Chiefs outlast Bengals in preseason opener

Kansas City Chiefs' De'Anthony Thomas, left, runs to the end zone for a touchdown on a kickoff return in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Kansas City Chiefs' De'Anthony Thomas, left, runs to the end zone for a touchdown on a kickoff return in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Sean Smith and Malcolm Bronson returned interceptions for touchdowns, De’Anthony Thomas brought back a punt 80 yards for another score and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals 41-39 in their preseason opener Thursday night.

Andy Dalton was sharp in his only series for the Bengals after signing a new six-year deal this week. He hit wide receiver A.J. Green for a 53-yard pass to set up the opening field goal.

He quickly gave way to backup Jason Campbell, who was just 6 of 15 for 72 yards. And while he threw a pair of touchdown passes, he also was responsible for the pick-6s by Smith and Bronson before getting banged up midway through the third quarter.

The Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick also returned an interception for a touchdown.

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