After a stretch of three straight games in the month of October, where we saw outstanding quarterback play by Andy Dalton, the last game of the month and the entire month of November has been viewed as “Bad Andy”.
With a new month ahead for Dalton, he’s looking for a fresh start and better play as the head into the month December in first place and control their own destiny.
Right now Dalton in his third season, has the team in position to make their third straight postseason appearance, and maybe for the first time in the Dalton-Green era host a home playoff game.
Its definitely not a lock. The 2006 season ended with three straight losses to miss the party, after opportunities to lock a spot into the dance. Dalton’s career record in December is 6-3, so that’s one thing he has going for him.
The third year player has taken a big downfall, after his three game hot streak in October, his last three games he has thrown for 5 touchdowns to 8 interceptions. The last game he played against the Cleveland Browns, he threw for 93 yards and had two picks, one returned for a score in the first quarter. Head Coach Marvin Lewis and players say they have all the confidence in the world in Andy.
He’s on pace to throw more than 4,000 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and the ugly stat of 22 interceptions. Dalton knows he’s got to be consistent going down the final stretch and possibly in the month of January.
I guess this is a positive light in the sky for him and the offense, they won’t face a top 10 defense these final five games, to me it doesn’t matter in the NFL any defense can have a breakout game.
Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth trust and believe in Dalton here’s what he had to say “I’m not worried about No. 14 Whitworth said. “I’m always been a believer that you’re the kind of guy that breathes this stuff no matter what, you’re going to have ups and downs but you’re going to come out of it if you devote yourself to what you do. And he’s continued to do that in the short amount of time he’s been here. Even in bad runs, he’s come out of it and found away to be successful one and he’ll do that again.”
Dalton is hoping a change of calendar to the month of December, will get him back to the “Good Andy”, goodness we all in Cincinnati hope so.