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The Dalton Dispatch, Preseason Week 2 Bengals vs Lions

Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron looked sharp against the Detroit Lions, as both finished with QB ratings of over 100. We break down some of their more notable throws in the Bengals' preseason Week 2 win.

Once again, the Bengals' top two quarterbacks looked calm and confident in the preseason, as the Bengals beat the Lions in Detroit. Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron both had quarterback ratings greater than 100, and each led their team to touchdowns on their first drives.

For highlights and analysis of some of the most noteworthy throws by the two quarterbacks, watch the following video:

The Data:

Dalton was 7/9, for 78 yards with 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His QB rating was 102.8. McCarron was 10/15 for 95 yards, with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions, good for a QB rating of 106.3.

Deconstructing Dalton and McCarron:

Both passers had above average games. On only his second pass of the game, Dalton threw an absolute dart to rookie receiver Tyler Boyd on the run, a 26 yard completion that reminded fans of the fifth year quarterback's mobility and accuracy. Despite Boyd not getting great separation, Dalton essentially threw him open by leading him with the pass. And McCarron's touchdown pass to Boyd had excellent touch and velocity. Of course, as John points out in the video, both also had a couple of errant throws. But what was most encouraging was the speed at which both quarterbacks got rid of the ball, avoiding pressure and demonstrating that their timing with the receivers (including rookies Boyd and Cody Core) is about as good as one could ask for at this point, and that the transition from Hue Jackson to Ken Zampese has been smooth.

On Deck:

Dalton will throw more than nine times in the Bengals' next game, a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday night in what is normally the "dress rehearsal" for teams in the preseason. He will be facing a Jaguars defense that has undergone a significant overhaul. After finishing 29th in pass defense last year, the Jaguars boosted their secondary through the draft (Jalen Ramsey) and free agency (Tashaun Gipson and Prince Amukamara). They did the same thing to their pass rush, signing Malik Jackson away from the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, drafting athletic linebacker Myles Jack, and they're welcoming back the third overall pick in the 2015 draft, Dante Fowler Jr., who missed all of last season with an ACL injury. It should take a while for all those new pieces to become a cohesive unit, but the Jaguars are no doubt a team on the rise. While it is only the preseason, look for Dalton and McCarron to make a statement against a young and talented Jacksonville squad in what is technically a primetime game, broadcast on NBC.

Dalton and McCarron's Directions:

No change. Both were sharp, though admittedly not spectacular. That was mostly because there was nothing at stake and the team is running a simplified version of the playbook for now. The most important takeaway perhaps is body language, as both quarterbacks have projected absolute confidence in their teammates and coaches.