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Week 10: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Offense

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Andy Dalton In General

I have long been one of the what seems like few Dalton supporters, but he makes it awfully easy for his detractors to criticize him and awfully hard for his supporters to keep supporting him. Was the loss all his fault? Certainly not. But, he had a HUGE hand in it.

Where is the Dalton of October 1-30? How does a QB go from a 3 game stretch of 11 TDs and 2 INTs and follow it up with 2 TDs and 6 INTs? And 1 of those TDs was on a hail mary which really doesn’t count! Coming into the game, the Ravens had 4 interceptions in 8 games. Dalton threw them 3. All 3 of which were absolutely terrible throws and the 1st of which lead directly to the Ravens 2nd TD and 17-0 lead. The 2nd messed up great field position (1st and 10 at Cincinnati 42). And the 3rd (which was another terrible throw), was a miss of a wide open Green that would have given the Bengals a first down in easy chip shot FG range (15 yard line).

Even on completions, Dalton was putting the ball where his receivers couldn’t get YAC, he missed a TD to Eifert on a poorly thrown ball, and 91 of his 274 yards and 1 of the TDs, were pure luck – the deep ball which Green saved him on, and the hail mary. Without those two luck plays, Daltons numbers are 22-49 for 183 yards and 1 TD. Coming out of college, Dalton’s strength was supposed to be his accuracy, but I have not seen that to be the case so far in his 2.5 year career.

Andy Dalton’s Pocket Presence

The offensive line was not great yesterday, but at least 2-3 of the 5 sacks were a result of Dalton holding the ball way to long. A QB has to have an internal clock, and at times, it seems as Dalton does not. And, with the exception of Carson Palmer and Drew Bledsoe, have you ever seen a QB that seems so uncoordinated when the pocket breaks down?

Giovani Bernard

This may be rough for a guy that had 95 total yards and 1 of the 2 TDs, but to run backwards on the 4th down play and lose 11 yards is inexcusable. Sure, he did it against Miami, but he has to be aware of the situation he is in. Taking a 2 yard loss in that situation may have saved the game as the Ravens struggled to get far in to FG range. The Bengals don’t get to OT without Bernard, but they may have lost in OT because of him.