Given their sub-.500 finish of 2016, their first following five consecutive postseason berths, the last thing Cincinnati anticipated in its opener was Dalton struggling so mightily in defeat.
“It happened,” Dalton said. “Not the start that we wanted to have but for us, our mindset is we have 15 more. There’s a long season ahead of us, and so we’re pushing to do whatever we can to get a win this week on Thursday.”
Said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis: “I’m very confident that Andy will (bounce back). That’s uncharacteristic … to his play. We need him to play better and I expect him to play better as we move forward.”
The Jets played down to expectations, as their many offensive blemishes came to the surface in a 21-12 season-opening loss to the Bills.
One of the few teams to use starters was the Jets, who got a scare when veteran quarterback Josh McCown briefly left Thursday’s game against the Eagles. McCown was out just one play and finished the night 6 of 8 for 57 yards against an Eagles defense full of players fighting for a roster spot. Jets coach Todd Bowles downplayed the decision to play in Week 1 starter despite the injury scare.
“Whether he goes down in the first game of the regular season on three plays or he goes down now, it’s football,” Bowles told the CBS broadcast. “You don’t play to get hurt. You play to play.”
Chiefs starter Alex Smith did not see the field on Thursday as rookie Patrick Mahomes Cheap Jerseys China NHL played the entire first half of Thursday’s 30-6 win over the Titans. The first-round pick from Texas Tech was 9 of 16 for 183 yards and a touchdown against the Titans and displayed his superb arm strength Cheap Jerseys Custom on a 46-yard pass to Demarcus Robinson.