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.