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.
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.
Vinatieri also was wide left on a 52-yard attempt.
Indianapolis' starting defense hadn't allowed a touchdown the past two games. With the play-it-safe approach on Thursday, the results were less pleasing.
Receiver Brandon Tate made more of an impact as a kick returner. Tate's 51-yard kickoff return set up the touchdown. Tate also had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the previous preseason game at Dallas.
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