"It's not holding me back," he said. "It's not changing the way I play the game. They can say whatever they want. As long as we win games, as long as I'm getting completions to my guys, I'm not worried about it."
In a matchup of teams that lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs last season, Cincinnati had the deeper roster.
The second- and third-string players for Atlanta struggled in the second half for the second straight week.
Ryan, who completed his first 11 attempts, finished 18 of 21 for 174 yards and one touchdown, a 2-yard screen pass to reserve fullback Lousaka Polite in the second quarter.
It was just the kind of preseason result that Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has been hoping for. Gruden's training camp emphasis for Dalton has been to improve accuracy on deep balls.
"I'm surprised they left A.J. one-on-one in that situation," Dalton said, "but I'm glad they did."
Atlanta's Michael Turner had three carries for minus-3 yards.
"We really wanted to look at the passing game," Smith said. "It was more so of an emphasis of what we wanted to do. There were some nice opportunities."
Samuel, the veteran Atlanta acquired in an April trade with Philadelphia, seemed to celebrate prematurely after his coverage contributed to a short incompletion that Dalton threw too high for Green. On the next snap, Green ran straight ahead on a "go" route and easily beat Samuel with a double move to make an over-the-shoulder catch that put the Bengals up 10-3.
"He sat on the route before, and I got him on the double move," Green said. "Yeah, we took advantage of that. We got to go over the top on him."
Samuel accepted the blame for blowing a third-and-15 situation and letting Green score.
"We were going at it," Samuel said. "I relaxed on the deep ball a little bit, and he got over on top of me. It was third-and-long, so it was time to put the ball up."
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Ryan answered with a nine-play, 88-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard TD catch by Polite. An over-the-middle pass on the previous snap to Jones, last year's No. 6 overall draft pick, covered 23 yards.
"I'm just trying to make good decisions and be accurate with the football," Ryan said. "We have really talented wide receivers and tight ends. My job is to try to get them the ball in a good spot to make a play with."
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