Bengals Banter: Dalton Ready for Next Step. Sanu Will be Key to That

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Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) attempts a pass during the third quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


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.



Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) runs after a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 28-6. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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