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Is Andy Dalton Ready To Be An Elite Quarterback?
The Cincinnati Bengals have quietly built themselves up as true playoff contender these last few seasons, and they are hoping that a strong 2013 offseason will put them in the mix for a Super Bowl. No matter how strong their team appears to be on paper, they can’t truly be elite until quarterback Andy Dalton takes the next step. After a strong start to his career, will Dalton become an elite signal call in 2013?
Head coach Marvin Lewis wants to stress tempo with the offense this season, and a big part of tempo is the play and poise of the quarterback. The offense should operate much more smoothly this season, not only due to the changes in philosophy, but with their personnel as well.
Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones both appear to be promising targets for Dalton, finally giving AJ Green some much needed help. The Bengals also picked up two other playmakers in the first two rounds of the NFL draft, as tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard joins the mix. Dalton now has the best supporting cast he has ever had and several bona fide potential fantasy football stars for 2013.
Cincinnati made some improvements on defense, but they were already a top 10 defense in the NFL last season. The team just came up short against Houston in the playoffs, not able to come up with enough offense to move on through the next round.
Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are the young quarterbacks receiving all the hype around the NFL, but the Bengals collectively can compete with any team in the NFL. He has been impressive during the offseason according to reports, but until the season begins, no one knows for sure just how much Dalton has improved. If everyone stays relatively healthy though, the Bengals could quickly become a legitimate Super Bowl contender this season. That would certainly put Dalton in the highest level of signal callers.
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Cincinnati @ Houston
Oh Houston, what happened to you? Two weeks ago you looked like a lock for the number one seed and now you could be the first team out of the playoffs. Now they run into winners of 7 of their last 8, Cincinnati. Cincinnati couldn’t have picked a better time to play the Texans and the combination of Andy Dalton to A.J. Green will be too much for the struggling Texans to handle. Cincinnati 27 Houston 17.
Indianapolis @ Baltimore
Earlier this week I was all but certain to take the Colts in this matchup. They are playing better football right now then the Ravens and Andrew Luck can make a huge difference in this matchup. But when Ray Lewis announced his retirement after this postseason making this week most likely his last home game, there is no way the Ravens can lose this one. Led by Ray Lewis one more time, the Ravens will squeak out a victory and send Ray off with a W in most likely his last home game. Baltimore 24 Indianapolis 23.
Minnesota @ Green Bay
The third meeting this year for these NFC North rivals will be a battle. Minnesota will travel into Lambeau Field with a little more swagger than in previous meetings coming off beating the Packers and getting into the playoffs because of it. Also having one of the favorites for MVP in your backfield doesn’t hurt either. The Pack will show up this week hungry and angry at the Vikings for last week and will show why when they are playing their best football, they are one of the most dangerous teams in the league. Green Bay 31 Minnesota 20.
Seattle @ Washington
I want to take Seattle in this one, I really do. But there is just something to the way RG3, Morris, and the Redskins are playing right now. Expect Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch to make it a very close game but Griffin will help the Redskins take this one. The fact that they are playing at home and not in Seattle helps Washington enormously and swings my vote to the Redskins. Washington 27 Seattle 20.