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Cincinnati Bengals: 5 bold predictions for the 2019 season

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CINCINNATI, OHIO - AUGUST 22: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - AUGUST 22: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 7: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals is congratulated by fans as he walks off of the field after defeating the Miami Dolphins 27-17 at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 7: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals is congratulated by fans as he walks off of the field after defeating the Miami Dolphins 27-17 at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /

I can hear Bengals fans already screaming their disapproval. But seriously, It’s a leaky sieve of an offensive line, so what makes you think veteran quarterback Andy Dalton remains upright for 16 games?

I know. For all those who think reality can be downright offensive, 16 games over 17 weeks can be a bitter pill. For Dalton and his many fans, 2019 could be a tough go.

This isn’t meant to cause offense, but unless the Cincinnati O-Line can find a way to be anything other than a liability for a team in transition, Dalton could find himself battered and bruised before they host the up and coming New York Jets on December 1. That same offensive line might also be the reason Zac Taylor has to make the decision to sit Dalton not just for his own well being, but to remind fans it may be time to turn the page.

This is not to say Dalton is done by any league standard. Many quarterbacks have found success in the aftermath of their original team. As blasphemous as that may sound to some, some I know, everything in the NFL has an expiration date. Reluctantly for a few, Dalton may find his at the beginning of December.

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