ESPN pegged the Bengals at 8 as well, and I haven’t heat number 8 mentioned with Cincinnati this much since Jordan Palmer suited-up for the club.
For the third straight game, the Bengals finished with a negative offensive expected points added. Andy Dalton finished with 93 passing yards Sunday, and somehow Cincy scored 41 points.
As for the sits who didn’t 8-;ball the Bengals, NFL.com had them ranked further down at No. 9:
The Bengals came through in a must-win matchup with the Browns. The play of Andy Dalton remains at center stage, however, and he was no great shakes Sunday, despite throwing three touchdown passes. The pick-six he served on a platter to Joe Haden was ugly. Of course, they say winning cures everything, and Cincinnati is in the driver’s seat in the AFC North. Still, it’s hard to look past the quarterback.