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Bengals: 3 teams Andy Dalton could take to the playoffs in 2020

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CINCINNATI, OHIO - OCTOBER 20: Andy Dalton (14) of the Cincinnati Bengals signals to the offensive line during the NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - OCTOBER 20: Andy Dalton (14) of the Cincinnati Bengals signals to the offensive line during the NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images) /
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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 04: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 04: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Yeah, yeah, I can already hear the Andy Dalton faithful scoff at such a notion. But if you think for a moment, Dalton at the tail end of his career, and Bill Belichick likely at his, could be a match in Patriots heaven.

With New England going out unceremoniously in a Saturday night playoff game on Wild Card Weekend, the postmortem immediately after the 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans would indicate a big change is coming to the Patriots.

Tom Brady, who many contend is the best ever at the position, might be moving on from the place he has called home and won so many Super Bowl rings. Destinations for Brady are all speculation at this point, but if he does leave, the greatest franchise in recent memory could be a landing spot for Dalton, and the reasons aren’t complicated.

First, you have the Darth Vader of head coaches in Belichick. Ownership is solid and makes sound decisions. And lastly, it will only require some roster “tweaking” to get the Patriots back to the postseason and beyond. Lastly, they play in a very winnable AFC East, with only the Buffalo Bills as a challenger to division supremacy.

If Dalton wants to finish on a high note and compete at the highest level, the Dark Star that is New England would be a nice fit.

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