I'm going to start this off by saying that yes, we should be scoring more points, but that luckily we are a team that doesn't need to score Peyton Manning-esque amount of points.
So that being said, I liked a lot of what I saw today down at the stadium. I didn't see a deep incompletion to AJ Green (though I did show up with 9:20 left in the first so we might have tried once). At any rate, Gruden didn't feel the need to force a deep ball into AJ's hands when New England was obviously trying to take him away. That's a coaching improvement.
My next point of interest in our offense's improvement came late in the 3rd quarter when we were backed up to our 2. Gruden must've heard me in the stands talking about how we don't have to throw deep to AJ Green alone. We can spread the ball around, which is what we did. Dalton threw a nice ball to Marvin Jones.
Moreover, it wasn't even necessarily a "deep ball". This was a 20-30 yard pass. Andy Dalton can make that throw accurately.
Another pass that was pretty and successful was Dalton's ball on the sideline in the first half to AJ Green. He put it in a spot where only Green could get it and it was a 15+ yard throw. Again, not a deep ball, but effective at moving the chains.
Besides those 2 gems to wide receivers, I saw good use of the slant and throwing to Eifert split out wide.
Ok, so we could move the ball at times, but 13 points doesn't cut it (unless the other team only scores 12 or fewer points)!
Well, I'd say that we left 10 points on the field today. Dalton's redzone interception could have been either a touchdown or field goal. The drive that Giovani Bernard fumbled on could also have been turned into either a touch down against a worn down defense or a field goal (either would have sufficed to give us a 2 score lead). So I'll split the difference and say it was 10 points.
Cut out the turnovers and this anemic offense now puts up a respectable 23 points. With our defense holding teams to less than 20 points in most contests, our offense only needs to score 20 points.
Does our offense need to improve? No doubt.
Could we be better? Our turnovers are screaming that we could most certainly be better.
Is the sky falling? No. Clean up the mistakes, specifically by holding onto the ball.
We should see how successful we were in this game and continue to utilize our TEs, throw a "deep ball" to someone other than AJ Green, and dial up intermediate throws in the 20-30 yard range. If we can do these things on offense, we become a balanced football team and a dangerous one.