Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was able to do what Tom Brady couldn't -- face the vaunted New York Jets defense and have a huge passing game in a victory. Sunday's game became easy for Dalton and the offense, as he almost tied the single-game passing record in a 49-9 win.
Dalton threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns in the win. He targeted eight different receivers, causing both Marvin Jones and A.J. Green to finish with over 100 yards receiving on the day. In the past it's been easy to say Dalton is a good, but not great quarterback who benefits from the weapons around him, but he's started to transcend this criticism of late.
The emergence of Jones is particularly important to Cincinnati. In previous years, this is a team that has been looking for a complementary receiver for A.J. Green, and if Jones can prove this wasn't a one-week fluke against a rookie cornerback, the Bengals have a lot to build on.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan leaves Cincinnati with one of the most consistently inconsistent teams in the NFL. Part of this is taking his lumps with a rookie quarterback, as Geno Smith was pulled in the fourth quarter due to his poor play. The larger issue for New York is its struggling defense paired with an inability to run the football. These are the core tenets of how this team is built, and both are letting the Jets down.
Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga left Sunday's game with a concussion and knee injury. He was unable to return.
Fantasy studs and duds
Andy Dalton had a mammoth day with five touchdown passes. He was the fantasy stud of Sunday.
Marvin Jones isn't far behind with four touchdown receptions. He also caught eight passes, which is great in PPR leagues.
Did they cover?
The Cincinnati Bengals were 6-point favorites, according to OddsShark. Their huge win means they easily covered.
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