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Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Although Dalton did throw the two interceptions, he finished the day going 26 of 33 for 282 with 2 touchdowns. That is a completion percentage of 78.7%, highest among all week one starters and finished with a 91.8 ESPN total QBR, second only behind Andrew Luck. Dalton moved the offense up and down the field on long sustained drives leading to points. Also, Dalton had no problem with the deep ball, connecting with AJ Green 9 times for 157 yards and both touchdowns.

As the season continues, the Bengals defense should play better and get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The offense played very well and was very efficient moving the ball with all the new weapons and Dalton may have played one of his best games as a pro. In this loss, the Bengals made some big mistakes; big enough to lose the game, but these mistakes are correctable. Look for the Bengals to bounce back on defense against a crippled Steelers offensive line, and look for Andy Dalton to have a repeat performance, minus the turnovers, in week two.


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  • Brian Ward

    Bengals will BLOW OUT the Steelers. The Bengals made very costly mistakes against the Bears last week, but all CORRECTABLE, and will be corrected. The middle of the line will be the area to watch, here comes GENO.. Game predictions 35 to 7, Bengals win a blowout. 2013 – Bengals drastically improved all phases of the game. Steelers have a mountain of injuries along with the loss of irreplaceable players and simply an aging team. Glad I’m not a Steelers fan..