The Bengals were only 4-12 on 3rd down conversions. It was so ugly it deserves a breakdown:
Third 3rd down attempt – Dalton’s pass is tipped at the line of scrimmage.
Fourth 3rd down attempt – Incomplete pass to Armon Binns, the play is saved for the Bengals by a neutral zone infraction by the Browns.
Fifth 3rd down attempt – Incomplete pass to A.J. Green.
Sixth 3rd down attempt – On 3rd & 11, Dalton scrambles for only 3 yards, brings up 4th down.
Seventh 3rd down attempt – Dalton throws a 44 yard TD pass to Tate.
Eighth 3rd down attempt – Dalton throws to TE Jermaine Gresham for 6 yards on 3rd & 14.
Ninth 3rd down attempt – Dalton throws an interception to D’Qwell Jackson on 3rd & 9 at their own 35 yard line.
Tenth 3rd down attempt – Andrew Hawkins takes a short pass 50 yards for a touchdown.
Eleventh 3rd down pass – Gresham catches a 22 yard gain on 3rd & 7.
Twelfth 3rd down attempt – On 3rd & 6 BJG can only gain 1 yard.
There is only one word that can properly describe this gross inability to execute on third down and that is ugly. Or putrid. Painful works too. There’s actually a lot of words, just go to Thesaurus.com and search for “ugly”.
Although there were almost as many low points as high points the Bengals came out on top with a divisional win. The Bengal of the Game had to be QB Andy Dalton.