SCOUT­ING RE­PORT

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NFL - By Childs Walker

La­mar Jack­son threw ef­fi­ciently against the Pa­tri­ots’ league-lead­ing pass de­fense, com­plet­ing 17 of 23 and con­vert­ing on key third and fourth downs in the sec­ond half. Wide re­ceiver Mar­quise Brown re­turned after miss­ing two games with an an­kle in­jury and caught three passes on four tar­gets for 48 yards. Tight end Nick Boyle had one of the best re­ceiv­ing games of his ca­reer against the Pa­tri­ots, catch­ing all five passes thrown his way and scor­ing his first ca­reer touch­down.

Rookie quar­ter­back Ryan Fin­ley will have his first NFL start, re­plac­ing Andy Dal­ton as the Bengals look for a path for­ward after their 0-8 start. Fin­ley made first-team All-ACC at North Carolina State last sea­son but has yet to play a reg­u­lar-sea­son NFL snap. With Dal­ton at the helm, the Bengals ranked 11th in pass­ing yardage but 27th in yards per at­tempt. Cincin­nati’s best of­fen­sive player, wide re­ceiver A.J. Green, has missed the first half of the sea­son with an an­kle in­jury and is not ex­pected to play.

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