With A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, and Tyler Eifert out this Sunday, it's difficult to foresee Cincinnati's passing offense having much of an impact this weekend. Even when A.J. Green was on the field, the Bengals couldn't breach top-ten status with their passing game. Look at it this way, Andy Dalton has four touchdown passes this season -- on pace for a career-low 16. Andrew Luck has posted four touchdown passes... in a game. Twice.

This isn't a criticism... it just is. Ideally the Bengals use the running game to setup the pass -- Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard are simply more dependable right now. Circumstances, such as early leads and Cincinnati's confident defense, often circumvents the need to throw the football. Other circumstances, such as early deficits, often creates the desperation to throw. Philosophy has preached a significant impact as well, forcing Dalton into quick throws with limited audibles, and no improvisation.

Dare we say that Cincinnati doesn't sport an offense strong enough to face early adversity? Maybe they will soon. Perhaps everything is already clicking after Sunday's thrashing. On the other hand, facing a realistic starting lineup with Mohamed Sanu, Brandon Tate and (maybe) Dane Sanzenbacher, offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will have to get creative or become ridiculously loyal to the ground game.

For the most part, Cincinnati's passing game has been largely proficient. When you're a team that's faced a deficit for 48 seconds in the first three games, you can rely on a conservative system. When faced with adversity (aka, New England Patriots game), it became widely unreliable.

Already losing 14-0 with 2:06 remaining in the first quarter, the Bengals, suddenly faced with a need to invade Patriots airspace, have third and two from their own 28-yard line. Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap and quickly reads single-coverage on Giovani Bernard's out and up.