The Bengals have been very tolerant of Andy Dalton’s regression as a starting quarterback. After the worst week of Dalton’s NFL career, Marvin Lewis needs to reconsider his no-benching stance and turn to AJ McCarron �� for the sake of his team and coaching tenure.
The numbers show that Dalton was better in Thursday night’s 13-9 loss to Houston than he was in Sunday’s 20-0 loss to Baltimore when he threw four interceptions, completed only 51.6 percent of his passes and rated a microscopic 28.4 as a passer.
But his final line against the Texans (20 of 35, 224 yards, no INTs, 76.4 rating) looked a lot better than it really was. All it required was a string of competent throws for Dalton to “outduel” rookie first-time starter Deshaun Watson. Instead, Cincinnati is now 0-2 at home and has failed to score a touchdown for its paying fans.
Normally when teams face salary cap hell the way the Saints have, they make a major concession in one season and get their books in order so they can compete in the future. For the Saints, this should have been strongly considered in 2015 and certainly done in 2016, but they have yet to do it.
Instead of taking the pain for a year, the Saints have continued to sign any players they can regardless of fit or impact on the cap, hoping something would stick. Spend as much as possible, tomorrow be damned.
Brandin Cooks started his day by being booed. He ended it with one of the biggest moments of his short New England Patriots tenure.
Cooks was one of a group of Patriots players jeered as they stood locked arm in arm next to a group of players that knelt during the national anthem Sunday. The display was in response to criticism President Donald Trump levied against Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players and teams over the weekend.