CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 16: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 27-17. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw two interceptions in Sunday's 34-12 win over the Seahawks in Seattle. Both of those interceptions came on long passes to A.J. Green. One was picked off by Richard Sherman and the other was intercepted by Kam Chancellor.
Both passes were a little off of target and each of the interceptions led to Seattle scores. The first interception led to a Seahawks field goal and the second led to the the team's only touchdown (they failed the two-point conversion attempt).
Even though Dalton may have some accuracy issues on deeper passes and even though two long passes resulted in nine points for the Seahawks on Sunday, head coach Marvin Lewis says he's not going to stop dialing up the long pass plays because of the two wide receivers that Dalton is throwing to -- Green and Jerome Simpson.
"Those are two big, physical guys we expect to make plays," Lewis said. "We got to keep throwing the ball up there and we expect them to come down with it."
We've all seen A.J. Green go up and get passes:
And we know that Jerome Simpson has the talent to do the same. Considering that the Bengals have a 5-2 record heading into Week 9, I don't see a problem with throwing up a pass and asking one of the two talented receivers to come down with it. To me, the risk is worth the possible reward, especially since it looks as though Dalton is just getting better, and even if the ball is turned over, the Bengals have a top-tier defense to help back up the offense.
Sling that ball around, Bengals.