He looked like crap at the beginning of the game, but give him credit – he kept his composure, played better as the game went on, and led this team on some big drives in the 2nd half. Your QB is going to have off days, but good teams still find ways to win on those days. Dalton was off Monday night, but the Bengals hung around and managed to win.
Dalton put together two 5+ minute drives in the second half that ate up 11:59 of the clock and resulted in the 10 winning points. Those drives were huge! Just as important as the points, was the time the drives ate up.
Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end David Paulson (81) fumbles the ball during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Adam Jones’s Forced Fumble
For most of the night Adam Jones was being abused by the Steelers and his name was becoming synonymous with my four letter outbursts. But, he made one hell of a play forcing the fumble in the 1st quarter. With the Steelers already up 3 and driving deep into Bengal territory, a TD (or even a FG) could have started a spiral in the wrong direction.
That play was at least a 10 point swing and really set the tone for the rest of the night. It is a shame that the refs blew the play dead, because it was possible that could have been a TD for Jones or at least a big return.