The red rifle remains on fire this season. Dalton threw for almost 250 yards and also recorded two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He was extremely accurate yet again (aside from their opening drive) and continues to grow each and every week. Dalton is starting to become on of those quarterbacks that isn’t mentioned in the ‘elite’ context, but will be mentioned just after them. If Dalton can continue on his current pace, he is in line to throw for over 4,000 yards this season which hasn’t been done since Carson Palmer was still in his prime in Cincinnati.
Green was fantastic yet again, recording over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. He looked as though he was unstoppable as Jacksonville couldn’t find an answer for him throughout the game. Green is turning into a major game-changing receiver and currently leads the AFC in receiving yards. Something that a Bengal has not done since the mid-2000’s when Chad Johnson was still… well, Chad Johnson. Green seems to be heading down the path for a return trip to the Pro Bowl this season which will total two trips for his two-year career.
Green-Ellis did his best to channel his inner Cedric Benson during Sunday’s game. Green-Ellis did not fumble the football in his first 570 career rushes in the NFL. He has now had a total of three fumbles (two lost) in his last two games played; one of Green-Ellis’ fumbles also came at a crucial time when the Bengals were on the Jaguars’ one-yard line. Green-Ellis also seemed to have trouble getting those tough yards that he was once renowned for. He was stopped on short yardage situations a couple of times in the contest that included his goal-line fumble. He needs to get himself in line or the Bengals may just be searching for yet another running back next season.
This group is starting to gel very well as a complete offensive line. They are starting to get a decent push up front which is allowing some running lanes to open for their running backs, and they are keeping pressure off of their quarterback very well. Dalton seemed to be given all day to throw the football almost every time he dropped back to pass, and there were some nice holes up the middle that were opened up for Green-Ellis on a number of running plays. This line still needs to improve, but they have begun to make strides of late. They will continue to get better as the season goes on, and will be making Andy Dalton feel that much more comfortable in the pocket which will be dangerous for all opposing defenses.
That will do it for the week 4 edition of ‘Called Out’. The Bengals are on a hot streak at the moment and will face the Miami Dolphins next week, so be sure to check back in here at Stripe Hype for all of the latest news leading up to the game.