CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton threw a pair of touchdown passes and Cincinnati finally got its depleted offense moving without receiver A.J. Green, and the Bengals sent the Philadelphia Eagles to their most lopsided loss of the season, 32-14 on Sunday.
The Bengals (4-7-1) got their first win since Oct. 23, beating a team that’s in a swoon of its own. The Eagles (5-7) opened the season with three straight wins, but have dropped seven of nine.
Dalton had completions of 50, 44, 29, 23 and 21 yards as the Bengals scored on each of their first six possessions for a 29-0 lead, reinventing themselves with Green and running back Giovani Bernard sidelined by injuries. The previous time they scored on their first six possessions was 2009 against the Bears.
The only bad moment: Mike Nugent missed another point-after-touchdown kick wide to the right, his fourth miss in a span of five PAT tries. Nugent made field goals from 32, 33, 26 and 38 yards, the last one deflecting off the left upright.
The Eagles extended Cincinnati’s drives with personal fouls and leaky pass coverage. Dalton finished 23 of 31 for 332 yards without an interception or a sack.
Eagles: WR Jordan Matthews was inactive with an ankle injury after being listed as questionable for the game. Philadelphia also was missing RB Ryan Mathews and RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai. … WR Dorial Green-Beckham suffered a rib injury in the fourth quarter and went for X-rays.
Bengals: DE Wallace Gilberry and TE C.J. Uzomah were out with calf injuries. RT Andrew Whitworth left late in the third quarter with an injured right leg, but returned after tackle Jake Fisher caught a pass, fumbled and hurt his left knee.
Eagles: Carson Wentz has struggled in the past five games, and this one was in many ways the worst yet. He was 36 of 60 for 308 yards with a season-high three interceptions, two by Vontaze Burfict. Most of his yards and completions came after Cincinnati was in control.
Bengals: Rookie Cody Core caught a 50-yard pass for his first career reception, setting up Jeremy Hill’s TD run in the first quarter. The sixth-round pick with speed will get more chances with Green sidelined.
The Eagles host Washington, the first of three home games against their division opponents down the stretch. They lost at Washington 27-20 on Oct. 16.
The Bengals play at winless Cleveland, where head coach Hue Jackson — a former Cincinnati offensive coordinator — has a bye week to come up with some new twists for his former team. The Bengals beat the Browns 31-17 at Paul Brown Stadium on Oct. 23.