Fresh off of their bye week, the Cincinnati Bengals are ready for the final part of the 2013 regular season schedule, which is arguably their toughest five-game stretch of the season.
When they travel to San Diego this Sunday, the Bengals, whom most experts have ranked as a top-10 club, will be taking on a Chargers team that has risen up the rankings with their win over the KAnsas City Chiefs this past week.
ESPN has Cincinnati ranked at No. 8, and they’ll face a Chargers team this week who jumped up from 18th to 15th. If they beat the Chargers on the road, the Bengals could possibly crack the top-5 in next week’s Power Rankings.
But if they do, Andy Dalton will have to start playing better, as ESPN painfully described his enigmatic play:
Cincinnati isn’t winning because of Andy Dalton. His 50.1 Total QBR is the worst among division-leading quarterbacks, eight points worse than Tom Brady.
Frank Schwab of the Shutdown Corner has the Bengals at No. 8 and believes their neck-and-neck with the New England Patriots for the No 2 seed in the AFC.