For Bengals to break out, Andy Dalton must step up

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will have to prove he can be a bit like that G.I. Joe toy:...

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will have to prove he can be a bit like that G.I. Joe toy: bullet-proof. (Reuters)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:21 PM ET

The Cincinnati Bengals are on the cusp of a breakout season.

It must be true. It’s been on TV!

It’s in all the preseason previews.

It’s in the mind’s of the team’s fans. They are all-a-Twitter. This is a team capable of snapping a playoff winless streak dating back 23 seasons — a time so long ago, it was still possible to get a gallon of gas for less than a buck, and quarterback Andy Dalton’s only concern in life was where he last put his G.I. Joe.

Marvin Lewis is heading into his 11th season as head coach and may finally have a team capable of snapping his personal 0-4 playoff run.

But before all that they first have to beat the Bears on Sunday. And Pittsburgh next week. And Dalton will have to prove he can be a bit like that G.I. Joe toy. Bullet-proof. A teflon-man.


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