Analyzing the 1st Quarter: Slow Start Nearly Doomed Bengals

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Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

 

Dalton, Dalton, Dalton

It is getting more and more difficult to defend Andy Dalton. In the first quarter, Dalton was 3/8 for 22 yards, threw 2 INTs (1 returned for TD), 1 ball batted down and received a well-deserved smattering of boos…and not the kind they charge $8.25 for. Hell, in the first quarter, the Bengals had more penalty yards (45) and the Browns defense had more yards on interception returns (45) than the Bengals had as an offense (13).

Dalton had completed 1 more pass to his team (3) as he did to the opposing team (2), and during one stretch of QB bloopers, had 3 straight passes with the following results: interception, pick 6, batted down pass. That is what we call a bad stretch. Right now, the only consistent thing in Dalton’s game seems to be his weekly first quarter struggles. If the Bengals want to advance in the playoffs, Dalton has to learn these games start at 1pm, not 1:30.

Routes Run Short of the First Down Marker

I had more beers in the first quarter (1) than the Bengals had first downs (0). They could have had at least one if Green did not run his route short of the marker. On the second drive of the game, the Bengals started with good field position (own 35) and had a 3rd and 4 at their own 41. Green ran a curl route, which I am fine with, but ran it a half yard short. These type of mental gaffes are things good teams can’t do. If you need 4 yards, you have to run your route at least 4 yards. If I know that, a pro bowl wide receiver should know that.

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