Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Spreading the Ball Around
When the Bengals supporting cast (those not named Green) fail to contribute, the Bengals offense is stagnant at best. But, when the Bengals get contributions from all their parts and spread the ball around, they can be a dynamic offense. Sunday was a perfect example.
The Bengals had 0 receivers over 75 yards, but Dalton targeted 9 different receivers and 7 different receivers had at least 1 catch and 5 receivers with at least 3 catches. As a result, the Colts couldn’t focus on one player and the Bengals were able to torch the defense and take advantage of the one-on-one matchups they were getting.
Protecting the Ball
It is no secret: when you don’t turn the ball over, you win more often than you lose. For just the third time this year, the Bengals didn’t turn the ball over. Not surprising, they are 3-0 in those games and 6-4 when they have at least 1 turnover. In fact, in his 3 years, Dalton has played in just 10 games when the Bengals have not turned the ball over…they are 9-1 in those games (2012 at Denver was the only loss).