Berk's Blog - 10/31/13
The 6-2 Bengals were led onto the field at Sun Life Stadium in Miami tonight by the AFC's Offensive Player of the Month. Andy Dalton was as hot in October as the South Florida pavement was this afternoon. Once the leaves started changing colors in Cincinnati, Dalton changed his, ahem, stripes.
The 3rd year product from TCU completed 68 percent of his passes during four October wins, with 11 TD passes against only 3 interceptions. He also eclipsed 116 in the old passer rating category. His team was riding a four game winning streak in its Halloween showdown, and led the AFC North by 2 1/2 games over Baltimore,
A Bengals win in Miami would not only put them in the driver's seat of the AFC North, they could also start thinking about a possible 1 or 2 seed in the AFC playoffs; huge since it would give them a bye week, while leaving them just one home win from playing in the AFC championship game.
Bengals definitely looked like a team that had only three days to prepare with some travel thrown in, They were sluggish on both sides of the football in the first half, and only the Dolphins own miscues kept the Bengals from being in much worse shape after the half. Making matters worse they lost Geno Atkins to an apparent leg injury late in the 2nd quarter. He had to be carted off to the locker room. They also lost James Harrison to a left thumb injury. And Dalton threw his 4th interception of the month (fe also fumbled).
Overall, you could see the combination take a toll; short week, travel, night game which left them sitting around the hotel all day. Bengals trail 10-3 at the half. Their 4 game winning streak is in jeopardy if not based on the score, at least on how they are playing.