The Cincinnati Bengals lost their lead, their cool and the game.
They'll have to do better if they want to live up to the lofty preseason expectations.
Andy Dalton threw two interceptions and Rey Maualuga got called for a penalty near the end to wipe out any chance at a comeback, sending the Bengals to a 24-21 season-opening loss to the Chicago Bears after blowing an 11-point lead on Sunday.
''We had our chances,'' Dalton said. ''We had the lead. All we had to do is score one more time and our chances of winning the game would have increased a whole lot. But we had turnovers and it was hard to get it done.''
Jay Cutler passed to Brandon Marshall for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping the Bears give Marc Trestman a victory in his first game as an NFL head coach.
Dalton threw for 282 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. A.J. Green had 162 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including a 45-yarder.
But it was a disappointing opener for a team coming ...