and-outs from the Chiefs, Dalton found Green deep down the sidelines for 40 yards to the Kansas City 17 on Cincinnati's first play of the drive.
The Chiefs were whistled for unnecessary roughness on the play to move the ball to the Kansas City 9 and three plays later, Dalton hit Gresham for what appeared to be an 11-yard touchdown, but Gresham was ruled down at the 1-yard line after video review to set up a 4th-and-goal.
The Bengals elected to go for it and Dalton faked the handoff, bootlegged left and raced into the end zone to press the margin to 14-3 with 7:52 left until halftime.
After a quick punt from the Chiefs, Cincinnati marched 79 yards in 11 plays to make it a three-score difference.
Green-Ellis highlighted the drive with a 21-yard sprint into Kansas City territory and after a defensive pass interference call in the end zone gave the Bengals a 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Green-Ellis plunged into the end zone to extend the lead to 21-3 with under a minute left in the half.
Cassel moved the Chiefs into field goal range to set up Succop's 33-yard field goal and trim the margin to 21-6, but it was the last action the eighth-year quarterback would see, as Quinn started the second half under center.
Neither offense got anything going in a scoreless third before the Bengals put the game away early in the fourth with a 12-play scoring drive that Dalton capped with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu to make it 28-6 with under 10 minutes remaining.
Quinn and the Chiefs turned it over on downs in Cincinnati territory on their ensuing drive and never threatened again.
Dalton has 20 passing touchdowns this season, tying his mark from his rookie campaign last season ... Former Cincinnati wide receiver Carl Pickens holds the franchise record for most consecutive games with a touchdown at 10, which he accomplished over two seasons in 1994-95 ... The Bengals have won the last three meetings with the Chiefs ... Kansas City finished with 284 total yards of offense, compared to 409 total yards for Cincinnati.