Bengals Banter: Defense Reigns; Dalton Soars; AP Falls

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

One would think the Cincinnati Bengals would be happy to have clinched the AFC North, but when your goals lie deep in the playoffs, a division title doesn’t compare to holding the Lombardi Trophy:

"“This team didn’t set out to make the playoffs. We set out to try and go to the Super Bowl and that goal hasn’t been reached yet. We still have a ways to go,” Andrew Whitworth said. “No champagne yet,” Adam Jones said “We want to be the one or two seed.” The pressure is mounting with the playoffs nearing, but these Bengals looked like they didn’t have a worry in the world Sunday as they dominated the Vikings to clinch the AFC North: “This is the most relaxed we’ve been at this point in the season,” Whitworth said. “I really think this team is mature to the point that it realizes that last week was exactly what it was: a crazy first quarter. We know what we are and how good we are and if we play like this we’re a tough team to beat.”"