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Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) calls a play during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Dalton’s Mistakes Are No Longer The Norm

Everyone was waiting for the collapse of

Andy Dalton

and this Bengals offense. Not to say that it couldn’t happened or that they haven’t had a bad game, which Houston comes to mind, but Bengals fans aren’t as vocal, asking when is Dalton going to fail.

The Browns defense was missing a key piece to their secondary but the Bengals offense was missing an even larger one in their receiving core, in my opinion of course. That didn’t stop this offense though, Andy Dalton threw a perfect basket pass to A.J. Green for a 50+ yard game to set the Bengals up for a score only a few plays later. This is the type of play we have come to expect this season.

Andy Dalton is making smarter decisions, better reads, and adjusting the play at the line to give them an advantage that few teams have. The perfect example from Sunday is when Dalton ran for his three yard touchdown. He made an adjustment after seeing the Browns defense adjust to be heavy on his right side and found the quick hole for the score to his left.

We are finally seeing an Andy Dalton that most Bengals fans hoped to see from year one, especially when he was drafted to replace Carson Palmer. Now, Bengals fans can finally get excited that they have a chance to break a 24 year old playoff drought, and say there are no more excuses from this team.

Next: The Future of the Secondary

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