Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton’s first two years in the NFL have been historically great, as he’s thrown for 7,000 yards and 47 touchdowns while leading the Bengals to consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in 3 decades. But after going 0-2 in his first two playoff appearances, Dalton knows it’s time to take the next step and win in the postseason:
The expectation is to get to the playoffs; that’s how it’s been since I got here. Once you get to the playoffs is when you have to be at your best. These past two years we haven’t been at our best when we’ve played in those games. We’ve got to take that next step. We’ve got to go in with an attitude that we’re going to do whatever it takes to win the game. Hopefully we get that chance this year.
And as far as who will help him accomplish this, he pointed out second-year receiver Mohamed Sanu:
Mo was really coming on. The one thing with Mo is he’s really reliable. He’s got a great feel for the game, he understands what we’re trying to do running routes and different things like that. It was unfortunate for us and it was such a freak thing that happened to him. I know he’s back to 100 percent. Just to know that you’re going to have the guys around that know where they’re going to be … he’s a big part of that. He’s a great guy on the sideline. He’s a vocal guy, gets the guys going. I think we did miss that a little bit once he got hurt, so it’s definitely nice to have him back.