What do you as a fan want from the Cincinnati Bengals this Christmas? Lets take out the obvious “I want a Super Bowl” yeah that would be great and that could very likely happen. What else besides that do you want out of this team?
One thing that comes to my mind is a reliable consistent Andy Dalton. How nice would that be?! If Andy Dalton could play every week like he did last week against the Minnesota Viking the Bengals wouldn’t have a care in the world. They would sail through the AFC to the championship game against the Denver Broncos. The Andy Dalton that played agains the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago deserves some coal in his stocking.
Besides good play from Dalton what else is there to wish for? How about a healthy defense? Obviously it is impossible for them to all be healthy this season but one can wish. Imagine if the Bengals has Geno Atkins, Leon Hall and Robert Geathers were all healthy. An already dominant Cincinnati defense would be even more over whelming.
This biggest wish Cincinnati fans should this holiday season has to be winning the #2 seed in the AFC. That would guarantee the Bengals a first round bye and a home playoff game which could prove to be crucial this season as Cincinnati is undefeated at Paul Brown Stadium.
A close second to that wish should be a playoff win. A playoff win for the Bengals would be their first since the 1989-1990 NFL season when the Bengals lost to the Los Angeles Raiders in the divisional round. Yeah that was so long ago Los Angeles had a football team and the Raiders weren’t a laughingstock.
This Holiday season you as a Bengals fan have to be thankful for what this team has given you. Sure the up and down play of Andy Dalton has been aggravating, but this team is 10-5 and AFC North Champs for a reason. They are a great football team that may be getting hot at the perfect time.