Bengals' Dalton dishing the ball around

Bengals' Dalton dishing the ball around
October 28, 2013, 9:45 am
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A big part of the reason that the Bengals have moved to 6-2 and taken a stranglehold on the AFC North is how quarterback Andy Dalton is playing like a point guard. He’s distributing the ball to his teammates, keeping the offense humming. In Sunday’s 49-9 rout of the Jets, that meant connecting with seven different receivers.

And like a good point guard should, Dalton also is feeding the hot hand. On Sunday, that was wide-out Marvin Jones, who caught eight passes for 122 yards and four touchdowns. If someone had told you before the season that a Bengals receiver would catch four TDs in a game in Week 8, you might not have been shocked, but you surely would have picked A.J. Green. This is what is making Cincinnati’s passing game hum: The ball isn’t excessively targeted at Green, one of the league’s most talented receivers, giving defenses a lot more to think about.

"It's fun when the offense is clicking," Jones said (via ESPN.com). "Andy did a great job distributing the ball, and it was great play-calling."

Coach Marvin Lewis said: "Everybody around Andy is doing things. He has to continue to allow the play to work based on the defense. As long as he does that and doesn't worry about how many catches 18 [Green] has, at the end of the day, we'll be fine. These other guys are getting to the spots and making the plays while they're there. A.J. is going to get his, he's so doggone good."

And it’s not as if Green has been minimized in the offense. He had three receptions for 115 yards on Sunday. That was his fourth 100-yard game of 2013, and halfway through the season, he has 46 catches for 734 yards — tied for 10th in the league in receptions and second in yardage.