Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) calls signals during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dalton – It is getting more and more difficult to defend Andy Dalton. In the first quarter, Dalton was 3/8 for 22 yards, threw 2 INTs (1 returned for TD), 1 ball batted down and received a well-deserved smattering of boos…and not the kind they charge $8.25 for. Hell, in the first quarter, the Bengals had more penalty yards (45) and the Browns defense had more yards on interception returns (45) than the Bengals had as an offense (13). Dalton had completed 1 more pass to his team (3) as he did to the opposing team (2), and during one stretch of QB bloopers, had 3 straight passes with the following results: interception, pick 6, batted down pass. That is what we call a bad stretch. Right now, the only consistent thing in Dalton’s game seems to be his weekly first quarter struggles. If the Bengals want to advance in the playoffs, Dalton has to learn these games start at 1pm, not 1:30.
Green: The lack of stats on Sunday are not Green’s fault. The second interception is not Green’s fault either. However, if you listen to Marvin and Green, the first interception (which started the Bengals tailspin) was Green’s fault for running the wrong route on what was apparently an option route. If after the first interception on Sunday you screamed at your TV “who the *%$# was Dalton throwing to?” Apparently the answer was Green. The route called for Green to go inside or outside based on the coverage – according to Marvin and Green, Green zigged when he should have zagged. During the bye week, Green needs to do 3 things: 1) work on catching the good throws that hit him in the hands, 2) break up the bad passes so they are just bad passes and not interceptions, and 3) run the correct routes.
Penalties: After 11 games, you are what the stats say you are, and according to the stats, the Bengals are an undisciplined team. On Sunday, they collected another 8 penalties for 64 yards, one of which negated a touchdown.