Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton continues to give the team confidence through his stellar play during the preseason. Whether HBO’s Hard Knocks is having an effect on him, or the fact that it is his third season in the league, there is no question he has looked like a veteran during the first two weeks of preseason.
“I think we were a little bit hungry tonight. After last week, we wanted to put points on the board with the ‘ones’ in there. So we go out of this game feeling a little better than last week,” Dalton said, according to USA Today Sports.
Dalton led the Bengals on two straight scoring drives to open the game against the Tennessee Titans over the weekend. He finished the game with a 64.3 completion percentage (9-for-14), one touchdown and 115 passing yards. It brings his numbers in two games this preseason to 152 passing yards, one touchdown, a 57.1 completion percentage and a 95.7 passer rating.
It was clear the offense was on a mission once again to prove their 34-10 win against the Atlanta Falcons in the first preseason game was no fluke. The fact that the offense failed to score in the first half of that contest certainly was the reason why the Bengals came out firing against the Titans.
“The positive that sticks out with me is the offense,” head coach Marvin Lewis said, according to USA Today Sports. “We made plays. We converted some third downs. We ran and passed well at times. The only negative was the turnover. The defense was a little wormy against the run at a couple of points, but the positive is we forced them to settle for field goal attempts (in the first half).”