Bengals: 5 Must-Win Games After the Bye

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Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws a pass in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

4. Week 11: at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday 11/22 at 4:05PM EST

Cincinnati’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals could be one of the most exciting games all season long. First of all, it’s a rematch with Carson Palmer for only the second regular season game since Palmer left Cincinnati after the 2010 season. In the Bengals’ lone rematch with Palmer, Cincinnati trounced the Oakland Raiders, 34-10 back in 2012.

Palmer is 75-75-0 in his career, winning only half of his games, while Dalton is 46-23-1, winning two-thirds of all games that ended in a victory or defeat. Dalton’s 87.8 career passer rating is better than Palmer’s 87.3, his TD and INT percentages are superior to Palmer’s respective percentages and he already has as exactly as many wins as a Bengal in just five seasons (46) as Palmer had in his seven-year tenure in the Queen City.


In addition to a rematch with Palmer, this game will also be the first time that the Bengals see Jermaine Gresham since he left for Arizona in free agency. Gresham hasn’t done much for Arizona in his limited on-field action, but Bruce Arians could try to find a way to set up a couple plays for the former Bengal.

In addition to the rematches with former Bengals (Frostee Rucker, too), this could prove to be a difficult matchup for the Bengals. The Cardinals are almost just as deep as the Bengals, they’re an extremely well-coached team and they have one of the only other pick-your-poison offenses in the NFL.

This matchup will be exciting, but it’s still scary. I can’t wait to see it in person.

Next: Week 16: at Denver Broncos