Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton hasn’t had the gaudy touchdown numbers he has had the last two seasons, but his accuracy has been steadily increasing at just over four percent a season. What helps him is that the Bengals give Dalton a new shiny target to throw to every year.
He came in to the league with star receiver A.J. Green. Last year, they drafted Mohamed Sanu and signed running back BenJarvis Green-Ellis. This year, they drafted tight end Tyler Eifert.
Despite the consistent play, it looks like Dalton can be rattled in the pocket and the Buffalo Bills might have the depth in their front seven to cause this. They are led by team sack leader Mario Williams, who has 7.5 sacks so far in 2013.
Besides Williams, rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso is currently tied for the lead with four interceptions in the entire league. Aside form his propensity to create turnovers, there are his abilities as a sideline-to-sideline and top-to-bottom defender who never takes more steps than virtually anyone in the league. Alonso has rapidly built up himself with the Bills’ loyal fan base as some kind of folk legend, and he’s only played in five games so far.
It will be interesting to see if the Bills can get into Dalton’s head with some of the loudest fans in the entire NFL behind them.