Upon Further Review: Andy Dalton Cast from Jay Gruden's Mold

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Sept 23, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) celebrates in the end zone after a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE

After a seesaw of a game against the Washington Redskins, Bengals fans across the nation simultaneously celebrate Cincinnati’s shutting down of Robert Griffin III and a second consecutive banner day for quarterback Andy Dalton while cultivating worries about the team’s defensive holes and sputtering running game.

Dalton’s 70% completion percentage and 12.15 yards per attempt are both very impressive numbers, AND that does not even include wide receiver Mohamed Sanu’s game-opening bomb to A.J. Green for 73 yards.

While the defense focused on shutting down Andrew Hawkins after allowing a similar receiver, Danny Amendola, to carve them up last week, Green exploded for 9 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown. Hawkins had a 59 yard touchdown of his own, in addition to 2 rushes for 16 yards.

Overall, the Bengals were able to game plan to take advantage of the Redskins’ weaknesses and nullify their own biggest weaknesses to play well where it counted. We will break down the good and the bad, and the unforeseen possibility that this might be a team carried by its offense.

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