The big criticism of Andy Dalton was that he lacked a big arm. Then Bengals offense has responded this season with big plays and lots of them.
In the past two games, the Bengals have produced five touchdown passes covering at least 40 yards. That's a huge difference from last season, when Cincinnati had three such throws for the entire season.
"We’ve got so many guys," Dalton said. "Everybody knows what A.J. (Green) can do, but other guys are making big plays for us, big catches. It’s nice to be able to spread the ball around and get the ball to more than just one guy.”
Dalton has spread the scoring passes around. He's connected with Brandon Tate for a 44-yard touchdown. He's hit Armon Binns for a 48-yarder. The only receiver who has reached the end zone on two big pass plays has been slot receiver Andrew Hawkins, who has weaved his way through defenses for scores of 50 and 59 yards. Then there was the unexpected touchdown pass from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to Green.
“Everyone was saying ‘Who is your second receiver?’" coach Marvin Lewis said. "And I keep telling you guys we have four of them and they’re all very good and they just keep doing their jobs."
STAT THAT STICKS: 73 -- Yards covered by Sanu's touchdown pass to Green. According to ESPN Stats & Information, this was the longest touchdown pass by non-quarterback since Steelers punter Josh Miller's 81-yarder to Chris Hope in 2003.
OVERHEARD: "When (Robert Griffin III) goes to the bathroom tonight, he's going to see Mike Johnson right behind him." Defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the team's website about Johnson, who sacked RG3 three times.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Bengals (2-1) look to make it three in a row when they travel to face the Jaguars (1-2) on Sunday. Cincinnati ended a seven-game losing streak at Jacksonville last season, when the Bengals beat the Jaguars, 30-20.