In most NFL games, the better quarterback/offensive coordinator combination wins out.
This past Sunday in Cincinnati, that wasn’t Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has taken a lot of flak from his fan base this season for poor performance, but a review of the coaches’ film shows that he was efficient and effective in their 13-6 win over the Patriots, and that offensive coordinator Jay Gruden deserves a lot of the credit.
Gruden’s game plan was simple: Minimize Dalton’s impact, and give him as many high-percentage throws as possible.
Brady and McDaniels, meanwhile, couldn’t figure out how to get the ball in the red zone, let alone the end zone, and Brady was out of rhythm with his receivers for much of the game. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.