After two weeks of hard feelings and two losses by the Bengals, this week brought a bunch of good news. Whether it was Vontaze Burfict returning to the lineup, the Bengals beating the Dolphins on national television, or Sam Wyche on the road to recovery from a heart transplant, Week 4 was a breath of fresh air.
Much like their path to a win in Week 1 against the Jets, the Bengals tapped their franchise quarterback and wide receiver duo for a win against Miami. Though the team struggled to find the end zone, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green hooked up through the air on multiple occasions for some highlight plays.
It’s in their chemistry that gave us the plays of the week as the Bengals charged to 2-2.
The 51-yard Beauty:
One could argue that Green saved Dalton on a couple of occasions on Thursday night. Some could look at the play in the first quarter and say that the Pro Bowl wideout bailed the quarterback out on a jump ball. On the other hand, one could see Dalton escaping pressure and delivering a strike to Green on the run.
Regardless of your opinion, the deep ball to Green was the catalyst for the Bengals to recapture the lead and eventually gain the win. Maybe the play was the display of talent from both players, but it was one of the highlights of the night.
A.J. Green made this look easy pic.twitter.com/vYGuhn3U0H— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) September 30, 2016
The Bengals’ only touchdown of the night:
There’s no doubt that Green did most of the work on the Bengals’ lone trip to the end zone on Thursday night. After the 51-yard connection to give Cincinnati a nice rebound from Ryan Tannehill’s 74-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills, the Bengals were on the move.
After a couple of runs from Giovani Bernard and another big third down catch-and-run from Green, Dalton went with a safe pass to his star wideout. The screen looked to be on the cusp of disaster, Green grabbed the pass, broke a tackle and strolled into the end zone.
Green’s 43-yard snag on the sideline:
Dalton and Green weren’t to be outdone from their first quarter plays and wanted to impose their will on the Dolphins to mount on their lead. After Green was torching Tony Lippett and Xavien Howard on the night, Dalton decided to No. 18 again in the second half.
Cincinnati’s quarterback saw that Green had a step on the Miami defensive backs down the left sideline for a big gain. While it was a decent throw by Dalton, the catch Green made down by his knees made it an even bigger highlight-reel play.
What is your favorite play from the Bengals in their 22-7 win over the Dolphins?