In a game where the Bengals came in without Tyler Eifert or Marvin Jones, and lost A.J.Green to a toe injury, Kevin Zeitler, Brandon Thompson, Alex Smith, and nearly Vontaze Burfict again, Cincinnati was forced to turn to other playmakers on the depth chart.
The playmakers that made themselves known turned out to be a few names we're already used to hearing, and a few who made their first splashes of the season. Mohamed Sanu had a brilliant 50-yard strike on a trick play call, down the right sideline to Brandon Tate.
Later on in the second half, Dalton got the ball to Sanu on a quick post in the face of a heavy blitz, resulting in a galloping touchdown run through the middle of the field.
Giovani Bernard had several fantastic run, coupled with the power running of Jeremy Hill to combine for 164 yards, and Bernard's early touchdown.
Dalton finally got the ball over to Gresham a few times, who didn't disappoint on a great catch and run in the third quarter. The play helped the Bengals continue on a scoring drive that was also set up by Leon Hall's diving interception off a Burfict deflection.
Inside the numbers of the game:
0 - Through two games, the Bengals have committed zero turnovers, something Andy Dalton was looking to cut down on this year.
0 - The Falcons' defense had 0 sacks vs. the Bengals in the game. The Bengals have also allowed 0 sacks in their first two games.
1 - Jeremy Hill had 1 touchdown, his first in the NFL while following Peko past the goal-line in the third quarter.
2 - Kevin Huber had 2 punts fall inside Atlanta's 5-yard line.
3 - Cincinnati allowed just 3 points between the first halves against Baltimore and Atlanta, two of the more dynamic offenses in the NFL (they scored combined 63 points in their other games).
4.9 - Hill also rushed for 74 yards on 15 attempts, averaging 4.9 YPC.
169 - Giovani Bernard combined for 169 yards by himself, 90 rushing and 79 receiving.
11 - Andy Dalton torched the Falcons for several big pass plays, averaging 11 yards per completion in 15/23 attempts for 252 yards. That was the second-highest single game.average yardage mark in Dalton's career.
49: AJ Green left in the first quarter and had no catches for the first time in his 49 NFL games.
62 - Since 2012, Matt Ryan and Andy Dalton have thrown 62 touchdown passes, which is tied for third in the NFL behind Peyton Manning (95), and Drew Brees (85).
114: WR Roddy White caught five passes for 42 yards, improving his franchise record streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 114.
Mohamed Sanu is the first player to have both a 50+-yard pass and a 50+-yard reception in a game since David Patten in 2001— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 14, 2014