After 15 minutes in Cincinnati, the Dallas Cowboys trail the Cincinnati Bengals, 10-3. Both teams opened the game by coming away with points on their opening possessions in a quick start on the Ohio River.
Tony Romo marched the Cowboys 60 yards in 12 plays on their opening drive, but the offense stalled out inside the 20 and Dallas had to settle for a Dan Bailey 37-yard field goal. The drive was a mix of Romo through the air and Felix Jones and DeMarco Murray on the ground, but the Cincy defense rose up in the red zone.
While Dallas came away with just three on their opening possession, the Bengals were sure to break the plane and get in for six. Andrew Hawkins, a journeyman slot receiver who has plenty of shake, came in motion and took a quick shovel pass from Andy Dalton. The speedy Hawkins went around right tackle, found a seam, and snuck in for eight-yard touchdown. The play capped a 70-yard drive that lasted less than two minutes, as the Bengals ripped through Rob Ryan's defense.
Cincinnati added three more on their next possession to push the lead to a touchdown. Romo finished the quarter six of nine for 51 yards, while Murray managed just 23 yards on seven carries.