CINCINNATI (AP) — A different Marvin is getting the attention in Cincinnati.
And how could he not? Marvin Jones set a Bengals record with his four touchdown catches during a 49-9 win over the Jets on Sunday, moving ahead of such Cincinnati luminaries as Isaac Curtis, Cris Collinsworth, Carl Pickens, Eddie Brown and Chad Johnson.
His game was that good. And that promising: Cincinnati (6-2) is in control of the AFC North and on track for a third straight playoff appearance, which would be another franchise first.
"We're an offense that's evolving," left tackle Andrew Whitworth said.
Nobody's evolving faster than Jones, who was known for his speed when the Bengals drafted him in the fifth round out of California in 2012. He went through the usual rookie growing pains and suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for four games.
He moved into the starting lineup near the end of the season and finished with 18 catches for 201 yards and one touchdown overall — nothing there to suggest he was the answer to the Bengals' overriding question.
Who could complement All-Pro receiver A.J. Green? On Sunday, Jones did things that Green has never come close to managing.
"It was unbelievable," Green said. "I don't think I have scored four touchdowns since high school. That guy is awesome."
Jones has evolved from a speed-based receiver to one who can make the tough catch while closely guarded. He had a sensational catch for a touchdown during a 27-24 win at Detroit, landing hard on his left shoulder in the back of the end zone while holding onto the ball.
"He's just Marvin," coach Marvin Lewis said. "Marvin has a lot of ability and great speed. He's tough at the catch and he's showing how tough he truly is."
Against the Jets, he had three more acrobatic catches in the end zone and turned a short pass into another touchdown by spinning away from tacklers. He also had a 30-yard reception that set up Andy Dalton's other touchdown throw.
Dalton's five touchdown passes were a career high. He's got 11 in the last three games, becoming the first Bengals quarterback with such a run, according to STATS LLC. Six of them have gone to Jones.
"He's had the potential since he's been here," Dalton said. "I think he's just comfortable with everything that we're doing and everything that we're asking him to do."