Sure, it wasn’t the most beautiful performance for the Bengals last night, but a win is a win, and now the Bengals are in the catbird’s seat for the 6th seed, and still have a shot at the division crown. A loss Sunday, and the Steelers have a very hard time making the playoffs, because Cincy will be up by a game. This brings me to my next point: should the Steelers lose Sunday, the Bengal game is a must-win, because if our beloved Bengals win that game, we lock a playoff berth. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. Pittsburgh still actually has to play the game, but losing to Dallas gives the Bengals the perfect opportunity to get the 6th seed.
Last night was ugly for the Bengals, but it also showed that the team can play through adversity. Andy Dalton showed flashes of elusiveness, especially on the 11-yard touchdown scramble. Yeah, yeah, he was elusive, but he wouldn’t have needed to if the offensive line could actually protect him. Dalton was sacked a career-high seven (!) times last night and was stripped twice.