Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Gio Bernard (25) yells at a referee after being tackled by his face mask 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
With three weeks remaining in the Regular season, the Bengals have all but sealed the division and a third-straight visit to the playoffs. Over the past two weeks, Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense have been key in their successes after the bye week. Dalton has thrown for 4 touchdowns and only has 1 interception in the past two games.
He has passed for 465 yards and a completion percentage of 65.5 % over those same games. The running game has added 319 yards in those same games to add to the complete offensive picture. Overall, this offense has been more effective in the past 2 games than most of the season. They are definitely showing up at the right time.
The Bengals defense has been more than effective and although the numbers in sacks and tackles for loss haven’t been as high, the points allowed and rushing yards allowed have been at a season low. In a pass first league low rushing yards are not the worst thing in the world, but if you lack the ability for balance, the passing game has a lower percentage of being effective.