Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton entered the week ranked fifth in the NFL in passing, with a 120.3 rating, not too far from the top spot, held surprisingly enough by Tennessee rookie Marcus Mariota at 129.9.
Dalton is 19th in attempts (60), 18th in completions (41) and 15th in yards (483). The Bengals are off to a 2-0 start for the second straight year with Dalton at the offensive controls.
Tyler Eifert ranks tied for second among NFL tight ends in receptions (13), third in receiving yards (153) and tied for second in touchdowns (three). His receptions total leads the AFC, with New England’s Rob Gronkowski second at 12.
Giovani Bernard is averaging 6.6 yards per rush over Games 1-2 (26-for-186), the highest average among the NFL’s top 24 in total rushing yards and also the highest average among all players with more than 12 attempts.
Bernard ranks fourth in total yards, just 25 behind leader Carlos Hyde of San Francisco (211).
The Bengals' defense is tied for sixth in the NFL in sacks, with six. They rank second in the league in sack differential at plus-six (six on defense, none against offense). The only team doing better is New England at plus-seven (11-4).
Rookie offensive tackle Jake Fisher's 31-yard gain before being run out of bounds at the Chargers' 16 in the home opener not only set up a 21-yard Bengals field goal for a 17-13 lead, it was the longest receiving gain by an offensive lineman in the NFL since Nov. 13, 1988, when Indianapolis guard Brian Baldinger went for 37 yards against Green Bay.
That was four-and-one-half years before Fisher was born.
Fisher’s catch is easily the longest by a Bengals offensive lineman, topping a 12-yarder by Hall of Fame tackle Anthony Munoz, who caught seven passes during his career. Munoz scored four touchdowns.