QB Andy Dalton: "We obviously didn’t play well today.”

QB Andy Dalton addresses the media following the loss against New Orleans in week 10.

Andy, can you put your finger on the level of frustration after looking up and seeing the other team scoring 51 points?

“Yeah, I mean it’s very frustrating, but we all had a hand in it and we obviously didn’t play well today.”

On the offense, does it feel like you have to outscore teams with the way things have been going during these games?

“We go out there to score every time we have the ball. This game was just tough. We hurt ourselves. With the second drive we have, we’re going to go for it on the fourth down and jump off-sides. We hurt ourselves. You look back and we’re going to try to see what we can do better. We have to be better. Regardless of what they were doing offensively, we have to score.”

Obviously, you’re a leader in this locker room. How do you make sure 1-3 in the last four games doesn’t snowball into something bigger?

“It’s one game right now. We can’t let this affect our next one. So, as we start to move on, we’ve got to figure out where we need to play better and everybody’s got to challenge themselves, on Sundays, to play their best. If we do that, we’ll move on quickly.”

With the first series, things were obviously clicking really well right down the field. Going forward, the game changed a lot. Was it challenging without A.J. Green or do you think this offense can do what it needs to do without him?

“We definitely feel like we can still do things without A.J. (Green). Obviously, we want him out there but we’ve got guys that can win. We’ve got to just go out there and do it.”

This team has struggled against teams like the Chiefs, like the Saints who are viewed as some of the best teams in the NFL. I know you guys want to get there, does it feel like you’re a long ways from that when you have an offense like this?

“No. I mean, for us, it’s unfortunate we played the way we did against those two teams. I mean we’re still in a good spot. We’ve just got to focus up and find a way to win next week. I think that’s what it comes down to. There’s still so much in front of us, so much ahead of us that we can achieve and we’ve just got to put the work in.”

Andy, you’ve talked about when you face a Hall-of-Famer like Drew Brees and when you’re on the side watching him, it couldn’t have been very pleasant to watch what he was doing today. What was it like for you not being able to get back on the field because they were converting all the time?

“Yeah, it’s tough. Drew (Brees) is so good. Like you said, he’s going to be in the Hall of Fame. He’s one of the best players in his position and it’s what he can do. He can keep drives going and keep drives alive. It’s what they did and they kept scoring touchdowns.”

What was the big difference between matching them on your opening drive and not being able to get in the end zone again until late?

“Negative plays hurt us. For us, we’ve got to keep trying to gain yards, keep trying to stay out of the three-and-out situations. We’ve got to get better on the third down. Obviously, we didn’t convert well on third-down, but if you do that, you give yourself a chance. We didn’t give ourselves a chance today.”

What do you think went wrong for the offense today? You started out with a great drive and it just kind of sputtered after that ...

“I think the negative plays hurt us — not scoring early, obviously we scored on the first drive, but not putting another drive together. They got points and we got behind. You can’t get in those situations against a team like this.”

With the fourth-and-one, it’s a tough play when it’s a false start ...

“That’s tough. You can’t have that happen. I think everybody understands that. We convert there, it could be a different game, but that’s just one play that we’ll go back and look at and see that we have to have it fixed.”

The other fourth down pass to John Ross, what happened? It didn’t look like it was that far away from him, it looked like he didn’t see the ball ...

“I’m going to have to look at it. I think, for me, I can give him a better shot to get it.”

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