Bengals’ Super Bowl LII Blueprint Starts Now

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Dec 4, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) makes a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) makes a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bengals' Super Bowl LII Blueprint Starts Now
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The Reloading Of The Rifle

Andy Dalton can lead this team to the Super Bowl. Okay, I said it. AJ McCarron has quickly become a fan darling but this is Dalton’s team. Brown has seen fit to pay the man a king’s ransom to get the job done. He can do it. 

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The problem is simple: he needs help. It’s not rocket science to figure out when Green went down the offense suffered. But, that’s something that also worked to Dalton’s advantage. When his “crutch” went down in Week 11, he was forced to see and feel the entire offensive system as a whole. No, I’m not saying Dalton was always keying on Green. Having a star player will cause that to happen. But, when he didn’t have that safety net, he used what he had available.

With A.J. gone, Brandon LaFell was able to produce. As Dalton got comfortable, he helped LaFell tally 862 yards and 64 receptions. To be honest, those numbers were eerily similar to the stats he posted during his 2014  campaign in New England. Dalton effectively made LaFell the number two receiver the Bengals were searching for. Tom Brady comparisons anyone?

"“Everybody respects him just like everybody respects Brady. How Brady demanded the best out of everybody, Andy’s doing the same thing here.Both of those guys are smart guys. They always have the offense in the right play. They’re always getting the ball to the right person at the right time. They’re two different offenses, but both of those guys are winners.”"

It’s Andy’s team. He has to embrace primetime and make the magic happen.

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