Oct 31, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) yells out at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
6. Defensive Back Pressure
Dalton did not have a good game against the Dolphins. In fact, when facing pressure, he earned a 13.5 QBR, which is horrible to say the least. When facing a defensive back pressure on Thursday, Dalton was 3-11 and all of his interceptions came when a defensive back pressured him. In fact, the game ending safety also featured a defensive back pressuring him, although it didn’t appear to be needed.
The Bengals also recorded 5 drops on Thursday, most for the franchise since 2007. Dalton will have to make better, quicker reads and throws when facing this pressure, or many defenses could use this blueprint to figure him out. Expect the Ravens to use this strategy against the Bengals.