The Cincinnati Bengals will cruise down I-74 to Indianapolis to play the Colts in the first round of the 2014 NFL playoffs this weekend, a yearly event in which winning has eluded this franchise since Jan. 6, 1991. In addition to that narrative, the Bengals have an epic rematch on their hands against an opponent. Week 7 featured a comfortable Colts win, a memorable Dwayne Allen touchdown and, oh yea, absolutely no offense from the Cincinnati Bengals.
Yet none of that matters anymore. It's a new season, as the talking points go.
That being said, if Cincinnati claims their first-ever postseason road victory on Sunday, it will be Marvin Lewis' first win in six postseason tries.
And Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will be $1 million richer for every year remaining on his contract.
When the Bengals signed Dalton to a six-year extension, within that deal included massive bonuses for postseason successes. Any year that the Bengals reach the division round in the playoffs and Dalton participates in over 80 percent of the team's snaps, he'll get another cool million every year remaining on his deal. Per Pro Football Focus, Dalton played 96.97 percent of the team's offensive snaps (1,057 out of 1,090). That's covered.
If the Bengals make the division round this year, Dalton will receive $6 million of new money (additional $1 million per year) for winning this weekend. In addition to that, if Cincinnati reaches the conference title game (AFC Championship), he gets $500,000 and then another million for the Super Bowl (again, bonuses added throughout the life of the contract). Per Pro Football Talk, Dalton will earn $18 million of new money if the Bengals reach the Super Bowl this season.