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Author: Jon Kuzma
It seems like A.J Green and Andy Dalton have been a staple of the Bengals offense for forever and they didn’t disappoint in a 37-36 win over the Atlanta Falcons. In the final seconds Dalton threw up a touchdown pass to Green to pull ahead. Make no mistake about it this is a quality win and Cincinnati is a team who is defying all of the expectations. Very few analysts would’ve predicted that the Bengals would be 3-1 over the first four games. They’re the top team in the AFC North and the main reason why is because of their offense. Andy Dalton threw for 337 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception for Marvin Lewis’ team. Giovani Bernard was also reliable for Cincinnati he recorded 69 yards and 2 touchdowns. Three different receivers caught a touchdown in this game. Those players were A.J Green, John Ross, and Tyler Eifert. So it’s clear that the Falcons struggled to defend the Bengals and it’s much easier to win when you score 30+ points in three out of your last four games. Atlanta played well too but they couldn’t hold on down the stretch. Matt Ryan threw for 419 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interception. Most nights that’s going to be good enough to come out on top. However this game didn’t work out for Ryan and company. Meanwhile Ito Smith found the end zone for the Falcons rushing attack. Then of course there was the receivers and boy did Julio Jones have a big night. Jones hauled in 173 receiving yards and really turned in a solid performance. Calvin Ridley also continued his hot streak with 54 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively Geno Atkins was tough upfront for the Bengals. Atkins put up 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles. Carlos Dunlap was another notable contributor he added 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. Takkarist McKinley was probably the top defender for either team. Mckinley went for 3 tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss. Damontae Kazee played well too he had 7 tackles and 1 interception for the dirty birds. Cincinnati is off to a great start and that’s going to significantly improving their chances of making the playoffs. They will have to overcome the loss of Tyler Eifert though. The standout tight end broke his ankle and will be done for the year.
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The Cincinnati Bengals are hands down the biggest surprise. They just pulled out a hug win over the Atlanta Falcons.