Andy Dalton stealing money from Bengals

Thursday night, Andy Dalton put together one of the worst performances by a quarterback in NFL history. It was Geno Smith-esque.

Yet somehow, the Bengals signed him to a six-year, $115 million contract in the offseason. He will make $22 million by February, and the rest is not guaranteed completely. The Bengals are essentially getting robbed of $18 million this season. The Bengals are still 5-3-1, but it has been a rocky road, and this really doesn’t look like a playoff team, despite being very much alive.

Dalton’s stat line Thursday night was of epic proportions. Dalton was 10 of 33 for 86 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. His QB rating was 4.3 He was also sacked twice. You really have to try hard to put up numbers that awful. It is actually difficult for a NFL QB to be that atrocious.

The 27-year-old QB came into the season 30-18 in his career in the regular season, but is 0-3 in the playoffs. He was terrible in the playoff games. Let’s just be real here. Dalton is not an elite QB like A.J. Green has called him. With a receiver like Green and some other nice targets in Mohammed Sanu and running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, Dalton has to be better than this. All the blame can’t go on the QB, but in this instance it does. When you turn the ball over at the rate Dalton is, he gets the finer pointed at him. Eight touchdowns and nine interceptions is unacceptable for a QB making $18 million a year and who signed a lucrative contract as he did before the season.

The Bengals hot start is the only reason they are in a playoff race. This was the best team in football a month ago, and now they look nothing close to that. They look horrible on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Dalton’s got to turn this thing around, because despite Green clamoring to say he’s great, he’s not. Dalton is a mediocre QB at best, and if this team fails to make the playoffs, he should be gone. Marvin Lewis should be gone. Too much mediocrity going on in Cincy for a team that has the talent on the roster to make the playoffs. Man up, Andy.

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