The Cincinnati Bengals are at home against one of the tougher teams in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers. The Bengals are viewed as the underdog in this game, but this is going to be a fun game to watch from both angles. This has a chance to be the game of the week, so let us take a look at six aspects to this Sunday game that could very well determine the outcome.
1. Play of Andy Dalton
This was an obvious one as many have already started to question Dalton’s play. While he threw two interceptions against the Chicago Bears, they weren’t his fault, and he had the highest completion percentage out of any quarterback. This was against the Bears defense, one which holds two of the better cornerbacks in the league.
He struggled early against the Pittsburgh Steelers, missing throws he normally makes. However, after the 1st half, Dalton came back and threw 9 completions out of 13 for 115 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers aren’t outstanding, but they came at a crucial time and showed Dalton can be clutch at times. Dalton will have to show that he can win against some of the best quarterbacks in the league in Rodgers, as it is believed this will be a high scoring game. Dalton is 11-0 when the Bengals score 25+ points.
The Bengals need Dalton to step up and be consistent if they want to get over the hump. This is a stepping stone for Dalton.