Apparently the scouting report on Andy Dalton is... get into his head and watch him crumble. Makes sense. You've seen it every postseason performance and primetime game, so it's bound to be an inevitable truth.
However, that's not even the most concerning. The Bengals offense is extremely predictable. That's what linebacker Karlos Dansby said to the Akron Beacon Journal:
"We put a lot of time in," Dansby said. "The schedule was hectic. Coach put a lot of pressure on us to handle it, to be professionals, and we handled it. We were dialed in. We knew exactly what they wanted to do, how they wanted to do it, when they wanted to do it. We’re calling out screens. We’re calling out run plays. We’re calling out everything right there on the field."
Well, what about when Dalton would audible?
"When he audibled, we knew exactly what he audibled to," Dansby said. "We put time in. It’s preparation. We’re watching film. We’re on it. We’re dialed in. We’re studying, and we’re making sure that we’re on point."
Yet, Cleveland knew that they could sit back and allow Dalton to give them the game.
"We were just being opportunistic. [Dalton] was giving us passes," said Dansby. "He was throwing the ball right to us, it looked like. We were making plays on them. We were just doing our part."
Dalton completed 10 of 33 passes for 86 yards and three interceptions. It was shocking display of quarterbacking in the NFL that should never happen -- but does in Cincinnati.