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The Bengals have their offense revving in high gear.Cincinnati has put up 34 points

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in back-to-back games to open the season http://www.coltsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-rigoberto-sanchez-jersey , although quarterback Andy Dalton said they haven't played a perfect game."We left some stuff out there," Dalton said. "We can definitely improve and get better. (But) if we're saying that and scoring 34 points, that's a good thing."Dalton and the Bengals will look to fix those "little things" and start 3-0 for the fifth time in coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons when they visit the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.The Panthers are coming off an uncharacteristically poor defensive performance in a 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, prompting coach Ron Rivera to say he wouldn't tolerate laziness on defense .The big change from last year's 0-3 start for the Bengals has been up front.The offensive line was a mess last season, the main reason they finished last in the league in offense.Coordinator Bill Lazor was given freedom to redesign the offense. He overhauled the line, and the Bengals have new starters at four positions. So far that line has meshed well together, allowing just two sacks — none in a 34-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13."Anytime you have time back there you can step into your throws, and you can put the ball where you want it," Dalton said of the protection in the team's 2-0 start .Another adjustment has been lining up wide receiver A.J. Green in different spots on offense. Green caught three first-half touchdown passes from the slot against the Ravens. Cornerback James Bradberry will cover Green most of the time, but there will be occasions Green could face nickel back Captain Munnerlyn in the slot, where he'll have a significant height advantage."The reason they are moving him around is to try to create opportunities for him. You just got to have a package that can counter it," Rivera said of Green.Things to watch in the Bengals-Panthers game:HISTORY OF 3-0The Bengals also started 3-0 in 2005, 2006, 2014 and 2015, making the playoffs in three of those years before losing in the first round each time.McCAFFREY'S CATCHESPanthers running back Christian McCaffrey only carried the ball seven times against the Falcons, but he had twice that many receptions. His 14 catches (for 102 yards) tied a franchise record and showed Cam Newton is willing to be patient and use check-downs to move the chains. Newton is completing a career-best 69 percent of his passes in his first year playing in coordinator Norv Turner's offense.Rivera said he anticipates more things will open up down the field once teams begin to honor McCaffrey coming out of the backfield."They (wide receivers) understand too that now all of a sudden those linebackers might not be dropping 12 to 15 yards deep anymore," Rivera said."They may be right at about 8 (yards). Those digs are going to start opening up, those post routes, those bang-eights across the middle — they are going to start flashing a little more."GIO'S TIMEThe Bengals will lean heavily on Giovani Bernard Matthias Farley Jersey , their only healthy running back with experience in the system. Starter Joe Mixon tore cartilage in his right knee during the win over Baltimore and is out for a few weeks. Running back Tra Carson pulled a hamstring in practice on Monday, so the Bengals signed free agent Thomas Rawls. Bernard has three 100-yard rushing games in his career."It doesn't change for me," Bernard said. "I feel like people are freaking out, but my goodness, it's football."MORE MOOREPanthers rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore is expected to see more playing time this week after a 51-yard touchdown catch against the Falcons.The team's first-round draft pick played 17 snaps on offense, but Rivera said earlier this week that "it's time to put more on his plate." He also said he's noticed a swagger about Moore this week in practice.CLUTCH TURNOVERSThe Bengals' young defense has given up a lot of yards, but forced game-clinching turnovers in each of their wins. Third-year safety Clayton Fejedelem forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown with 24 seconds left as Andrew Luck was driving the Colts for what could have been a winning touchdown in the season opener. Last week safety Shawn Williams hit Joe Flacco and forced a fumble as the Ravens were trying to drive for a tying TD late. Luck threw for 319 yards and the Colts piled up 380 overall. Flacco threw for 376 and the Ravens had 425 in all.AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this report. Each week, I will look to break down two of the best or worst plays (or situations) from the previous game, but I’ll be listening to Stampede Blue to choose which plays should given a closer look as I hope to explain what happened in greater detail than the broadcasters can. Often you’ll hear “how did that guy get so open?” and I hope to be able to answer that question for Colts fans this season.The Colts weren’t able to pull off what would have been a massive