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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 ways Andy Dalton in December could impact 2020

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 01: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals gestures to fans after the NFL football game against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 01: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals gestures to fans after the NFL football game against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a pick by the Cincinnati Bengals during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a pick by the Cincinnati Bengals during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

In Cincinnati, winning can actually be a bad thing, especially if it prolongs some inevitables. For instance, if it prohibits the Bengals from making long-overdue roster decisions at certain positions, that doesn’t serve the long term interests of this organization. A prolonged winning streak to close out 2019 could actually hurt more than help.

The reason is simple: the Bengals don’t have a proven track record of making smart choices with personnel. They don’t utilize free agency, and draft selections are, at best, more miss than hit. If the brain-trust decides that they are better served to squeeze another season or two out of Dalton based on a five-game performance all that is assured is another losing record.

Rinse.
Repeat.

Should the Cincinnati Bengals manage to win their way to a record of anywhere from 3-13 to 5-11, sentiment will sway towards the status quo deserving another season to see what happens. That’s despite history, a lack of NFL acumen, and better judgment. It’s about the Brown family not having a plan beyond the relief of winning a few games, which if they finish at 5-11, is only winning a few games.

Next. Win/Loss prediction for the last five games of 2019. dark

Dalton had a nice game in Week 13. 22 of 37 for 243 yards and a touchdown, a couple of records, and a win is a nice day for an NFL quarterback. It also doesn’t solve the QB situation in Cincinnati, which judging by the prisoners of the moment on social media yesterday, all but did.

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