Andy Dalton helps Bengals Offense Shines in OT Win at Buffalo

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Oct 13, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) runs the ball against Buffalo Bills defensive end Alan Branch (90) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bengals beat the Bills 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 13, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) runs the ball against Buffalo Bills defensive end Alan Branch (90) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bengals beat the Bills 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

 

The biggest takeaway though, is how well the offense led by Andy Dalton played. Dalton completed 65% of his passes for 337 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. His interception was a head scratcher for sure, but he bounced back and continued to play well. Not only that, but Dalton never seemed to lose control of the game, by rushing for first downs and doing his best Brett Favre impression by shuffling a pass to Gio Bernard and letting him do the rest.

Dalton was also praised by head coach Marvin Lewis, who on Monday in his press conference said, “We’re asking for Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers right now, today.” Lewis has been quoted on multiple occasions as saying, “This is his (Dalton’s) team.” Coach Lewis knows the importance of a leader and knows the Bengals can help coach that leader to a 3rd consecutive playoff appearance.

The Cincinnati Bengals moved into sole possession of first place in the AFC North Sunday with a win at Buffalo, and won in similar fashion as when the Bills came to Cincy in 2011. Dalton led a 4th quarter comeback in that game in which Mike Nugent won the game with a field goal as time expired.

Sunday was no different and as the Bengals get their first road win of the 2013 season, look for them to string a few wins in a row here as they travel to Detroit, then home to play the New York Jets. In 2011, the Bengals were 2-2 after beating Buffalo and then rattled off 4 straight wins carrying them to a 6-2 start. 6-2 seems very realistic at this point and that kind of start would put them in the driver’s seat for a possible AFC North division championship.

 

 

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