Déjà vu? It was Andy Dalton’s second chance to shine in his hometown of Houston and in the end, it turned out much like the first one.
The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback had one of his worst games as a rookie when he threw three interceptions when the Houston Texans knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs in 2012. Now, one year later, Andy Dalton did it again.
Finishing the game 14/30 for 127 yards, one interception the Bengals offense couldn’t even muster a touchdown. It was the defense that scored the Bengals only touchdown as Leon Hall’s 21-yard interception return sparked the Bengals.
Dalton couldn’t find his way out of a paper bad as he only accumulated a total of three yards in the first half.
The line of scrimmage was dominated by Houston and J.J. Watt, much like it was in 2012 when Watt returned a touchdown in their first wild card victory. A number of false start penalties and miscues hurt the Bengals.
Even though the Bengals defense allowed Arian Foster over 100 yards they did a good job of holding him in check.
They were able to hold the Texans to four Shayne Graham field goals, but were unable to put pressure on Matt Schaub.
There can be tons of blame put on the Bengals, but in the end, the blame goes to Andy Dalton who had huge accuracy issues which led to the loss.