- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton’s first throw was right there.

So were his next seven.

Even his longest pass came down in the exact spot he intended.

Perfect, all around.

Dalton completed all eight of his passes and led the Bengals to a pair of touchdowns and a field goal during three impressive series Saturday night before the New York Jets’ reserves rallied for a 25-17 preseason victory.

“He continues to play the way we think Andy should play all the time,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “It doesn’t surprise me. It’s the way he practices every day. He doesn’t need to be flashy. He just needs to be accurate. He just needs to handle the offense. He does that very well.”

It was Dalton’s first game at Paul Brown Stadium since his turnover-filled 27-10 loss to San Diego in the opening round of the playoffs.

Also, it was his first home game since he signed a six-year contract extension that showed Cincinnati’s commitment.

Couldn’t have gone any better.

“That’s about as good as it gets in the preseason, I guess,” Dalton said. “I just felt good out there.”

The fourth-year quarterback went 8 for 8 for 144 yards, one touchdown and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. The Bengals (0-2) rolled up 173 yards while he was in the game, pulling ahead 17-3.

With their starters on the field, the Jets (2-0) had another bad day at Paul Brown. They got drubbed 49-9 in Cincinnati midway through last season - Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes in that one.

Their injury-depleted secondary made it easy for Dalton on Saturday night.

“Dalton looked like a million-dollar quarterback tonight,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said.

In an experiment, the Jets moved safety Antonio Allen to cornerback and had him cover A.J. Green.

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