It’s time for our weekly segment of Buy or Sell brought to you by Glen Burnie Motorsports. Each week, we pick three topics and let you know if we’re agreeing (buying) or disagreeing (selling) with the statement. Then, you vote and tell us what you think.
The defense will force Andy Dalton into key mistakes
Just as NFL fans and talking heads were ready to declare the Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback Andy Dalton as legitimate Super Bowl contenders, Dalton’s inconsistencies come roaring back in a big way. In Week 8 against the Jets, Dalton threw five touchdowns and one interception, capping a three-week run in which he tossed a total of 11 scores to just two picks. Then in Week 9 in Miami, he threw three interceptions, no touchdowns, and took a sack in overtime in the end zone to lose the game on a safety. Through the first five weeks of the year, he had five touchdowns and five picks.
On the other hand, the Ravens defense – especially the secondary – just can’t get their hands on any passes this year. As a team, they have only four interceptions, tied for 27th in the NFL. Of those four, two are by linebacker Daryl Smith. The only members of the secondary with picks are Jimmy Smith and Corey Graham, who each have a single interception. Nada from Lardarius Webb or either safety.
In three career “competitive” games against the Ravens (not including Week 17 2012), Dalton has one touchdown and five turnovers (four interceptions and a lost fumble).
So will the Ravens defense force Dalton into some mistakes?
SELL: As much as I’d like to see this face time and time again on Sunday:
I just don’t have confidence in this defense to get it done. With A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert, Giovani Bernard, Marvin Jones, Jermaine Gresham and the rest, the Bengals’ stable of weapons is impressive. I’m afraid Dalton is in store for his best day yet against Baltimore.