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I know it stings...note Daltons comments. Then think On Ponders comments, one knows he's good enough and improving, while the other is still saying how he has to work on improving. just saying....I only post this because many use the two while comparing.



CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andy Dalton fit a sideline throw between two defenders, dropping it just over the one in front for a completion. He made a pump-fake and hit A.J. Green for a 45-yard touchdown. Virtually everything he did was right on the mark in the Cincinnati Bengals' season opener, an impressive showing that got overlooked in how it ended. The third-year quarterback completed a career-best 78.7 percent of his passes during a 24-21 loss at Chicago on Sunday, one that came down to turnovers and defensive gaffes. Dalton was 26 of 33 for 282 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, one of which went off Green's hands. It was as flawless a game as Dalton has played in the NFL. ''He threw the ball well,'' offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. ''He had a great game. This was one of his better games here. There's still room for improvement.'' If Dalton plays near the level he did in the opener, the Bengals (0-1) will have a good chance of reaching the playoffs for the third season in a row, something that's never happened in franchise history. Dalton completed passes to seven different players, including rookie tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard, blending the newcomers into a more diversified approach. ''I think we've just gotten better as a team, I think that's a big part of it,'' Dalton said. ''I feel like I've improved, I feel like the offense has improved and (we're) finding ways to keep getting completions and moving the chains. I think that's a big part of it.



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