QB Andy Dalton: "It’s tough to lose this way."

QB Andy Dalton speaks with the media following the loss to the Steelers.

On the last drive, were you thinking about the clock?

 “You can look at it now and say we could have taken up more time, but I don’t think teams will think about it in real time. It’s unfortunate we left too much time. Ben’s been good in that situation for years, and we weren’t able to get it done.”

What clicked for the offense on the drive?

“We just made the plays. A.J. Green had a big play. A couple of guys made some big catches. Tyler Boyd made a few. At the end of the day, guys were able to make plays, and we were able to punch it in when we got down there.”

Despite all the drops earlier in the game, you kept feeding the receivers. What is your thought process behind that?

“You keep putting it where you need to. It was wet out there, but you can’t make that an excuse. Our guys know they have to make the play. We responded well. As the game went on, we didn’t have that issue.”

Does the loss sting more because it’s Pittsburgh?

 “It stings only because it’s in the division. It could have been anybody out there. ... We had a chance to take another step up. It’s tough to lose this way, though.”

Is this the most confidence you’ve had in an offense in your career?

“We feel really good about what we’ve been able to do. When we need plays, we go out and get it done. We just left some out there today.”

Tyler Boyd continues to impress. What does he do for the offense?

 “He’s been great all year. You have A.J. on the other side, getting a lot of attention. Now Tyler gets a lot of attention too now. But he’s still making plays. It’s been great for him, he’s playing with a lot of confidence.” 

You had to throw the ball a lot. Was Pittsburgh forcing that, by focusing on stopping the run?

“I think it’s more how we went into it. There’s’ different looks that you’re given. It’s the way things were getting called.”

What do you think of the way C.J. Uzomah has played?

“He’s been great. Ever since he’s been here, C.J. has been solid and does everything you ask him to do. He’s done a great job and is a really good player.”

Does the offense miss being able to line up multiple tight ends?

“Injuries are part of the game. It’s unfortunate they’ve come at a physically demanding position. We are down a few tight ends, but yeah, that was a good package for us. We just have to adapt and adjust.”

Did you notice how many players on defense were hurt in the second half?

 “That’s why you have depth on the team. We had several starters out at the same time. You never want that to be the case, but it was.”

How do you get this Pittsburgh losing streak out of the team’s head?

 “Every year is different. This is just one game we lost to the Steelers this year.”

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