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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Offense

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The Ugly

Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the ball against the New England Patriots at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Dalton’s Pick

Sure, it was only his first red zone INT of his career and it ended up not mattering, but that does not make it any more disturbing. 2nd and 7 from the NE 9, in chip shot FG range, Dalton has broken the pocket and has 4 options, 2 of which are smart football plays, 1 of which saves the FG opportunity, and 1 which breaks every fundamental football rule: 1) throw the ball away or 2) tuck it and run for a yard or two, 3) take a sack – hell, even a sack would have still saved a FG, and 4) throw back across his body to the middle of the field.

Inexcusably, Dalton picked the 1 option which violated somewhere around 8 fundamental football rules (option 4) – and not surprisingly, said option resulted in an INT and a lost scoring opportunity.These are the types of mistakes a team cannot afford from their QB if they want to make a deep run in January – especially when the QB we are talking about is in his 3rd year and has 39 starts (including 2 playoffs starts) under his belt. This defense and these offensive weapons are good enough to raise a trophy in February, but in order to do so, Dalton cannot continue to cost the Bengals opportunities.

What it all Means:

The only thing that really matters is that the Bengals did win and they now sit at 3-2, still tied for the division lead, tied for the 2nd wildcard, and now have a tie-breaker win over a team they could find themselves competing with for seeding or a wild card position. They now hit the road for 4 of their next 5 games, with a game next week in Buffalo that they really need to have.

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