Andy Dalton had a solid showing against the San Diego Chargers in which he made the right decisions and had one of his best touchdown passes in recent memory.
Dalton had 16 completions on 26 attempts with 214 yards, three touchdowns to three different receivers and a passer rating of 126.1. He added 10 yards on the ground and escaped the game with no interceptions.
Of Dalton's three touchdown passes, the one to Marvin Jones was particularly impressive.
Dalton perfectly placed the ball for Jones to make the catch right before cruising into the end zone.
"We feel like we’ve got a lot of different guys and Marvin fits right in," Dalton said on Sunday after the win regarding Marvin Jones' return this year after a year of being sidelined due to injuries. "For there to be a year without football for him and then come back, he’s doing some really good things for us. He’s a weapon for us and it showed on the touchdown catch he had today."
Having a multitude of receiving options should help the Bengals as they face a tough schedule this season. Dalton knows the difficulty that lies ahead, and next week's game against the Ravens will be no walk in the park, despite the Ravens going into the game with an 0-2 record. Next week's matchup will be the Ravens' home opener and division games always present tough competition.
"You look at the schedule and see how things go and you want to start fast, not just with the schedule but getting wins and our goal was to be 2-0 and that’s where we’re at and next week, our goal is to be 3-0," Dalton said. "It’s just our offense. We have different things that we can do. We have a good mix of everything."
While in Week 1, Tyler Eifert had a huge game, in Week 2, the receptions were more spread out, and you can expect that to continue to be the case. "Different guys are going to get involved and it’s not always going to be Tyler; the next week it could be Mo(hammed Sanu), it could be A.J., it could be Marv(in Jones) and that’s what’s so good about this team — we’ve got a lot of different weapons."
Dalton and the Bengals' offense weren't the only ones with a strong showing on Sunday. The Bengals' defense held strong on many key drives and Vinny Rey's game-ending interception secured the Bengals their second win of the season.
"You never know what's going to happen," Dalton said. "I was happy for our defense, they played great at a big time in the game, Vinny with a big interception at the end of the game. It’s a big team win."
After two games, Dalton is 41 for 60, has 483 yards, 5 TD, 0 picks, 0 sacks, and a passer rating of 120.3. But still, he knows there's room for improvement. "There’s a couple throws I really wish I could have back. We had chances to score touchdowns and we had to settle for field goals. That falls on my shoulders. But we did enough today to get the win and that’s all that matters."