Cincinnati Bengals: 3 Takeaways from Week 4 Win

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Sep 29, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 29, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (97) lines up again Cincinnati Bengals center Russell Bodine (61) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 22-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (97) lines up again Cincinnati Bengals center Russell Bodine (61) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 22-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

This Offensive Line Gave Dalton Time

Andy Dalton was beaten, battered, and bruised over the past three games. In fact, before Thursday night, he was sacked 12 times, including seven against the New York Jets, and was rushed/hurried a number of other times.

The offensive line was much better last night. Granted they weren’t playing the Broncos, but even the Jets defense had constant pressure on Dalton in week one. It was something that the Dolphins struggled with until the Bengals got into scoring range.

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In fact, Dalton through for 297 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked once and a bad snap, plus one bad blocking job created two fumbles but both were smartly covered by Dalton. He was able to stay interception free to improve his season TD to INT rate 3:2.

There is one factor though to this offensive line that could hurt, if it lingers, and it’s the shoulder injury to Clint Boling. He injured his shoulder in the third quarter, and although he did return briefly, he eventually left the field and did not return.

Jake Fisher is the backup offensive everything and would most likely get the nod if Boling’s injury lingers through the long week. Eric Winston would be behind Fisher.

Next: Bengals Defense Better With Burfict

The Bengals will head to AT&T Stadium to take on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are without Tony Romo, but Dak Prescott has found ways to win and get to 2-1 on the season. The Cincinnati Bengals defense will be looking to shut them down, while the offense tries to take advantage of the 22nd best defense in the league.

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