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Andy Dalton hints at preferential treatment for Andrew Luck from officials

Bengals Wire logo Bengals Wire 9/10/2018 Chris Roling

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While some focused on the odd pair of flags thrown at Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap while hitting Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton and others focused on a lack of calls elsewhere.

The Bengals left Indianapolis 1-0 after rattling off 24 second-half points to down the Colts, but before hitting the buses, Dalton himself had some notable comments for reporters:

But he was quite serious when he said he got hit a few times in the head and was upset it wasn't called. When someone observed he didn't get the protection Luck got since the Bengals were called three times for roughing Luck, Dalton said, "I felt the same way," after he uncharacteristically went nuts on two officials after an early third-down pass got knocked down.

"To get hit in the head when they're supposed to be looking at me," Dalton said with a shake of his head.

He wasn't alone in this thought process:

It's not often you'll see Dalton get in an official's face, but he did a few times Sunday. He took a few hits to the head that went uncalled, and while that is going to happen, it had to be frustrating to watch the other quarterback get multiple flags thrown because guys landed on top of him.

Dalton and the Bengals will put this behind them quickly as they prep for Thursday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, but it's an important note to remember.

On a day the entire league didn't take many breaks between odd flags, it is a few that didn't get thrown that have Dalton and the Bengals fuming.

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