Over the last three seasons the Cincinnati Bengals have the same amount of playoff victories as the Cleveland Browns. However, in that time the Bengals have made the playoffs three years in a row with a sparkling 30-18 regular season record, while the Browns’ regular season record is 13-35 since 2010. Furthermore, Cincinnati hasn’t lived up their lofty expectations and the Bengals are wasting the surplus of talent on their roster.
First and foremost, Andy Dalton turns into a high school quarterback each and every time the playoffs hit. In the second half of Sunday’s game, the Bengals quarterback had more completions to the San Diego Chargers (2) then he had to A.J. Green (1). Now that is a statistic likely to make a stout Bengals fan cry. How in the world does something like that happen? Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and the quarterback are obvious parties to blame, but Green doesn’t exactly deserve a free pass here.
Besides, this isn’t the first time Green has disappeared in the bright lights. In three career playoff games, the Bengals wide receiver has posted a grand total of 13 catches, 161 yards and zero touchdowns. Heck, T.Y. Hilton nearly doubled those numbers in his first playoff start and he’s half the wideout Green is! So while Dalton deserves a bulk of the blame in Cincy, let’s not forget about how the team’s top wide receiver has fell flat on his face three straight years.