upset against the Patriots. It shouldn’t have surprised anyone who doesn’t actually play or coach for the Colts, but losing to the Pats is always disappointing. I knew it would end in a loss, I believed that in the days and weeks leading up to the kick, yet when it actually happened I was truly upset. Football games rarely upset me anymore, it’s weird because all throughout my 20’s watching the Colts lose would ruin my entire Sunday. Since I’ve started breaking down so much tape I find myself less and less upset, I’m not less of a fan now, but I look at the game in a less emotional way. The Patriots, for reasons you can probably guess, bring that emotion back out. This weeks poll chose Chester Rogers deep drop on 2nd down late in the 3rd quarter and Sony Michel’s long touchdown run. The Rogers drop wasn’t the play I expected everyone to choose, but after looking at the play, I’m glad it won. The Michel run is less surprising but frankly Authentic Nate Hairston Jersey , it’s also less interesting, so we’ll get it out of the way first!Before this play Sony Michel had 15 carries for 58 yards. We can’t discount this run, it happened, but he was averaging less than 3.9 yards per carry, in a game the Pats were dominating. This play is a disappointment but so far it’s a bump in the road for the run defense that hasn’t had many bumps along the way. This is God’s play. Power. You can find this play being run (maybe not out of this formation but this play) at every level of football, in every country that plays American football. There’s nothing special about it, there’s nothing inventive, nothing that the Colts defenders haven’t seen thousands of times before. Do you know why, after decades and decades, teams still use power? Teams still run power because you can run it 100 times and gain 1-5 yards each time and on the 101st you get the play above. Power works. It has always worked and if you have decent players who execute at a high level, it will always work, eventually. Now that you’ve read about my personal love of power, what really makes Sony Michel’s run possible comes down to two key blocks. The first is from the left tackle and guard. This is a perfectly executed deuce block, seriously it’s better than examples you’ll find almost anywhere. If you coach offensive linemen and you needed to teach a perfect deuce block, this is the clip you’re going to show. They start by doubling up the defensive tackle, getting good movement until the left tackle releases to block the backside linebacker. The second block that broke this play wide open isn’t from the pulling guard, it isn’t from Rob Gronkowski both of those were good blocks, but honestly those should be expected. The block I’m talking about is Julian Eldeman’s block on the cornerback. If Eldeman, doesn’t make that block no one is going to blame him (outside of Bill Belichick) he’s a wide receiver. Instead his effort ensures that Michel goes nearly untouched. Had he not made that block the corner on that side Youth Quincy Wilson Jersey , at the minimum pushes Michel into a different angle toward Matthias Farley and this play likely ends 10-15 yards down field. The Colts came out in an alignment that made this play possible, but had they come out ready to stop the run, Tom Brady would have changed the play anyway. The problem, for the Colts really comes down to the fact that no one made a play and the Patriots executed perfectly. It was a well timed play for the Pats and the Colts weren’t able to overcome it. I saved this play for the last because it really excited me when I realized what happened. The Patriots send five pass rushers and on the back end they’re playing a man cover one, which just means that they’re playing man to man with a single safety high to protect deep. This angle doesn’t really show why I’m excited about this play. It’s a pretty run of the mill design, against different coverage I might have been excited about the design but these are just iso routes against man. No big deal. Until you see the endzone angle:Look at what Andrew Luck sees. His wide receiver has a step on the cornerback but the cornerback has help over the top coming from the middle of the field. Luck saw that and he realized that he has to fit this ball over the top of the corner but away from the charging safety, while still throwing a catchable ball. This is a nearly impossible throw. The arm strength and touch combined with the timing and anticipation is nothing short of elite. This is an elite level throw and Andrew Luck, the guy we were all told for months was done (and a lot of people reading this article probably believed in some conspiracy to sell season tickets and that Luck was done), had not only the physical ability to make this amazing throw but he had the confidence that he could. You don’t make this throw unless you’re sure you can do it. If anyone had any doubts that Andrew Luck was back, or completely right, or healed, or whatever description anyone wants to give it, you can’t watch this play and objectively say there’s something wrong with Andrew Luck. His arm is back. His mind is back. If anyone can put a team around him, these next 10 years can still be very, very exciting.

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