If you’re not familiar with Skelton, you need only go back to Week 16 of the 2011 season. With the Bengals’ slim playoff hopes on the line, Cincinnati faced-off against Skelton’s Cardinals, and built a 23-0 lead entering the 4th-quarter
Skelton would then throw a pair of touchdowns; one a 30-yarder to Larry Fitzgerald, then a 2-yarder to Jeff King to cut the lead to 23-13 after a failed 2-point conversion. After Jay Feely kicked a 29-yard field goal to cut the lead to a mere 23-16. Cedric Benson would have a costly fumble to give Arizona the ball at the Cincinnati 22-yard line. On 4th-and-5, Skelton dropped back and fired to a wide open Early Doucet in the endzone, but Doucet tripped and fell, and the pass went incomplete as Skelton’s miracle comeback-attempt fell short, and the Bengals eventually went to the playoffs.
Skelton recalled the game in a conference call Wednesday after being signed by the Bengals:
I remember it was probably the worst first half a quarterback could have, followed by a pretty decent second half. But too little, too late. That was kind of my M.O., and the Cardinals’ M.O., really – digging ourselves a hole and either finding a way to get out or not doing enough to get out and end up losing the game. The atmosphere was great there in Cincinnati; they needed to win to keep their playoff chances alive. I’m excited to play in front of that home crowd and be a part of Cincinnati.
The Bengals may have gotten a nice value for Skelton, given the numbers he has put up in three years may not reflect his full abilities. After all, to play quarterback, having an offensive line can come in handy.
John Skelton, welcome to the Queen City.