CINCINNATI (AP) — A few smooth minutes on the field left Andy Dalton in a good mood.
Dalton completed his only pass and led the Bengals to a touchdown in his only drive — one that took four minutes to finish — and the Cincinnati Bengals ended the preseason with a 27-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.
The third-year quarterback wanted a crisp drive to finish the preseason. He got it.
"We did what we wanted to do," Dalton said of the seven-play drive.
"We drove down and scored — had some good runs mixed in there and some conversions on passes. We did what we wanted the first offense to do."
Cincinnati (3-1) has a few decisions left before starting the season, none bigger than picking Dalton's backup.
Josh Johnson followed Dalton for the second straight game and had a solid showing. He led the Bengals to a touchdown and a field goal in three possessions before halftime.
Johnson scrambled twice for 38 yards on a touchdown drive that culminated in his 3-yard pass to Marvin Jones, showing his main advantage over John Skelton in the competition for the backup job.
Overall, Johnson was 7 of 13 for 67 yards with three sacks.
"I feel good," Johnson said. "I feel I've improved weekly on everything I've been asked to do and we've been able to get results on the field. We've been able to put scoring drives together, finish drives.
"But you never know. All you can do is put your best foot forward."
Skelton, who was behind from the start of the competition to replace Bruce Gradkowski because he'd never run a West Coast offense, played the second half and was 6 of 10 for 99 yards with one touchdown drive.
The Bengals played most of their starters on offense and defense for one series only. Dalton's brief appearance ended in Giovani Bernard's 1-yard touchdown run.
The Colts (2-2) rested most of their starters, including quarterback Andrew Luck. He and Dalton joked with each other on the field before the game.