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Bengals offense explode for 28 first half points

The Cincinnati Bengals put together one of the best first halves in a dominating 28-6 effort against the New York Jets.

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We've heard all week that the New York Jets have one of the league's top defenses, specifically their defensive lines that's limited opponents on the ground. And based on Cincinnati's lack of success on the ground Sunday afternoon, we can see why.

However, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden decided to lay it all on Andy Dalton, who completed 15 of 24 passes (62 percent) for 257 yards passing and four touchdowns in the first half. If not for a deflection during a running back screen that led to an interception, Dalton's 121.0 passer rating would have touched a perfect rating.

Dalton utilized his entire roster of weapons, hitting six receivers in the first half. But none more than Marvin Jones, who caught six passes for 116 yards receiving and three touchdowns. The Bengals compiled 294 yards of offense in the first half, converting four of six on third down and scoring four touchdowns on five red zone appearances.

The defense, though the secondary storyline, has been just as effective, holding New York to only 80 yards of offense and two of seven on third downs.