Titans Toppled in the Second Half; Fall to Bengals 24-17 to Fall to 4-4

Matt Hasselbeck (8) passes against the Cincinnati Bengals

The Titans were never in the game two weeks back at home when the Texans beat them every which way but loose. Sunday, they did have a lead, up by 10 at the half, but still found a way to fall, losing to the Bengals 24-17

Andy Dalton threw for 217 yards and three scores, leading the Bengals to their first five-game winning streak in 13 years, dropping the Titans to 4-4 after a 3-1 start.

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.

The Titans have 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.

Tennessee managed just 95 yards in the final 30 minutes with 30 on the final play that came up well short of the end zone. Next week the Titans are on the road, as they take on Cam Newton and the Panthers.

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