Week in Review: Cincinnati Bengals: Week 13 Grades and Analysis

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Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is brought down by San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget (94, right) and outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (95) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports


The Cincinnati Bengals beat the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Going to the west coast is never easy, but the fact that they were facing a team with much more potential than their record suggests made the win much more impressive. The Bengals moved to 7-5 on the season and kept themselves in the wild-card picture in doing so.

Like the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati is winning when it counts the most. All they need to do is keep winning, and wait for a mistake or two to be at the top of things.

They might control their own destiny if they can get to Heinz Field unscathed against the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. If that’s the case, the final AFC wild-card could be in the balance of the two rivals. That could easily be a contest that comes down to the final possession, as both teams have gotten hot the last few weeks.

For now, Bengals fans should be content with a win to keep up with the division opponent. And all we can hope is that the team can take care of the things in their control the next two weeks. If they don’t, it might not matter what the Bengals do against the Steelers.

One thing we can do is take a glimpse of what the Bengals can improve on. They won the away game against San Diego, which is exactly what they needed.

However, the win was not a dominant one, as the previous four games have been. The offense struggled at times, and there was more than one play that Cincinnati would have liked to have had back.

As always, the game usually depends on four categories of a team’s performance. Offense, defense, special teams, and coaching. Let’s take a look at the weekly grades for each.

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