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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Morning Stripes: Bad Andy's back

By Coley Harvey

This Tuesday is hereby dubbed "Andy Dalton Day" on the ESPN NFL Nation Bengals blog.

In addition to this early post on the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and his ineffectiveness in the past two games, we'll have a couple of others throughout the day that look a little more specifically at what has gone wrong, and what could continue to go wrong for the embattled signal-caller.

We'll even look a little deeper at what went right for him during the lone play that was the highlight of the game: the 51-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass at the end of regulation to A.J. Green. See? All about balance, all about perspective here. There's certainly a lot of bad to rail Dalton over, but there are some bright spots; some "brilliance," to quote coach Marvin Lewis. We'll explain exactly what that "brilliance" means later.

Hopefully I've enticed you enough to come back often throughout the day.

As you well know by now, Dalton scuffled through his second straight game Sunday at Baltimore when he only completed 24 out of the 51 passes he threw in a 20-17 overtime loss. One week after an inconsistent showing in a 22-20 overtime defeat at Miami that was lost when he took a game-ending sack for a safety, the timing of this latest loss wasn't very good. Not only was it a second straight loss that came following a four-game winning streak, but it also happened to be in a division game. Even though the Bengals still hold a 1 1/2-game lead, they can't afford having many more, if any, AFC North losses.

For that reason, we kick off "Andy Dalton Day" by taking a look at the return of what some call "Bad Andy." With the playoff picture finally beginning to take shape, the Bengals need much more of the quarterback they had for four weeks last month: