Found September 25, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
Second-year quarterback Andy Dalton led the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) into FedEx Field on Sunday to light up the scoreboard, and the Washington Redskins in a 38-31 victory in Landover, MD.  Dalton completed 19 out of 27 attempts for 328 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. But Dalton and his young Thundercats orchestrated a brilliant offensive performance that was at times breathtaking as they did what they wanted to do against the Redskins, convincingly. Photo Credit: “We know Andy is unflappable,” said Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis. “He continues to show that week in and week out. He really settles and plays, and he may have a play that he wants back, but he lets it go. He moves on to the next one, and that’s it. He understands it’s one play at a time, and he has great personality and makeup that way. “He has confidence now,” Lewis added. “He knows he can do this. There is nothing that happens out there that he can’t handle. He’s a great leader. He did every

Bengals’ Michael Johnson finally breaking out in 2012

At 6’7’’ 271 pounds with a 4.75 forty and 38½ inch vertical leap in the 2009 NFL combine; Michael Johnson of the Cincinnati Bengals was one of the biggest pass rushing prospects coming out of the combine. Johnson was a very rare talent with incredible tangibles that placed him on the radar of most scouts predicting he would be drafted in the first round in 2009. Instead of...

Cincinnati Bengals: Week 4 NFL Power Rankings (#21)

Last week: 29 (+8) Record: 2-1 The Bengals, my original pick to go from out of the playoffs to 5 wins or fewer, are still in the running. I had them doing do because I thought they were the worst of the 12 playoff teams last season (other than Denver, who added Peyton Manning). Andy Dalton can move the ball well against crappy defenses like Cleveland and Washington, but he’s still...

WR Sanu shows off arm in NFL

With one perfect throw, Bengals rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu Bengals showed the NFL that he can really sling it. Sanu lined up in a wildcat formation, took the snap and threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green on Cincinnati's first play during a 38-31 win in Washington last Sunday. It was something totally new for the Bengals (2-1), who hadn't gotten a completed pass...

Bengals go wildcat, open up offense

Rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu lined up in the shotgun, took the snap and threw a 73-yard touchdown pass on the Bengals' first play from scrimmage. It was the start of an uncharacteristically wide-open day for the buttoned-down team. The Bengals also had running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis take a direct snap in a wildcat formation and run for a touchdown. They even tried a fake...

Monday musings week 2: Mohamed Sanu and Jay Gruden expose the Redskins, and more

Here goes with the stuff I noticed this week. I think the first point is very salient, it shows how important film review is important for any coordinator – both in terms of reviewing opponents tendencies and understanding your own. Last week, Ray Horton claimed that he knew what the Patriots would do because they [...]

Cincinnati Bengals vs Washington Redskins: Hero & Zero of Game

Today's game was sponsored by the Law Firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis: "Thank you for missing those tackles."The Bengals' Hero:The 'wildcat formation'.More specifically, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who took the very first snap of the game with quarterback Andy Dalton lined up wide (in Sanu's typical spot).Sanu dropped back and then threw a javelin down...

En Fuego: Andy Dalton

I got tired of people talking about my read hair Juan… Andy Dalton had a ho-hum preseason and carried that into week one against the Ravens. That was so long ago. Since then Dalton has been on a tear and has made us experts look like dummies for passing on him. In his last 2 games he has averaged 323/3 and despite making a bad interception in each game, the Bengals pass attack...

Pick of the week: Bengals (-2.5) at Jaguars

  Nothing is clear in the early weeks of the season. Super Bowl contenders are below .500, teams destined for last place are unbeaten and we have spent more time talking about the officiating than the actual on-field product. But we have learnt a few things, and therefore we are allowed to extrapolate and make sweeping remarks based on what we think we know after three...

Dalton outshines RG3 as Bengals top Redskins 38-31

Andy Dalton had a screen pass intercepted in his own end zone, giving the other team a touchdown. Michael Johnson had the first three-sack game of his career. Robert Griffin III lost a fumble on one of many jarring hits absorbed by the rookie quarterback. Even BenJarvus Green-Ellis put the ball on the turf, losing a fumble for the first time in his five-year NFL career. There was...

Four first impressions of Redskins' loss to Bengals

DOH! So close. Bengals 38, Redskins 34.1. Cincinnati threw the winning touchdown on the first play from scrimmage on a trick play. With QB Andy Dalton lined up on the line and WR Mohamed Sanu lined up in the Wildcat, Washington somehow, mysteriously, inexcusably lost tract of AJ Green. Green met up with Sanu's deep pass about 60 yards downfield and ran unhindered across the...

Fast start helps Bengals spoil Redskins' home opener

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Cincinnati Bengals ruined Washington's home opener Sunday, scoring on the first snap on a 73-yard touchdown on a wide-receiver option and then fending off a Redskins comeback to win 38-31. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin rallied the Redskins from a 24-10 deficit, leading drives of 80 and 86 yards to start the second half, but Bengals second-year quarterback...
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