The Cincinnati Bengals had the chance to walk away with wins in their past two games, both of which went to overtime, and both times they walked away with another loss on their record. Now sitting at just 6-4 on the 2013 NFL season, the Bengals are in legitimate danger of squandering their lead in the division and possibly missing out on the playoffs.
Coming into week 11 against Ohio rival the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals face not only a tough matchup, but what you could probably refer to as a must-win situation for Cincy. More than that, though, this game is somewhat of a make-or-break moment for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
I’ve talked many times before about how it’s still hard to trust Dalton as the man under center and how it’s hard to call him a leader or guy who can win games for your team. Sure, he’s had some nice moments and already taken the Bengals to the postseason in his young career, but he’s also been a big part of their struggles over the past two weeks.
In their two overtime losses, Dalton has been abysmal, which I’ve also talked about before. On 104 pass attempts he has just 56 completions, only two touchdown passes and has thrown a total of six interceptions, three in each game. Moreover, he was sacked in the end-zone two weeks ago for a walk-off safety for the Miami Dolphins.
Dalton’s stock is certainly pretty low right now and the doubts are deservedly coming in bunches. If he wants to right the ship for himself and for his team, this is the week to do it. He’s in a rivalry game against a stout defense in a big game for his team. All that remains now is if he will rise to the moment and redeem himself or continue to falter.