Bengals Banter: Deciphering the Enigma of Andy Dalton

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Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) is defended by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

 

Even though Dalton threw three TDs and wasn’t sacked on Sunday, Dalton still threw a critical pair of interceptions in the first quarter, one of which was returned for a score by cornerback Joe Haden.

But receiver A.J. Green came to the defense of Dalton, taking the blame for the first INT as described by Green himself:

“The linebacker dropped underneath. I have to go to the outside on that,” Green said after the game. “It’s my fault, I think I could have filled that. He was throwing to the open spot. And I was thinking about wrapping around the linebacker. That’s stuff I need to clean up myself.”

But the second one appeared to be more on Dalton’s poor read and equally poor pass to Green with the All-Pro Haden blanketing him. Weather the first INT was his fault or not doesn’t really matter. Dalton can’t throw pick-sixes in the first quarter of a critical game like that.

Again, it’s unclear as to what Dalton is or what he will become, but the Bengals should get a better feel for that over the next give games as the Bengals look to hold on and win the AFC North.

 

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