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Bengals crush Jets to solidify hold on AFC North

Andy Dalton, Marvin Jones

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) congratulates wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) after they combined on their third touchdown pass of the game in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

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Anywhere you looked on Sunday, there was a Bengals player making a big play.

There was A.J. Green with a pair of 53-yard receptions and Marvin Jones scoring four touchdowns in a coming out party. Andy Dalton threw five touchdowns, a career best, and threw for more than 300 yards for the third straight week.

On defense, Chris Crocker and Adam Jones each returned interceptions for touchdowns and the entire unit thwarted just about everything the Jets tried to do when they had the ball. The Jets gained just 240 yards on the day and some of that came in garbage time when Matt Simms replaced Geno Smith at quarterback.

It all adds up to a 49-9 victory that leaves the Bengals in command of the AFC North. They’re 6-2 and the only team with a winning record through eight weeks of the season, creating quite a cushion for them to ride into the second half of the season. The only thing that might be troubling is injuries as the Bengals saw linebacker Rey Maualuga, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and safety Taylor Mays leave with injuries during the game.

With a short week before their Week Nine date with the Dolphins in Miami, the Bengals may have to work around some absences. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, none of the injuries slowed them down the least this week and the Bengals will come into town with a ton of momentum after their fourth straight victory.