2013 NFL Season Grades: Cincinnati Bengals Offense

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With the offseason here and a chance to look back and digest the season, let’s take one last look back at the Cincinnati Bengals 2013 season and grade their performance before moving on to the offseason.

Here are my grades for the Bengals offense:

Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes in the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback: B

Many will think this is too high of a grade for Dalton, but that sentiment is mainly based off his poor performance in the playoff game. While his playoff debacle has to come into play with the grade, his overall year cannot be overlooked.

As frustrated as Bengals fans were with Dalton this year, he did set the franchise record for touchdowns (33) and yards (4,296) and, regardless of how you feel about him, that is impressive.

Along with the franchise record for touchdowns and yards, Dalton also set personal records for rating (88.8), QBR (58.8) and YPA (7.33) and for the third year in a row, improved his win total (11) and division standing (1st).

If not for another playoff disaster and career high 20 interceptions, Dalton would have earned an “A” or “A+”.

Instead, he settles for a “B”… and a lot of fan concern going forward.

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