Football

New & Improved Andy Dalton Shows Clutch Side with Seahawks Victory

New & Improved Andy Dalton Shows Clutch Side with Seahawks Victory

new improved andy dalton nfl 2015 imagesMike Nugent’s 42-yard field goal nails the upright and bounces in between them. Just like that, the Cincinnati Bengals were 5-0. That’s right—the Cincinnati Bengals, led by red-headed wonder Andy Dalton, are undefeated.

As one of Dalton’s biggest critics over the years, I have to say, I’m extremely impressed. Dalton led the Bengals back from a 24-7 fourth quarter deficit to tie up the game and eventually win it in extra time.

The Bengals have their first statement win of the year, and Dalton is easily the biggest reason why. His 331 yards through the air, two touchdowns to tight end Tyler Eifert, and five-yard TD scramble was enough to lift the team over the Super Bowl XLVIII and 2014 NFC Champs.

Dalton isn’t just winning on the field, however, he is also turning into the leader that this team and this offense needs in practice and around the facilities in general.

“Right when you clear the defender, look back. There will be a hole, and I’ll have a chance to dot you,” said Marvin Jones, recalling Dalton’s explicit advice earlier in the week which turned into a 44-yard completion on the opening drive. “That’s a play that we obviously practiced, and it was open and it worked out.”

I guess all the jokes at his expense caused Dalton to really buckle down. And a win like this is more than enough to slingshot the Bengals into Super Bowl talk around the water cooler.

“It’s huge. We played a really good team,” said Dalton after orchestrating the game-winning drive in OT. “This was a big game, because we were facing a good team.”

The Seattle Seahawks may be sitting on a 2-3 record right now, but that doesn’t mean much moving forward. Let’s not forget this team was 3-3 around this time last season.

The Bengals schedule doesn’t exactly get easier moving forward from here, but with matchups against division-rivals Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns coming up over the next three weeks, Cincinnati can really separate themselves from the pack in the AFC North at the halfway point of the season with a couple more big wins.

“We don’t flinch, man,” said A.J. Green. “That’s our motto: Don’t flinch.”

Click to add a comment
Football
@chrismaurice18

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in Football

Fan Envy of the New England Patriots 2017 images

Fan Envy of the New England Patriots

Shane MclendonJanuary 23, 2017
super bowl 51 tom bradys patriots vs matt ryans falcons 2017 images

Super Bowl 51: Tom Brady’s Patriots vs Matt Ryan’s Falcons

Jackie WarnerJanuary 22, 2017
tom brady takes patriots to super bowl 51 36 17 2017 images

Tom Brady takes Patriots to Super Bowl 51 36-17

Luka AlarioJanuary 22, 2017
falcons take over packers 44 21 now ready for patriots 2017 images

Falcons take over Packers 44-21, now ready for Patriots

Luka AlarioJanuary 22, 2017
nfl wants chargers to stay in san diego 2017 images

NFL wants Chargers to stay in San Diego

Chris MauriceJanuary 21, 2017
NFL Playoffs when kickers really matter 2017 images

NFL Playoffs: When kickers really matter

Luka AlarioJanuary 21, 2017
nfl final 4 qbs health final road to super bowl 51 2017 images

NFL Final 4 QBs health is final road to Super Bowl 51

MTTG StaffJanuary 21, 2017
atlanta falcons earn their way into patriots steelers and packers territory 2017 images

Atlanta Falcons earn their way into Patriots, Steelers and Packers territory

MTTG StaffJanuary 21, 2017
Atlanta Falcons main advantages over Green Bay 2017 images

Atlanta Falcons main advantages over Green Bay

Shane MclendonJanuary 21, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription