Photos from the New Orleans Saints vs Cincinnati Bengals game on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photos by Micheal C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)
The Cinncinati Bengals defeated the New Orleans Saints 27-10 Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Quarterback Andy Dalton had a big day for the Bengals, connecting on two touchdown passes to tight end Jermaine Gresham and one to receiver A.J. Green. Dalton finished 16 of 22 for 220 yards and the three touchdowns. Green had six receptions for 127 yards and a 24-yard TD.
Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill had a strong outing for the Bengals with 27 carries for 152 yards.
It was the second consecutive home loss for the Saints (4-6).
The Saints' defense struggled on third down as the Bengals converted 9 of 13 attempts.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees was an efficient 33 of 41 for 255 yards, one of which was a 9-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills on the first play of the fourth quarter, the team's only touchdown. Mark Ingram was the team's top rusher with 23 carries for 67 yards, ending his streak of consecutive 100-yard games at three. Ingram had seven catches for 30 yards while rookie Brandin Cooks had five for 50 yards. Tight end Jimmy Graham had three catches for 29 yards.
The Bengals (6-3-1) took a 13-3 lead in the first half thanks to a 12-yard Dalton pass to Gresham and two Mike Nugent field goals from 22 and 42 yards, the last coming as time expired in the half.
That last field goal was set up by a 62-yard run by Hill.
New Orleans scored on a 31-yard Shayne Grahamfield goal on the team's opening possession. The Saints had another good scoring chance in the opening half but were stopped at fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
Starting right tackle Zach Strief had to leave the game in the first half with a concussion. The Saints didn't have a turnover in the game until Travaris Cadet fumbled with 1:54 to play.
The Saints will host the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Nov. 24 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the final game of the three-game homestand.