The Packers offense has not been able to get anything going against the Bengals so far on Sunday.
That’s led to some hot feelings on the sideline. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy exchanged some words on the sideline after the Packers failed to turn the fourth Bengals turnover of the day into a touchdown. Linebacker Brad Jones recovered an Andy Dalton fumble on the 21-yard line, but the Packers had to settle for a field goal after a Rodgers scramble on third down wound up short of the goal line.
Rodgers started the game 2-of-9 for 25 yards, but rallied on the final Packers possession to move the team well for the first time all day. A sack by Carlos Dunlap (the third of the day for the Bengals) halted the momentum, though, and the Packers were forced to settle for a third Mason Crosby field goal that gave them a 16-14 lead at the half. The fact that they are in front is remarkable, because the offense has been so ineffective and because the Bengals jumped to a 14-0 lead before the Packers even ran a play.
They handled it back because of turnovers. Dalton fumbled once and threw a pick and the Packers scored their only touchdown when M.D. Jennings returned a BenJarvus Green-Ellis fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter.
It feels like it could have been a blowout either way, but neither team has taken advantage of their chances through the first 30 minutes. That should make for an entertaining final 30 minutes.