Bengals Need more from Andy Dalton

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Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (58) and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (97) sack Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports


Last night was a game to forget for Bengals QB Andy Dalton. The former TCU star finished a mere 13/27 for 127 yards and one touchdown, one of his worst stat-lines of the year. Even worse was that in the games’ final three quarters, Dalton was 9/19 for 86 yards. He was also sacked six times and was stripped twice by an Eagles team that hadn’t forced a turnover in six games, both of which lead to Eagles scores.

Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden knows that that performance simply won’t do if the Bengals want to make the postseason and not be another one-and-done team:

It was very un-Andy-like last night. He missed some throws that he should make, he didn’t throw some throws that he should throw, could have run for yards and tried to throw across his body and was almost intercepted. He made some plays that just weren’t up to par. He missed (tight end Jermaine) Gresham on an out _ he’s 6-foot-5 for God’s sakes and he throws it over his head _ doesn’t pull the trigger to (wide receiver Andrew Hawkins) twice (in the end zone). \Just a tough day.

We expect to see progress and not regression, and he kind of took a step back last night. That’s disappointing but in fairness to him, it’s a road game, a Thursday night game against a pretty damn good defensive front and they have two good corners and they did a good job. Hat’s off to the defense over there. They played hard and spirited and took it to us. But we had some plays that should have been made that weren’t.

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