Despite posting a 12-12 record through the first 24 games of the Andy Dalton – A.J. Green era, the Bengals have yet to defeat a team that has made the playoffs. You have to go back to Week 2 of the 2010 season in the last year of the Carson Palmer-Chad Johnson era, when the Bengals defense suffocated Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco into throwing a career-high four interceptions as the Ravens’ offense crumbled in a 15-10 loss. That was the last time the Bengals were able to defeat a team that eventually made the NFL playoffs. Cincinnati also has a notable losing streak to teams that had a starting quarterback who has laid claim to the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The Bengals are in the midst of a streak that’s seen them have suffer 10 consecutive losses to a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Their last win against one was when they beat Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger in Week 10 in 2009 after they completed a season sweep of Pittsburgh en route to winning their last AFC North crown. The Bengals host the Giants on Sunday, meaning they’ll have a chance to end that streak against two-time and reigning Super Bowl champion Eli Manning. They’ll only get one other opportunity to break that streak when they head to Pittsburgh in Week 16 to face Big-Ben again.
It’s safe to say that the current Bengals team that is relying heavily on their young corp of Dalton, Green, Jermaine Gresham, and Geno Atkins has yet to get a signature win, and they’ll have another opportunity to score one Sunday over a Giants team heavily favored to win the NFC East and make another run at the Super Bowl.