In his three-year NFL career, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for 58 touchdowns, but never more than four in a game, and then, only once ... until Sunday's game against the New York Jets. A Jets defense that appeared to be the strength of the team seemed helpless against Dalton, who passed for five touchdowns, four in the first half alone in a 49-9 throttling.
All but one of those five touchdowns went to second-year receiver Marvin Jones, whose statistical explosion was even more atypical -- he had caught four touchdown passes total in 18 NFL games and had just five starts to his name. In fact, the fifth-round pick from Cal caught just 13 touchdown passes in his collegiate career, so it wasn't as if the Jets were expecting him to be a touchdown machine.
Then again, it's difficult to know what the Jets were expecting. Dalton had thrown for three touchdowns and over 300 yards in each of his last two games, but the Jets appeared to belay their usual pass rush, and Dalton was sacked just once. Cincinnati's offensive line also put in a great performance, but this has to be worrisome for head coach Rex Ryan going forward. Jones finished with eight catches for 122 yards, and he was killing the Jets secondary with fades and quick out routes.
The record for touchdown receptions in a single game is five, shared by Jerry Rice (1990), Kellen Winslow (1981) and Bob Shaw (1950).
Marvin Jones was equally unstoppable, grabbing eight passes for 122 yards and four touchdown. (Tom Uhlman/AP)
"Not many people put a performance like this against a Rex Ryan defense," Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said of Dalton's performance. Not many people will."
The Bengals raised their record to 6-2 with the win, while the Jets fell to 4-4.