Q&A with Stripe Hype editor Matthew Wilson


Nov 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Bengals defeated the Saints 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

We have a real treat this week as Matthew Wilson from Stripe Hype dropped by for a little Q&A session. You can see his questions and my answers over on their side of Fansided.

Thank you for taking the time to do this Q&A with me. It’s always good to hear from the opposition prior to a match up.

ToroTimes: Cincinnati had to face a tough team in the Saints in New Orleans. Now they have to do that again against the Texans. How does that win help them going into another southern dome city?

Matthew Willson: The Bengals defense really stepped up and played a pressure role against Drew Brees, which is something we hadn’t seen all season. Ryan Mallet has many good qualities that remind me of a solid passing QB like Brees and so replicating the results from last week will be a key in the Bengals success. Luckily, it is not another postseason game!

TT: Andy Dalton hasn’t had a consistent year so far, but last week was a rock solid performance for him, what changed and can he build on that success?

MW: Andy Dalton has yet to have a consistent year in his NFL career. The key for him is time, give Dalton time and he will make intelligent decisions. He usually has issues under pressure, and that is something JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney are known for. He will need to be clean in order for this Bengals offense to succeed in the passing game.

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TT: The Bengals offensive line is a bit banged up with Andre Smith out with an ankle injury. Can the line protect Andy Dalton from J.J. Watt and company?

MW: Andre Smith is a great player but they seemed to struggle more with him in than KevinZeitler. Zeitler is motivated to prove that he can fill Anthony Collins flex role, moving guard from after Collins departed this off season for the Buccaneers. Itwill be key though for Andrew Whitworth, who has been struggling in losses, to keep Dalton clean on the other side of the ball.

TT: The Bengals secondary is going to be tested, how are they against deep passes and who should the Texans worry most about in coverage?

MW: George Iloka and Reggie Nelson are arguably the two best safeties in football. They have great over the top presence and they can not only break up passes but make plays up the middle, Adam Jones has been a big contributor as well to this defense but the safety help will be the key.

TT: The Bengals are due to get revenge against Houston for those two playoff losses at NRG, is this the game it happens?

MW: Luckily for the Bengals, this is a regular season game. It will truly be the tale of two Bengals. If the one we saw last week shows up, there will be no issues for this team to compete and come away victorious. If we get the one from Thursday Night Football, it will be a long game for us all.

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