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Andy Dalton named AFC Offensive Player of the Week


Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) runs the ball down field during the second half of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat Indianapolis Colts 42-28 Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Dalton has won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week Award for his performance on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts:

He shredded the  Colts for 275 yards on 24 of 35 passing and threw three touchdowns with no interceptions. His 120 QB rating was the third-highest of the season, and it was the first time hes’ broken the 100 mark in the past six weeks.

It was also the first December game in which Dalton started and finished the game with a 100 QB rating (Not counting Week 17 vs. Ravens last year). And when he throws for three or more touchdowns in a game, Cincinnati is 10-1.

This is the Dalton that can lead the Bengals to a Super Bowl. His biggest problem has been his streak-play often has him play at this level for 2-3 weeks, followed by 2-3 weeks of poor performances that costs the Bengals a win or two.

If Dalton can continue playing at this level, Cincinnati will not only clinch the AFC North, but could also earn a first-round bye for the first time since their last Super Bowl season in 1988-89.

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