Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (right) celebrates with teammates in the rain during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
I have to be honest here. As soon as Andy Dalton threw his second interception of the first quarter, I turned the television off. It was barely ten minutes into the game, and I was done.
Dalton, at that point, had thrown eight interception in just nine quarters of play. However, he quickly worked to make amends to the chorus of boos in Paul Brown Stadium. With a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham and then a six-yard strike to Mohamed Sanu, the boos began to turn into cheers once more. The Cincinnati Bengals had taken their first lead of the game, and they wouldn’t look back. That’s about when I turned the game back on, for those who were wondering.
I don’t mean to make Dalton look like the unsung hero, turning the page to lead his team to an unprobable victory. Indeed, the offense only mustered 224 total yards, and Dalton didn’t even break the century mark through the air. The Browns outgained the Bengals by over 200 yards, and yet, the Bengals were able to secure a win to the tune of four turnovers.