Most people expected this NFL season to be dominated by one team, and that was the New England Patriots, and it has been.
But, another team that has been steamrolling its way through the pack is the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals are off to a terrific 5-0 start, the first with Andy Dalton as quarterback and the franchise's first since 1988. A 5-0 start usually has a lot of players hyped up and ready to go but, ask anyone in the Bengals locker room and they say it means nothing.
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Oh, it means something alright, the last time the Bengals started 5-0, they went to the Super Bowl. With a weak AFC other than the Patriots, there might not be anyone who will stop them.
I predicted at the start of the season in my complete predictions that this would be Andy Dalton's break out season. Now, I wouldn't like to say I told you so but, I told you so.
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Dalton has been on fire to start, throwing for 1,518 yards, 11 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions, good enough for an 83.7 QBR.
There's only one QB left this year without an interception. His name? Tom Brady. Dalton's 0-4 record in January will leave some doubters, as every player has but, with this strong start and the team he has around him he might be able to finally get in the win column when it matters most.
Down 17 in the fourth quarter to the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks, who are off to a slow start this season (2-3) the Bengals came storming back to tie the game, force overtime and eventually win the game with a 42-yard field goal by Mike Nugent in overtime.
Dalton was 30-44 for 331 yards and 2 TD's, one in the fourth quarter. The Bengals don't play the Patriots in the regular season, but don't be surprised if they face off in January.
For Cincinnati to be successful, Andy Dalton needs to continue to do what he does, throw touchdowns. A.J Green needs to become a duel threat.
Obviously, he needs to catch passes and be a reliable 100 catches a year guy but, he also needs to be able to draw defenders, and free up other receivers and running backs like Mohammed Sanu and Jeremy Hill in the flat for first downs.
We'll see if the Bengals can continue this hot start but, all signs are definitely pointing in the right direction.
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