Saints build big 35-7 lead over Bengals at halftime – (Saints Wire) Saints News

The New Orleans Saints visited the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Nov. 11, and at least in the first half ran the show.

New Orleans’ offense only ran into what turbulence it created for itself, with tight end Josh Hill drawing a penalty for a false start and do-it-all football player Taysom Hill tossing an off-target ball to tight end Ben Watson, which bounded off his hands. They scored a touchdown on every possession and celebrated with tributes to injured wide receiver Dez Bryant, throwing up his signature crossed-arms “X” with each trip to the end zone. Their first drive lasted almost 8 minutes and 30 seconds.

While the defense had their issues in allowing big plays, they found enough snaps and a timely interception and return by safety Marcus Williams set up a 17-yard Michael Thomas touchdown catch before the halftime break. The Saints are up 35-7 and there’s still another half of football ahead of them.

Saints leaders:

  • Passing: QB Drew Brees, 17 of 19 for 197 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Rushing: RB Mark Ingram, 7 for 41 yards
  • Receiving: WR Michael Thomas, 6 of 6 for 62 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Tackles: DB Marcus Williams, 7 (3 solo), 1 interception

Bengals leaders:

  • Passing: QB Andy Dalton, 7 of 10 for 92 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Rushing: RB Joe Mixon, 5 for 34 yards
  • Receiving: WR Tyler Boyd, 2 of 3 for 29 yards
  • Tackles: DB Shawn Williams, 5 (4 solo), 1 QB hit

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