In a game where 37 points are scored by one team, there is bound to be a number of big plays that stick out. This week, the Bengals were victorious over the Browns, and the score provides a good problem for this week's Play of the Game post. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner!
A.J. Green's 57-Yard Reception From Andy Dalton:
Both teams had their first drives stall out and lead to punts, but the Bengals were ready to strike in the middle of the first quarter. Quarterback Andy Dalton dropped back and floated a beauty to Green, who was streaking past veteran cornerback, Tramon Williams. Green hauled it in for the biggest gain of the afternoon for either team, but Williams tripped him up by his shoe to stop a touchdown.
Andy Dalton's Touchdown Run:
After Green got them way down field from his big gain, the Bengals' offense was kind of treading water. It took a fourth down conversion and other short-yardage plays to get Cincinnati down to the Browns' three-yard line in somewhat-uninspiring fashion. If they were going to make an early statement, they would need six points, not three. After setting up in the shotgun, Dalton called an audible and moved under center. He quick-snapped it and darted into the end zone for a three-yard score to put the Bengals up 7-0.
Michael Johnson's Sack of Austin Davis on Fourth Down:
The Browns' offense was actually responding pretty well to the Dalton touchdown, moving downfield with six Davis passes and one Isaiah Crowell run to the Bengals' 36-yard line. While they were in kind of a "no-man's land" area of the field, Mike Pettine decided to have his team go for it on fourth and 11. Johnson shot off the edge and brought Davis down quickly, ending the drive and giving the Bengals good field position for an eventual touchdown.
A.J. Green's 23-Yard Touchdown Catch:
The Bengals smelled blood in the water after Johnson's play and wanted to grab a commanding lead early in the second quarter. After Green caught a 22-yard pass and Giovani Bernard gashed the Browns' defense for nine yards on a first down, Dalton found Green down the left sideline, who had beaten Williams once again.
Carlos Dunlap's Blocked Field Goal in Third Quarter:
Down 20-3, the Browns were desperate for some kind of positive momentum. They moved down the field in their first possession of the third quarter, getting into field goal range with the hope of cutting the lead to 20-6. Instead, Dunlap, who ended up having a monster afternoon, got his big mitt up and knocked away Travis Coons' 47-yard attempt. It squashed any hope Cleveland might have had and gave the Bengals the ball back with good field position.
A.J. Green's Tiptoe Catch:
The Bengals went for the throat after the blocked field goal, moving five plays to the Browns' 23-yard line. On second down, Dalton fired another sideline pass to Green in coverage. Capping off his exceptional day, Green somehow got both feet in bounds to set the Bengals up at the one-yard line for a subsequent Jeremy Hill touchdown.
Marvin Jones' 21-Yard Touchdown Reception:
Up 27-3 late in the third quarter, the Bengals' offense wasn't about to hit cruise control. facing a third and two from the Browns' 21-yard line, it looked like Cincinnati was content to chew more clock with a first down, or settle for the Mike Nugent field goal attempt. Instead, Dalton faked the draw to Giovani Bernard and slung it to Jones, who was streaking up the right sideline. He snared it and the Bengals took a commanding 34-3 lead.