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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Offense

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Be sure to read the earlier segment on the defense. Now, time for the offense, which continues to improve every week, but still has room for improvement.

The Good

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass to wide receiver A.J. Green (not pictured) for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Dalton – 24/34, 70.5% completion, 372 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 135.9 rating, 92.8 QBR. The scary thing was, it could have been better as Dalton missed Green on at least 2 occasions for deep TDs. For all the talk about Dalton’s play this year, he now has 709 yards, 6 TDs and just 1 INT in the last 2 games – 2 big road wins, and is among the top 11 in every major category: yards (6th), completion % (7th), TD (10th), rating (11th), ypg (11th), completions (6th), ypa (10th) and longest TD (2nd). Maybe we can lay off Dalton for a bit now.

AJ Green – To think he had 6 catches for 155 yards and 1 TD and he wasn’t even the best WR on the field yesterday! But he wasn’t far off from what Calvin Johnson was doing. Green exploited a weak Detroit secondary, and if not for a few under throws by Dalton, Green would have had a 200+ yard day and 2 TDs.

Marvin Jones – How big has Jones been these past 2 games? Another nice game with 4 catches for 57 yards and a beautiful TD grab along the back of the end zone. In the last 2 games, Jones has 7 catches for 128 yards, 2 TDs and 1 run for 34 yards. Those are the type of numbers you look for out of a #2 WR.

Tyler Eifert – Hard to believe Eifert’s TD catch was the first for a Bengals TE in 2013, but what a beautiful catch it was. Eifert turned one way, and then had to turn the other way to make the catch, a very difficult thing to do and he made it look easy. I would like to see the Bengals start getting Eifert more involved.