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Bengals lose WR A.J. Green, but Giovani Bernard fills offensive void in 24-10 win over Falcons

  • Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) dives into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

    Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) dives into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu throws a 50-yard pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu throws a 50-yard pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith yells on the sidelines in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith yells on the sidelines in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

Running back Giovani Bernard picked up a Bengals offense missing receiver A.J. Green on Sunday, turning short passes into big plays, and Cincinnati's defense held down yet another top quarterback for a 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bengals 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 on his right foot, which kept him out of practice last week. He left during the opening series and didn't catch a pass for the first time in his four-year career.

Cincinnati had more than enough left to handle the Falcons (1-1), who gave up nearly 500 yards for the second straight game. Matt Ryan was 24 of 44 for 231 yards with a touchdown, two sacks and three interceptions.

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