(A.J. Green & Andy Dalton Photos provided by the Cincinnati Bengals)
Talk of Fame Network
The bandwagon continues to grow for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Unbeaten through six games and alone atop the AFC North, the Bengals have the third-best offense in the NFL behind the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. But their receiving crew -- that’s No. 1.
So say the listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network, who voted the Bengals the best receiving corps in the NFL in our weekly poll. Cincinnati received an overwhelming 50 percent of the vote to easily outdistance the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos, who tied for second at 16.7 percent. The New York Giants finished fourth with 11.1 percent, followed by the Indianapolis Colts at 5.6 percent.
The Bengals do not have a receiver in the Top 20 but have four excellent targets allowing quarterback Andy Dalton to move the ball around. Wide receiver A.J. Green has 35 catches for 531 yards, tight end Tyler Eifert 28 catches for 342 yards, wide receiver Marvin Jones 24 for 321 yards and wideout Mohamed Sanu 16 for 260 yards.
Sanu is averaging 16.3 yards per catch and Green 15.2. Green has the only 200-yard receiving game in the NFL this season (10 catches for 227 yards against Baltimore), and Eifert also has a 100-yard game. Eifert has caught six touchdown passes and Green and Jones three apiece.
So it’s little wonder that Dalton is the NFL’s leading passer with an efficiency rating of 116.1. He is completing 67.4 percent of his passes with 14 TDs and only two interceptions. In addition, he is averaging a league-best 9.12 yards per pass and has been sacked in only two of Cincinnati’s six games thus far.
Arizona has two receivers in the Top 15 in Larry Fitzgerald (46 catches) and John Brown (37), as does Denver with Demaryius Thomas (48 catches) and Emmanuel Sanders (38).