Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) and defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) cause Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (17) to fumble during the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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.