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Bengals stay perfect, shut the Falcons down for 24-10 win

Antone Smith, Terence Newman

Atlanta Falcons running back Antone Smith (35) is tackled byCincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said last week they planned to score 30 a game this season.

He missed that one by a whole lot Sunday.

The Bengals man-handled the Falcons, beating them 24-10 to improve to 2-0.

The Falcons were playing without left tackle Jake Matthews (ankle), and the absence was clear, as Cincinnati manhandled them up front. They allowed the Falcons just 309 total yards, and goaded quarterback Matt Ryan into three interceptions and just 231 yards on 24-of-44 passing. As sharp as Ryan was last week against the Saints, he was that bad this week.

The Bengals didn’t get anything out of A.J. Green before he left the game with a toe injury, but they didn’t need much.

With Mohamed Sanu making big plays on both ends of the passing game and Giovani Bernard showing his explosive ability, the Bengals had plenty of offense.