After throwing a crucial 4th-quarter interception vs. the Broncos on Sunday with his team trailing 24-20, Andy Dalton became the first quarterback in Bengals history to throw an interception in eight straight games. Along with two fumbles lost this season, he has 13 total turnovers through eight games and is on pace to finish the 2012 season with 26 turnovers after accounting for only 15 in his rookie season. While he is on pace to throw 28 touchdown passes, which would be 8 more than his rookie year, his 11 interceptions are just two fewer than he threw in all of 2011.
Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden stressed before the season he was going to open up the playbook a lot more this season, perhaps even more than he should. That seems to be the case now, but Dalton can’t be handed all of the blame, as the running game has struggled this year, as they rank 26th in the NFL is rushing yards per game and have forced Dalton to carry the offense on his shoulders while All-Pro receiver A.J. Green is faced with double-teams as the other receivers struggle to get open consistently and make defenses pay for focusing on Green. Tight End Jermaine Gresham did have a career day yesterday, snagging six balls for 108 yards and becoming the the first Bengals TE to record a 100-yard game in 17 years when Tony McGee had 109 yards during the 1995 season.
Until this team discovers a running game and finds more legitimate receiving threats outside of Green