Marcus Allen scored two touchdowns and Chris Bahr kicked two field goals today to lead the Los Angeles Raiders to a 20-10 victory over the penalty-prone Cincinnati Bengals.
"I wanted to gain at least one yard this year," laughed Allen, who was held to zero yards rushing a year ago by the Bengals. "The big difference between today and a year ago was our offensive line--it did an excellent job today."
Allen scored both his touchdowns on one-yard runs to finish drives of 84 and 77 yards.
The only scores the Bengals managed were a 36-yard field goal by Jim Breech in the third quarter and a nine-yard touchdown pass from Ken Anderson to M.L. Harris with just a minute left in the game.
The Raiders put the game away in the first half by controlling the ball 21:10 to Cincinnati's 8:50 and building a 17-0 halftime lead. Cincinnati helped the Raiders keep their drives going with five penalties for 54 yards in the decisive first half.
Anderson also started two Los Angeles scoring drives by throwing an interception and losing a fumble.
"There were very few bright spots for us," said Bengals Coach Forrest Gregg. "We played hard, but not well."