The Cincinnati Bengals are sitting at a 5-5 record. However, the once-difficult schedule now shows four straight teams below .500 ahead of them. They have won two straight games by a margin of 59-19, and are looking to defeat their former quarterback come tomorrow afternoon. In the wake of Carson Palmer’s return, I present to you five reasons why the Bengals will make the playoffs this year.
Reason #1: Andy Dalton
The “Red Rifle” has finally found his sophomore stride. In the last two games, he has thrown six touchdown passes in comparison with no interceptions. That’s a stat that stands out after he threw at least one interception in every other game this season.
Even more, he had a renewed accuracy. Dalton is staying behind his protection longer, letting plays develop, and is finding the open man. Look for him to continue finding his targets in the secondary, and to maintain a higher yards-per-play statistic.
Reason #2: A.J. Green
As an announcer said last game, “Maybe they should change the red zone to the green zone.” Because A.J. has certainly been productive in that area of the field.
He leads the NFL in touchdown receptions and has managed at least one in nine straight games. Green leads his team with 911 yards on another team-leading 64 catches. Throw him the deep ball, give him the jet-sweep, or hit him on a quick slant- The guy can do pretty much everything. He continues to be efficient under the watch of double-coverage and adds his dangerous abilities in space and after the catch.