Oct 11, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
How many people gave the Bengals even a remote shot when the third quarter ended 24 to 7? My guess, is almost nobody. The 2014 Bengals would’ve folded at this point of the game, but this year’s team showed amazing resilience. Andy Dalton made sure that the game didn’t end until the clock ran out. He put the Bengals on his shoulders and pulled off a comeback no one could’ve ever expected. Many people would take his line in both a win and a loss–30 completions for 352 yards, 2 touchdowns, and one interception. That doesn’t even account for his rushing touchdown he got late in the fourth quarter to pull the Bengals within a field goal.
Andy Dalton personified what every Bengals fan has been begging for him to be in the first four years of his career. He is a leader, a warrior, and now 5-0 for the first time since 1988. If he can keep the Bengals going, they have a chance to reach 6-0, which would tie the franchise record for longest winning streak to open a season, attained both in 1988 and 1975.
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