QB Andy Dalton: "It’s disappointing. But we won."

QB Andy Dalton Postgame Press Conference vs Buccaneers

Can you describe what was going through your mind after Tampa Bay tied the score?

“We’ve done it before. We had to put a drive together and give ourselves a chance, and that’s what we did. Regardless of what was going on in the second half, we needed to make a play, and we did it. To give (kicker) Randy (Bullock) a chance at the end was huge.”

Are there mixed feelings about the way you won today?

"Obviously we wish we would have played better in the second half and made the game a little easier than having to drive down and kick a field goal with no time left. We had an opportunity to do that, but we didn’t. That is where it’s disappointing. Offensively, we didn’t play the same way we did in the first half and we weren’t getting first downs. We had way too many three-and-out drives, and in that way, it’s disappointing. But we won. To be 5-3 right now is huge.”

Did Tampa Bay make any changes in the second half?

“We just weren’t getting ahead of the chains. All of the three-and-outs, we were in third-and-long situations, and it made it tough. We kept hurting ourselves. It’s tough to be in that situation, especially when you are the one controlling it.”

Did the wind affect the way the team approached third downs?

“No.”

What it is about the end-of-game situations that bring out the best in this offense?

 “I think it’s just one of those things that we want to go down and make the play that is going to win it for us. We have a mentality that we are just going to go do it, and it has worked for us. A.J. (Green) made two big plays on that drive to get us down there to kick the field goal. For him, who gets doubled and there is always a plan to take him away, he stayed with it the whole time and made two critical plays that helped us win.”

How much progress has WR Tyler Boyd made since last season?

“He has played really well. He understands what we are doing. He runs great routes and he is playing with a ton of confidence. When A.J. (Green) is getting doubled — they can’t double everybody — and he (Boyd) has been finding ways to get open. He obviously had a big day today.”

Tampa Bay struggled early covering the slot. Did you notice that and is that how you wanted to use Boyd?

“When you get one-on-ones with him, and with the different things he can do, I feel like we are going to try to get him the ball. He is one of our big playmakers on offense. When A.J. is doubled and he is singled up, we feel very strongly about that match-up.”

Is going for it on fourth down boost your confidence, and what goes through your mind when the head coach says stay on the field?

“It shows he has confidence in what we are doing, and I was glad he did. We have to convert the (first) one (next time), and A.J. made a play on the second one. We have to find a way to convert on the first one, but I am happy (we went for it).”

What are your plans for the bye week?

“Just relax and enjoy the week. That is the biggest thing — getting ready for the second half of the season.”

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