Bengals’ Winners and Losers vs. Titans

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Sep 21, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass against Tennessee Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey (99) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Loser: The Bengals Clean Turnover Sheet

Just before halftime against the Titans, the Bengals finally turned the ball over for the first time.

It was an errant screen pass by Dalton where he needed to throw the ball to Bernard’s outside shoulder and lead him upfield.  But instead, Dalton threw it high and to Bernard’s inside shoulder.  The ball was tipped into the air by a reaching Bernard and was intercepted by a diving George Wilson.  The play was run perfectly and could have gone for a big gain had Dalton thrown in properly; Bernard had both Clint Boling and Russell Bodine in front of him.  Here’s the play.

Overall, Hue Jackson’s emphasis on ball security has made an impact on this offense.  It allows the team to rely on its stout defense while not giving opposing team’s extra chances; something that plagued this team last year.  Thus far, the Bengals are tied for the league lead in turnover differential, plus six along with the New England Patriots, and also interceptions, also with the Patriots at six.  The Patriots are the Bengals next opponent following their bye week, so they’ll need to focus on ball security if they are to come away with a victory in Foxborough.

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