Cincinnati Bengals 2nd year wide receiver Marvin Jones usually tosses his receiver gloves into the stands on his way to the locker room, a way of letting fans share in the moment. Well, yesterday’s moment was a day he will never forget.
Jones caught four of Andy Dalton’s career high five touchdown passes on Sunday as the Bengals throttled the New York Jets 49-9, a dominant performance that will turns heads around the NFL and have people talking about this team.
The second year receiver out of California and the third-year quarterback out of TCU went into the club’s record book as its top touchdown combination. Jones set a Bengals record for touchdown receptions, scoring on catches of 9, 6, 17 and 6 yards. He’s the first NFL receiver with four touchdown catches in a game since Randy Moss and Terrell Owens did it in 2007, pretty good company to be in for Jones.
Dalton’s five touchdown passes gave him 11 in his last three games, his best such span. He’s definitely silencing all his haters out there, even though there as still some after this great performance which i don’t get it all. Dalton is 13-3 in his last 16 regular season games, hes winning football games fans!
The Bengals (6-2) won their fourth in a row and padded their AFC North lead by taking advantage of New York’s vulnerable pass defense and its rookie quarterback, who had his worst day yet. Geno Smith threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns before heading to the bench early in the fourth quarter.
It was Cincinnati’s most lopsided victory during coach Marvin Lewis’ 11 seasons. The Bengals are 2½ games ahead of second place Baltimore, which had its bye week.
The Bengals figured they could take advantage of New York’s man to-man coverage by throwing deep. Dalton’s line gave him plenty of time and he was on target most of the time, setting up a lot of big plays.
The biggest came from Jones, a fifth round draft pick with a lot of speed. In his breakout game, he showed a good pair of hands and a few nifty moves, too. His 30 yard catch set up Dalton’s 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Greshman, who was uncovered in the back of the end zone.
AJ Green also had two catches that went for more than 50 yards each as Dalton showed he can complete the long throw one of his biggest deficiencies in his first two seasons.
Bengals CB Chris Crocker returned his first pass of the second half 32 yards for a touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, Adam “Pacman” Jones ran another back 60 yards for a score, sidestepping the diving Smith to reach the end zone.
The Bengals ounce again were bitten by the injury bug for the second straight week, MLB Rey Maualuga was taken off the field on a cart in the first half after hurting his left knee and apparently suffering a concussion while trying to make a tackle. Lewis said Maualuga wasn’t seriously injured. OT Andrew Whitworth (knee), S Taylor Mays (Shoulder), Mohammed Sanu (hamstring) all left the game with their injuries . That’s the only concern for the team, but one thing they have is depth.
Bengals have a short week they will practice today and tomorrow and will board a plane to Miami on Wednesday, and will take on the Miami Dolphins on Halloween night on Thursday (8:25pm NFL Network).