I think it's time for some belief from the fans in your Cincinnati Bengals, and I hold myself accountable as well in this since I picked the Packers Sunday. After this win I know fans are gonna pile onto Dalton, who didn't have a great game but did enough to help the team win. There are gonna be days like this, this team is still growing on the offensive side of the ball, but here's a stat for you, Dalton is on pace to throw for 4,251 yards, 27 TDs, and 16 Ints. Now consider that one of those picks wasn't his fault the Int number goes down to 11. Still a few more picks than I would like but he's had one multi-Interception game and really shouldn't have had one. The offense has played fine. Dalton averaged 172 yards a game against the Steelers, last Monday he threw for 280. That's called progression. I know we all want to see our QB throw for 400 yards and 4 TDs in a win at home that they had to have against the Pittsburgh Steelers and blow them out by 30, but that's probably never gonna happen as long as Labeau is the D-Coordinator. I loved what I saw. I thought his first bad game was against the Packers where he had a HORRIBLE start to the game, but then again you could say the entire offense had a horrible first half. I contribute that first half more to Clay Matthews than I do to ineptness though. If you look when he came out of the game, no more turnovers. He was a turnover machine in that game. Once he was gone the offense got its bearings and started to go in the right direction. And lets not forget the juggernauts! The defense was incredible once again! To keep Aaron Rodgers out of the endzone for four straight drives, especially the ones that started in Bengals in territory was incredible. Rodgers is a top 3 QB, he's the type of player that when he gets that kinda short field he punches it in for Touchdowns, not FGs. Not only did they not get TD's but there was at least one of those drives that didn't even end in a field goal.
Now, that I've said that and given all my praise to this team and especially the defensive unit, I wanna say something to my fellow fans. Can we stop piling on this team and waiting for them to lose? I'm so tired of the cynicism. If you're not gonna have this team's back in both winning and losing, go pick up a terrible towel, cause quite frankly I don't want you around. Get with the program; be loud, be proud, and wear your Bengals gear like your life depends on it! The media will never love us, and because of that they will always either pick against us or they will just not talk about us. These may be two of the biggest wins in franchise history that they just won back-to-back and yet I still hear people yelling at the top of their collective lungs to get rid of Dalton. For who? You got somebody hidden away that we don't know about? He's 21-14, that's a winning percentage of exactly 60%. Now I'm all for bringing in someone to push Dalton, that's what they've done with Gresham and you can see it's clearly helped. That said I don't think it's necessary as long as the team is winning. This team under Dalton has done something it has NEVER done! It has been to the playoffs in back-to-back years. It beat the Steelers at home for only the second time in thirteen tries. In three years he already has the same amount of home wins against the Steelers as Palmer. This team has a very good shot at going 6-0 in the division, at least 5-1, 4-2 if everything's locked up at the end of the season. (Basically if they wouldn't need that last game against the Ravens)
Basically all I want is for my fellow fans to be as excited for this season as I am. It's a great feeling to know that every game you walk in to you have a chance at winning. When was the last time we as fan base felt like this? Let's revel in what we have in this team, not wait for it all to fall apart. That's all I have to say. So I think I'll wrap this up with what basically puts my feelings into only a few words.... WHO DEY!!!