Posted October 27, 2013

Andy Dalton sets new career high with 5 touchdown passes as Bengals pummel Jets

AFC East, AFC North, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets
Andy Dalton was on point all day against the Jets.

Andy Dalton was on point all day against the Jets. (Al Behrman/AP)

In his three-year NFL career, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for 58 touchdowns, but never more than four in a game, and then, only once … until Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. A Jets defense that appeared to be the strength of the team seemed helpless against Dalton, who passed for five touchdowns, four in the first half alone in a 49-9 throttling.

All but one of those five touchdowns went to second-year receiver Marvin Jones, whose statistical explosion was even more atypical — he had caught four touchdown passes total in 18 NFL games and had just five starts to his name. In fact, the fifth-round pick from Cal caught just 13 touchdown passes in his collegiate career, so it wasn’t as if the Jets were expecting him to be a touchdown machine.

Then again, it’s difficult to know what the Jets were expecting. Dalton had thrown for three touchdowns and over 300 yards in each of his last two games, but the Jets appeared to belay their usual pass rush, and Dalton was sacked just once. Cincinnati’s offensive line also put in a great performance, but this has to be worrisome for head coach Rex Ryan going forward. Jones finished with eight catches for 122 yards, and he was killing the Jets secondary with fades and quick out routes.

The record for touchdown receptions in a single game is five, shared by Jerry Rice (1990), Kellen Winslow (1981) and Bob Shaw (1950).

(Tom Uhlman/AP)

Marvin Jones was equally unstoppable, grabbing eight passes for 122 yards and four touchdown. (Tom Uhlman/AP)

“Not many people put a performance like this against a Rex Ryan defense,” Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said of Dalton’s performance.  Not many people will.”

The Bengals raised their record to 6-2 with the win, while the Jets fell to 4-4.

6 comments
playemball
playemball

Hope the Bengals have a 2nd half season like the 1st half! Go Bengals..

Matthew53
Matthew53

The Bungles have been so bad for so long, its good to see them win some games.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Last week the ever knowing experts picked Geno to be the next best thing.  Kinda doubt that now. over hyped and over rated.  

JdJohnston
JdJohnston

@Matthew53 The Bengals have been decent since 2005, making the playoffs a few times. Better than half the teams in the league. Did you just crawl out of your parents' basement?

cozmikrebl
cozmikrebl

@Matthew53 @Matthew53  I understand it is hard to believe in the Bengals, as a long time fan I know this well. The 90's through the early naughts were horrible. As bad as bad gets. Things got "better" during the early C. Palmer years but after the knee injury he was never the same. Still, he was able to lead the team to 2 division titles during his time here and while that may not seem like much, it was huge for changing the culture in Cincy. Suddenly it was possible as a fan to have hope again for this franchise. Things seemed different. And here we are, they are different. All that trial, error and suffering has payed off. The Bengals have now been to the playoffs 3 out of the last 4 seasons with another birth looking likely this year. As displayed today, the Bengals have a very dangerous team when they put it all together. I will go as far to say if they continue to play like they did today from here on out ( I believe they will)..they will be playing in the SB come Feb. Imagine that, the "Bungals" ,


"World Champions!"

With this team it is possible. These simply aren't your fathers Bengals. 
Who Dey!