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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Morning Stripes: Bengals keep catching

By Coley Harvey

Yes, we wrote Tuesday that it was the Cincinnati Bengals' defense that was pacing the team from an emotional standpoint.

But again, what the Bengals' offense has done so far can't be overlooked, either.

In the past two weeks in particular, that offense has shown just how versatile it can be as the running backs have gotten involved, with noted success, in both the running and passing games, the end-around game has proven to be timely, the short screen and slant passing game have led to big chunk plays and multiple skill guys are being given opportunities to make plays.

Against Buffalo last Sunday, eight Bengals caught passes from quarterback Andy Dalton, who passed for more than 300 yards for the first time in a year.

It was the kind of passing diversity that had offensive coordinator Jay Gruden pleased. He is confident the Bengals can keep displaying that type of versatility and confusing opposing defensive coordinators who must game plan for up to nine potential passing options per game. (For those scoring at home, that's two running backs, two tight ends and five receivers.)

To that end, if the Bengals continue mixing up the pass in such a way that six of those playmakers keep catching passes, they could be finding themselves in the history books.

To explain, we turn to Wednesday's Morning Stripes: