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After a promising rookie year, Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals were exposed against the solid Houston defense.
Though Dalton was physically ailing with the flu, the mental side of his game is what truly failed him against the Texans.
Dalton threw three interceptions to zero touchdowns, and he struggled to find receivers all day. Even his No. 1 receiver, A.J. Green, was held in check by the Houston secondary.
Dalton actually started the game very well. He did a solid job of picking apart the Texans' secondary, and he actually led the Bengals to an early game lead.
That lead would evaporate quickly though, as Dalton seemed to lose confidence after J.J. Watt's incredible interception.
Beyond his interceptions, Dalton's stats aren't bad on the surface. He did manage to throw for 257 yards, and his completion percentage of 64 percent is solid.
The key stat for Dalton is that he only threw for just over six yards per attempts. The Bengals receivers were unable to break big gains, and Dalton was unable to find any success in the deep passing game.
All in all, the Bengals future looks bright, but Dalton will face a long offseason as he relives his terrible performance in the playoffs.