Upon Further Review: Bengals Week 7

October, 21, 2013
10/21/13
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An examination of four hot issues from the Cincinnati Bengals' 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions:

[+] EnlargeA.J. Green
AP Photo/Paul SancyaA.J. Green caught six passes for 155 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Detroit.
Green's day: As the Bengals' offense has become more diverse, forcing defenses to respect their bevy of playmaking threats, receiver A.J. Green has begun to benefit, too. For the second straight game, Green went for more than 100 yards receiving, catching six passes for 155 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's victory. His very first catch of the game was his lone touchdown reception, and it came on the Bengals' first drive as he put a double-move in single coverage on cornerback Chris Houston and ran by him. Wide open, he ended up sprinting under a pass and going 82 yards for the score. The catch was the 200th of his career, and later in the game he went over the 3,000-yard career mark.

Suh who? Statistically speaking, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh wasn't as big a factor as had been anticipated. One week after hounding Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden (including one hit that resulted in a fine), he was mostly kept away from Dalton. Suh recorded one fourth-quarter sack on the Bengals quarterback, and arguably, it was the Lions' biggest defensive play. On third down, the pocket collapsed as Suh and the rest of the Lions' defensive line went hard toward Dalton and got better penetration than they had the whole game. It resulted in Suh grabbing Dalton as he went by him, and bringing him down for the game's only sack for either team. The sack resulted in a Kevin Huber punt, which was downed with 1:43 remaining at the Lions' 6. Suh and Dalton entered the game with a bit of a history after Suh had body slammed the then-helmetless quarterback on a post-play hit during a preseason game in Cincinnati's last trip to Ford Field.

Third-down woes: Cincinnati's defense allowed the Lions to convert on 13 of 19 third downs. Ahead of Monday night's game between the Vikings and Giants, that was the league's worst conversion rate of the weekend. The Bengals also had one of the highest third-down play totals among defenses in the league to this point in the weekend. Only New England's defense faced more third-down plays (21). Miami also had 19. Players and coaches alike were adamant after the game about cleaning up the third-down issues, even though, with the game on the line on Detroit's last drive, the Bengals got a big stop when safety Reggie Nelson forced Matthew Stafford to throw an incomplete pass that led to a punt, which set up the game-winning field goal.

'Special' teams: Carlos Dunlap was set on getting his hands on the football during David Akers' late second-quarter field goal attempt. At another point this season, he had come close to a block but didn't get it. This time around, Dunlap got the big block for the Bengals, sparking a special-teams uprising. In addition to his block, the Bengals had key punts from Huber, and Mike Nugent's second straight game-winning field goal.

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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