Andy Dalton followed up the worst performance of his career with 220 yards passing and 3 touchdowns in the Bengals 27-10 win in the Bayou Sunday. Jeremy Hill rushed for 152 yards and AJ Green caught his first touchdown in two weeks.
“We felt like we really needed to come out and play like we know we can play,” said Dalton. “We came out and hit some big plays early and that's what we needed to do.”
Hill, playing just down the road from where he grew up and played college football at LSU, had his second rushing performance of more than 150 yards in the past three weeks.
“We did a great job bouncing back after last week,” said Hill. “You can just see the comradery going on, and if we keep that going, we're going to be a tough team to beat.”
Jermaine Gresham had two receiving touchdowns, including the Bengals first score of the game on a 12-yard pass from Dalton where Gresham fumbled the ball on the 1-yard line, kicked it into the endzone, and recovered it for the score. AJ Green pulled in six catches for 127 yards and one touchdown.
“We were able to control the football most of the game and that made a big difference,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “We made first downs and took care of the football.”
The Bengals 405 yards of total offense more than doubled their performance against Cleveland in Week 10. The defense, which came in as one of the worst rushing defenses in the league, gave up just 75 yards on the ground.
Cincinnati improves to 6-3-1 and with a Browns loss, takes control of the AFC North. Andy Dalton, who finished with a 143.9 passer rating, improved to 11-3-1 in games against NFC opponents. The Bengals have won four of the six games they've played all-time in New Orleans.
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