This season holds a lot of promise for the young Bengals. No one should benefit more from a full off season of workouts than Andy Dalton. With the pass being featured in the West Coast offense, the records should fall. The excitement won’t be just with the offense though. The defense should have some new records themselves. Here is a breakdown of the current records that I feel will be broken.
Passing yards in a season – 4131 by Carson Palmer in 2007
This will be a pass heavy offense, and with the back by committee approach the running game will put up minimal numbers. The problem will be #2 wide receiver, but the coaches have a lot of confidence that Green, Gresham, Shipley and Orson Charles should be able to carry the load until the #2 breaks out.
Passer Rating – Carson Palmer’s 101.1 in 2005
There will be numerous short controlled passes, and Dalton is cautious with the ball. Yes he threw 3 picks in the playoff game, but JJ Watts had a phenomenal play and one was desperation. He’ll get the record.
Passing TD’s – tie Between Boomer Esiason and Carson with 32 TDs
He had 20 touchdown passes last year, so 13 more don’t seem out of reach. All passers in the NFL have benefitted from the rule changes. The players don’t develop alligator arms as often now since spearheading has been banned. Tom Brady and Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s 1984 record for most touchdowns in the season, so Dalton getting 33 td’s is like a QB from the 80’s throwing 20td’s.