Dalton: We can’t let last week affect us

Andy Dalton and the Bengals will look to get on track this week. (NFL.com)

How big can a Week 2 contest be?

It’s a home opener against a beatable opponent for a team with aspirations of a playoff run but are facing doubts after falling on their faces against one of the AFC’s powers on national TV. Yeah, the team has a lot riding on this one.

Following Monday’s game, we wrote about the importance of not let one loss turn into two, and Dalton echoed those thoughts on Wednesday.

“It’s a big week for us,” Dalton said at his Wednesday press conference. “We’ve got to bounce back. We can’t let the way we played last week affect us going into this week.”

Dalton lamented over missed opportunities in the opening 44-13 loss to the division-rival Baltimore Ravens. The sophomore signal-caller sailed a 3rd-and-9 pass over the outstretched fingertips of Jermaine Gresham Sunday that was intercepted by Ed Reed and taken back to give Baltimore a 34-13 edge after three quarters.

“I can’t throw that interception; I’ve got to make a better throw,” he said. “There’s going to be pressure. I’ve got to stand in there and still make (that throw) … We had a chance to make big plays and we didn’t make them.”

Now with the Cleveland Browns, a perennial cellar-dweller in the AFC North come into town to try and put the Bengals in an 0-2 hole. While Cincinnati has won 12 of its last 15 contests against its in-state rivals, The last four contests have been decided by three, two, 10 and three points (with the most recent three being Bengals victories).

If the Bengals want to get their season on the right track, they’ll need to show more offensive aptitude against a Browns defense that allowed 456 yards but just 17 points to the Eagles in their season opener.

“They do a good job of not letting you hit that big play and letting you make drives,” Dalton said. “But there are chances to make (big plays). You do see on film there’s times when you can do it. When you get a chance, you’ve got to take advantage of it.”

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