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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Offense

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The Ugly

Oct 31, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Dalton

Somewhat ironic that Dalton had just been named the offensive player of the month earlier in the day (they may want to ask for that trophy back). Just as you started to think Dalton was back on track, he has a game like this one. 3 INTs (1 in chip shot FG range returned 92 yards for a TD), 1 fumble and 1 safety taken (to end the game). More frustrating were the situations.

Pick 1: Again, just before half, Dalton throws a pick on a pass he should never throw, which results in end of the half points (big in a game that goes to OT eh?).

Pick 2: The decision and play were fine – in fact, if he leads Jones, it may be a first down or a TD. The pass was terrible and resulted in a 10 point swing (minimum).

Pick 3: This one was not Dalton’s fault – it was a perfect throw – but would have given the Bengals a 1st down at the Dolphins 10. Safety: Dalton has to know where he is on the field and has to see a rusher that is right in front of him. He should have just dove to the ground and let Huber punt.

By my count, that means Dalton gave the Dolphins 12 points and cost the Bengals at least 6, maybe 10. Think that 18 point swing could have been useful?