The Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the best teams in the regular season under Marvin Lewis. They’ve won three AFC North titles and are on the verge of their fourth in a ten-year span. Andy Dalton has truly become the Bengals franchise quarterback and he along with A.J. Green have become one of the best quarterback/receiver tandems in all of football. The Bengals got off to their best start in franchise history when starting 8-0. Since then, they’ve gone 2-3 in their last five games including a loss yesterday at home to the Steelers. They lost the game and lost Andy Dalton with a fractured thumb.
Andy Dalton is a very important piece to this Bengals offense and I’ve seen him make some big time improvements in his game this season. He spreads the football all around to each receiver and his two running backs out the backfield. Early on, he had one read primarily and that was number 18 down the field and in the red zone. Now, he can get in sync with his other receivers such as Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu and tight end Tyler Eifert who’s become his second option behind Green. He’s shown a lot of mental toughness this year and after throwing interceptions, I’ve seen him be more vocal on the sideline and he’s seeing what he did wrong and how he can improve. It’s the little things you can do to add to your game. He’s having the best year of his young career. He’s thrown 25 touchdown passes and only six interceptions.
I know that Dalton hasn’t led the Bengals to a playoff win since entering the league in 2011 but if you really break it down, the Bengals have a much better shot with number 14 under center and not A.J. McCarron, no disrespect.