"That leads to a scary truth: Andy Dalton might actually be the guy in Cincinnati. We were all calling for a step forward from Dalton this season, and while it's unfair to use a guy's numbers right after he has a big game, they are a noticeable step ahead of where he was a year ago:
"Dalton was completing 65.9 percent of his passes and averaging 7.7 yards per attempt heading into this game, so it's far from a one-game creation. And yes, Dalton is still benefiting from playing with A.J. Green, but he's playing better when he's not throwing to his star receiver. Green is averaging just more than 30 percent of the pass targets and receiving yardage, just as he did a year ago, but Dalton is doing much more with the other guys in the offense. During his rookie year, Dalton completed 58.6 percent of his passes to non-Green receivers; that rose to 63.7 percent last year and a whopping 70.2 percent this year. He's averaging 7.8 yards per attempt on those throws, well ahead of his 5.8 YPA figure from his rookie season or his 6.4 yards per attempt a year ago. If this is the real Andy Dalton, he's good enough to lead Cincinnati a long way."