Andy Dalton is the Key to Success for Cincinnati Bengals

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias
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Coming off a Super Bowl victory, the Baltimore Ravens are primed for another run. Unfortunately for the Ravens, injuries have piled up and nobody knows if the Ravens can overcome. With a dark cloud hanging over Baltimore, a bright red light has emerged as a legit threat in the AFC North.

The Cincinnati Bengals have a high hopes for 2013, and it all begins with Andy Dalton. Picked 35th out of TCU, Dalton has impressed the entire league. Coming into the NFL, Dalton didn’t have many expectations, but now things are different.

With the emergence of A.J. Green, the Bengals boast one of the best young tandems in the NFL.  Throw in Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert, and Giovani Bernard, and the Bengals look scary.

However, all the pressure is on Dalton. He must shake the bad playoff games he’s had and continue to get better. He doesn’t have the best arm or the most accurate arm, but he is a winner. If the Bengals want to go farther in the playoffs, Dalton must play on a more consistent basis.

This year could make or break Dalton. Going to two playoff games in your first two seasons is a great accomplishment. However, he must do more than first round exits. With the weapons he has around him and the overachieving defense he is lucky to have, 2013 is a big year.

I believe Andy Dalton will have a career year. He has improved every season so far and the Bengals have the talent to compete with any team in the NFL. Their 2013 campaign starts off against the Chicago Bears Sunday, September 8. Then they must face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.

It is imperative that Dalton play well or else the season may be lost in the first month. With Marvin Lewis at his side, expect Dalton to be just fine.

Nugesse Ghebrendrias is a Sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @NugasayWhat24, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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