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Outlining the Seahawks’ task Sunday at unbeaten Cincinnati

Andy Dalton has passed the Bengals to a 4-0 start entering their home game Sunday against the Seahawks. Cincinnati is second in the NFL in total offense, fourth in passing and fourth in scoring, at more than 30 points per game.
Andy Dalton has passed the Bengals to a 4-0 start entering their home game Sunday against the Seahawks. Cincinnati is second in the NFL in total offense, fourth in passing and fourth in scoring, at more than 30 points per game. AP

SEAHAWKS’ NEXT OPPONENT

CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-0)

10 a.m. Sunday, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

Against the Seahawks: This is the 19th regular-season meeting. Each team has won nine times. This is Seattle’s second game in Cincinnati since 1993, when John Kasey kicked four field goals and Rod Stephens returned a fumble for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ last win there, in old Riverfront Stadium next door to the newer place. The Bengals won the last meeting, 2011 in Seattle, 34-12.

Line: Bengals by 2 1/2

What to know: The Bengals have had a tough, attacking defense for years. But this season quarterback Andy Dalton has the offense second in the league averaging 422 yards per game, fourth in passing at 294 yards per week and fourth in scoring at 30.3 points. ... Dalton’s 10.2 yards per completion is more than 3 yards above his career average. … He has only been sacked two times in 118 drop backs to throw this season. … Part of the reason the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson has 27 more drop backs is the Bengals have trailed for just 1 minute and 58 seconds of their 240 minutes of game time while Seattle has trailed for most of two games. … Maligned for not being able to win a playoff game, Dalton is completing 67 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and just one interception. His quarterback rating of 123 is second in the league to Aaron Rodgers’ 125.9. … A.J. Green is the big, downfield receiving threat, with an average of 16.7 yards per catch on 25 receptions through four games. By comparison, Seahawks leading receiver Doug Baldwin is averaging 9.9 yards per catch. … Giovani Bernard is the Bengals’ rushing leader with 297 yards. … Cincinnati’s defense is sixth in the NFL against the run but 27th against the pass. Trailing foes have spent most of games throwing. The Bengals have sacked the QB 11 times in four games, five more times than Seattle has – and more than half of Cincinnati’s total for all of last season. … Left DE Carlos Dunlap leads them with 3½ sacks. That will be Seahawks new starting RT Garry Gilliam’s man most downs. … DT Geno Atkins had two sacks last weekend against the Chiefs. He will be an issue for Seattle C Drew Nowak and Gs J.R. Sweezy and Justin Britt.

Quotable: "What benefits us is how much athleticism we have and I think that will help us a lot. When you play Seattle, you have to be tough and athletic. In our back end we’re fast and we can run, so hopefully we’ll be able to stay with those receivers. Then up front you have to match their physicality and contain Wilson. If you can do that and obviously contain Marshawn Lynch, you’ve got a chance to beat them. If you don’t match them, they’re going to keep testing you and they’ll play all 60 minutes. It’s something they do really well. They just keep coming at you and coming at you and they’re going to make you beat them." – Bengals backup OL Eric Winston, who spent the 2014 preseason with the Seahawks, to Bengals.com.

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