If the Cincinnati Bengals want to end the longest playoff-win drought in the NFL this year, the quarterback of this team has to up his game over final five games of the season. They need the Andy Dalton who won the AFC Offensive Player of the Month in October. Over the past three weeks, they’ve gotten he QB who looked like the stage was too big for him in each of his two playoff appearances. He threw six interceptions as the Bengals suffered overtime losses in two games against the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens, two team who would be called average, at best.
One thing is for sure though, and that is Dalton is not losing confidence in himself as he enters arguably the biggest 5-game stretch of his NFL career:
“I’m confident as ever,” Dalton told ESPN.com’s Coley Harvey Tuesday. “You have to have confidence. For us, as a team, we feel like we’re in control of everything and that’s where we want to be at this point.”
I’m a lot better than I was the last two years. There’s some things that I’ve done this year that I didn’t do the last couple of years. For me, I’ve got to keep improving and keep trying to get better.
Some of the stuff that I’ve been doing are things that I wanted to work on and things that I wanted to improve on. We’re in a good spot right now.”
The team is on it’s bye and Dalton has time to reset and study his mistakes and try to not make them as often as he has during the past three games, which includes a combined nine turnovers.