The Bengals are doing it on both sides of the ball, and one quarter into the 2015 season they look like a team on a mission. Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium their offense was in sync with their defense as they lowered the boom on the Kansas City Chiefs with a 36-21 win.
The now 4-0 Bengals matched the third-best start in franchise history, two wins shy of the club record.
Andy Dalton sparked the Bengals offense with another big day, going 17-for-24 for 321 yards and a long TD to wide out Brandon Tate.
”It’s what we expect from this offense,” Dalton said. ”We’ve got everybody back, we’re healthy. We’ve done a great job so far getting to 4-0.”
The Bengals D did the job against Chiefs QB Alex Smith and the KC offensive line. They got to Smith five times, and it didn’t seem like a big deal that the Chiefs got a club-record seven field goals from Cairo Santos.
“It feels good, man, to win at home and still be undefeated, but it’s still a long season,” Vincent Rey said.
“We’re only a quarter of the way through. We do all this work in the offseason for now, for these games, and we’ve got 75 percent of the games left It seems like the season is going real fast already, but we’ll be in (Monday) and we’ll be in ready to work. We want to get better.”
Smith was 31 of 45 for 386 yards, but was under pressure much of the time. The Chiefs came into the game with an NFL-high 14 sacks allowed and gave up five more.
”We knew with Alex Smith, he kind of panics like any quarterback when he gets pressure in his face,” said tackle Domata Peko.
“Alex Smith was on his back a lot today, and that was a key thing.”
The Bengals got a solid day on the ground from their two top running backs, Gio Bernard (62 yards) and Jeremy Hill (40 yards 3 touchdowns).
The team seems to be doing it on both offense and defense, something we’ve not seen in quite some time.
“I can say this is the first time in a long time that the offense and defense are clicking,” Rey Maualuga said.
“There are some games way back when, last year, where the offense is clicking and the defense is not, the defense is clicking but the offense is not. The offense puts us in a great situation to hold the ball, give them back the ball and go downfield and score some points.”