Bengals bust expectations

Kevin Clem and Rico Willis

The Cincinnati Bengals have made history by starting the 2015-2016 season 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.

The Bengals have fought through some close games to beat some tough teams like the Baltimore Ravens, the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Any Bengals fan understands that this isn’t the young, mistake-filled team that’s haunted them the past four years with four consecutive first round playoff losses, but instead a team who’s ready to make a run for their first ring.

Quarterback, Andy Dalton has taken a big role in the team’s recent success. Dalton, who at the moment has the second highest QB rating in the league with a 111 QB rating, has been looking like the seasoned quarterback he is. Dalton has thrown for almost 2,226 yards, has thrown for 18 touchdowns with only having 4 interceptions and is on pace to have the best season of his career. “I learned early on playing football that you can’t get too high or too low, ” Dalton said in a post game press conference with ESPN after their win over Pittsburgh  Steelers. He then went on to talk about the positive overall morale and well-being of the rest of the team.

With Dalton having such a good year, it only makes sense that the team is doing great. Amongst all the touchdowns and the very productive offense, Dalton has only been sacked 9 times. The defense has also stepped their game up dramatically over the past few weeks such as when they held the explosive Pittsburgh Steelers to only 10 points. This helped the offense mount a fourth quarter comeback win against the AFC North rival and to be the first Bengals team to make it 8-0.