It was a wild day of NFL action, and an even wilder victory the Bengals managed to escape D.D> with, and here are some notable facts and stats from the day that was:
In the 4th-quarter this year, Andy Dalton has completed 18/22 passes for 288 yards to go with 3 TDs to 0 interceptions, and has a perfect QB rating of 158.3
The first play of the game saw one players’ first career pass completion, touchdown, and a career-high reception by another player. That all came when the Bengals opened the game with rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu in the Wildcat formation. Sanu caught the defense napping and hit Green for a 73-yard TD, the longest of Green’s career.
On defense, Michael Johnson was a star, accounting for a career 3 sacks and the Bengals defense finished with 6 sacks on the day. Going into the game with a banged-up secondary that was without starting CB Leon Hall, the Bengals needed their pass-rush to step up, and they answered the call.
After completing 11/16 passes 11+ yards downfield for 2 touchdowns in his 1st 2 games, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was 3/7 with 0 touchdowns vs Bengals.
Going into Sunday’s game, Cincinnati had been whistled for nine penalties, second-fewest in NFL. The Bengals 8 for 80 yards on Sunday.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, yesterday was the first time in Bengals history 3 players each had a TD catch of at least 48 yards. Those receptions were the longest career catches for Armon Binns, Andrew Hawkins, and A.J. Green. It was also the third time 4 Bengals receivers had 63+ yards receiving. The last time that occurred was November 13th, 1978, when receiver Isaac Curtis (101), RB Archie Griffin (87), TE Don Bass ( 85), and RB Pete Johnson (72) torched the Oakland Raiders.
After recording a career-high 10.26 yards-per-completion average last week vs. the Browns, Andy Dalton was on fire again this week, picking apart the Skins’ secondary as he recorded a career-high yards-per-completion average of 12.1