Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is infamous for his inability to perform in big games, but his comeback from 17 points down in the 4th quarter to pull out a 27-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks is worth something. People will say that he still has to do it in the playoffs, but making it to the playoffs should count for something.
The irony is that people act like the Bengals are some storied franchise. They were the laughing-stock of the league for years, who never even made the playoffs. Now they finally have a quarterback that consistently gets them to the playoffs, it’s all about playoff wins.
The Bengals as a team struggle in big moments, not just Dalton. The Bengals have capitalized on giving players second chances, but players with issue typically have demonstrated questionable judgement in life, so is it a surprise they would do the same thing on the field?
But Andy Dalton hasn’t been one to make excuses. Judging by the way he is throwing, he spent a lot of time working on his game. Dalton’s accuracy has improved, and he is not only dropping the ball into tight windows, but he is protecting his receivers from the big hits. With that type of understanding between teammates, they are more likely to leave it all out on the field. It is still early, and Dalton still has to show more, but it seems that he is putting his past behind him in route to a bright future.