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Roundtable: Time for these Bengals to Step-Up

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Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches a pass for a touchdown while being defended by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Marcum

If the Bengals are going to win in the playoffs against the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or any elite quarterback, they’re going to need Kirkpatrick to step-up in that nickle-cornerback role and not be a liability on passing downs like he’s been in past. He’s slowly improved his play as the season’s progressed, but the Bengals have really faced a dynamic passing offense since losing Leon Hall, so Kirkpatrick hasn’t been tested throughout a game yet.

That will change this weekend against the San Diego Chargers, who love to throw the ball to a number of receivers. Whether it’s Vincent Brown, Keenan Allen or Eddie Royal, Kirkpatrick is going to be targeted a lot this weekend, and now is the time he needs to step-up his game and play like a first-round pick.

Sean McMahon

Honestly, it has to be Andy Dalton. He has played well in numerous key situations, but he has to be more consistent if the Bengals intend to go far into the playoffs. The thing about Dalton isn’t that he is a bad QB, because he isn’t. It’s that he shows great flashes one week and the next seems so out of sorts. If Dalton can play well consistently, the Bengals are on pace not only to win the AFC North, but possibly get a bye week.

Joe Johnson

Andy Dalton needs to improve.  Well, he needs to go back to what he was doing as AFC Offensive Player of the Month. If he does that and stops with the bad throws,  this team has shown that it can be unstoppable. Dalton is in a slump right now, and if he gets hot at the right time…….

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