As far as homecomings go, it could have gone better for Andy Dalton.
The TCU graduate and his Cincinnati Bengals were humbled 28-14 by the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
The Bengals, a playoff team for the past five seasons, fell to 2-3. Dalton had a solid day statistically, but the scoreboard is what matters most to the former Horned Frog.
“Anytime you lose, you’re going to look in the mirror,” he said. “You’re going to look at the film and see what you can do better and you’ve got to move on from it.
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We’re 2-3 right now. We’ve got to find a way to get to 3-3 next week.”
The New England Patriots on the road are next.
Falling behind 21-0 in the first half largely took Cincinnati out of its game plan. The Cowboys were able to take away the deep ball threat, especially A.J. Green, and go after Dalton.
“They got us in longer situations on third down and weren’t able to keep moving the ball,” said Dalton, who was sacked four times. “This is a team that’s really sound at the defenses that they play and took some things away, and we weren’t able to overcome that until later in the game.”
Dalton continuously checked down on his pass selections and completed 29 of 41 for 269 yards, with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to Brandon LaFell.
Dalton also took notice of Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who has led the Cowboys to a 4-1 start.
“He’s played well this whole season,” Dalton said. “He makes plays when he needs to, he gets the ball to his guys and doesn’t turn the ball over.”
Pacman, Jerry bond
Jerry Jones and Bengals cornerback Adam Jones continue to have a special bond. The two shared some time together during a pregame interview on the Cowboys’ radio network.
The Cowboys owner/general manager is proud of the progress “Pacman” has made on and off the field since his one season with Dallas in 2008.
“He has a bright light inside him, burning in him big,” Jerry Jones said. “He’s one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met in the NFL.”
Adam Jones is appreciative of the advice Jerry Jones imparted, even if it didn’t sink in years ago.
“I didn’t understand what he was telling me when I was here, but I sure understand the big picture afterward,” Adam Jones said.