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 field goal, one of the few things that didn't work during a 38-31 win in Washington on Sunday.
It underscored how much Cincinnati's offense has grown in its second season under coordinator Jay Gruden, who felt comfortable letting someone other than quarterback Andy Dalton take the snaps and make the plays.
The Bengals (2-1) play at Jacksonville (1-2) on Sunday.