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Cincinnati Bengals: 4 things we learned from Week 1 loss at Seattle

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SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 08: John Ross #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals is congratulated by Carlos Dunlap #96 after a 55 yard touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 8, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 08: John Ross #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals is congratulated by Carlos Dunlap #96 after a 55 yard touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 8, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 08: John Ross #11 (L) celebrates with Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals after scoring a 33 yard touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter during their game at CenturyLink Field on September 08, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 08: John Ross #11 (L) celebrates with Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals after scoring a 33 yard touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter during their game at CenturyLink Field on September 08, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

The passing game for the Cincinnati Bengals is dynamic, at least through Week 1. Led by the resurgent John Ross, Bengals pass catchers racked up 418 yards on 35 receptions. Most impressive was the 11.9 yards average.

Fans will hope this is a trend and not a blip. One similarity to LA was how well the Bengals distributed the football. Eight players caught passes on Sunday with Ross leading the way with seven receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

Receivers and running backs will love what Taylor does on offense. It’s built to get the ball in the air. Dalton, who was absolutely masterful on Sunday, utilized his ”quick release” to keep the Seattle pass rush at bay. It’s a trend that fans and Dalton himself hope to maintain through the season.

Most promising is what this could look like when Green is back on the field. As good as Ross was against Seattle, the addition of Green changes the whole dynamic. It’s a genuine threat that will provide Dalton options. It should also help open what was an anemic run game.

Fans can be excited about that. While it’s only Week 1, the Bengals showed that Dalton will get the ball in the air. If they get anything, ANYTHING from the running game, things could be interesting in Cincinnati.

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