NFL: Detroit 34, Cincinnati 3

Aug. 12, 2011 at 10:33 PM

DETROIT, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Matthew Stafford threw two first-period touchdown passes Friday that lifted the Detroit Lions to 34-3 win over Cincinnati in their exhibition opener.

Stafford, returning from a shoulder injury that limited his 2010 season to three games, completed 6-of-7 passes for 71 yards while playing two series.

He threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson to open the scoring and then hit Nate Burleson with a 7-yarder for a 14-0 lead after one period.

The other Detroit touchdowns came on a 7-yard run by Shaun Hill in the second period and a 28-yard throw from Zac Robinson to Nate Hughes in the fourth.

Second-round draft pick Andy Dalton -- who led TCU to an unbeaten season last season and a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin -- made his debut for the Bengals and went 11-of-15 for 69 yards with an interception.

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