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Dalton: Bengals are treating meaningless Week 17 like any other week

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The Bengals have earned their first back-to-back playoff berths in franchise history.  But they’re not taking a victory lap as they prepare for a Week 17 game against the Ravens that won’t improve, or diminish, Cincy’s playoff positioning.

Quarterback Andy Dalton said during Thursday’s Pro Football Talk that the Bengals will keep pushing forward.

“We’re treating this just like every other week,” Dalton told Erik Kuselias.  “We’re going out and we’re preparing to win the game and it’s going to be like any other week.  We are playing for some momentum.  The playoffs start next week so for us we want to come out and play our best and carry that momentum into the playoffs.”

Pressed on whether this means the Bengals will play hard for all sixty minutes, Dalton was a little equivocal.  “That’s the plan,” he said.  “As far as I know.  I think it’s what we need to do.  I think it’s good for the team, good to not have a break and just come out and play like we have been.”

While a significant injury to a key player will invite criticism of the approach, it makes sense for a young team like the Bengals to keep doing what it has been doing.  Especially since a win over the Ravens would give the Bengals even more confidence as they head to New England or Houston or Denver for a wild-card game.

With the first consecutive non-strike playoff appearances in franchise history under their belts, the next challenge becomes doing something they haven’t done since permanently messing up Bo Jackson’s hip — win a postseason game.

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17 Responses to “Dalton: Bengals are treating meaningless Week 17 like any other week”
  1. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 27, 2012 8:02 PM

    The bengals are on a life lesson trip… They are new to winning they may forget how after one week so keep the pedal down the ravens couldn’t beat a third stringer so Andy will be ok….good luck beating the losing ravens.

  2. bengalskuta82 says: Dec 27, 2012 8:14 PM

    Beating the Ravens is not new to Marvin Lewis..He has a 10-9 record against them…Bengals win big and the Ravens will give up hope..my prediction!

  3. cincyhokie says: Dec 27, 2012 8:36 PM

    What is it with the “non-strike playoff year” as an emphasis?

    Nobody gives the Redskins an asterisk for beating the Dolphins in the SB that year.

    Now all we’ll hear about after they win a playoff game is their SB drought.

    Let it go. They’ve made the playoffs 3 of the last 4 years. They are no longer the “Bungles”. It’s ok to move on.

  4. vincentbojackson says: Dec 27, 2012 9:25 PM

    Apparently Bengal fans have decided they’re NOT treating it like any other week. They actually bought enough tickets to avoid a blackout.

    Better late to the party than not at all I guess.

  5. doe22us says: Dec 27, 2012 9:32 PM

    You cant coast through the playoffs, any team that took their legs of the brakes are typically one and done or dont win it all. Go all out.

  6. dawhorsefeathers says: Dec 27, 2012 9:43 PM

    I think Nofoolnodrool is really ampatsisahypocrite after a couple more concussions.

  7. raqaiw says: Dec 27, 2012 9:47 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 27, 2012 8:02 PM
    The bengals are on a life lesson trip… They are new to winning they may forget how after one week so keep the pedal down the ravens couldn’t beat a third stringer so Andy will be ok….good luck beating the losing ravens.

    The Steelers are on a trip;to the bottom of the division.

  8. jessethegreat says: Dec 27, 2012 9:52 PM

    This Bengals team is very different than the 90′s and early 2000′s bengals were all used to.

    I didn’t think they’d be able to look back on the whole not trading the rights to A.J. Green for a handful of picks as a positive decision at the time but it’s one of the best choices this team has made in years. That and drafting your defensive MVP (Geno).

  9. bengals78 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:17 PM

    Bengals are “new to winning?” Only five teams have been to the playoffs at least 3 of the last 4 years. The Bengals are one of the five. I’m guessing (given the math…I’m in Finance) that means 27 other teams are less “new to winning” than Cincy at this point…

  10. artanis72 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:33 PM

    Ciny’s defence has been playing very well the last six or seven weeks. Their offense has been playing a little soft but, depending on the opponent, Cincy could easily win a playoff game or two.

  11. ravenator says: Dec 27, 2012 11:47 PM

    Ravens will sweep, yawn, bring on the Colts.

  12. acemarke says: Dec 27, 2012 11:59 PM

    I’m as die-hard a Bengals fan as there is, but let’s face it: the Bengals only have two “quality” wins since we got Andy Dalton. We beat the Giants and Steelers this year, and both of those teams were in a slide at the time. Meanwhile, we lost very winnable games vs Cleveland, Miami, and Dallas.

    If the Giants had pulled out a win vs Baltimore last week, we’d be in pretty decent shape, as a win vs Baltimore this week would mean we’d have a home game vs Indy. Instead, as the #6 seed, we’re either headed to Foxboro or Houston, and I don’t feel particularly good about our chances in either game. So, as much as I’d like to see us finally break our 22-year streak without a playoff win, odds are it won’t be this year. (Feel free to prove me wrong, guys!)

  13. klink799 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:14 AM

    You are wrong. We went to the playoffs in 1981-1982 and have been in them 3 or the last 5 years. ’09,’11,’12. Why don’t you check your facts before the next time you write a column.

  14. ravensdominate says: Dec 28, 2012 12:41 AM

    The Bengals are born losers. Marvin Lewis is just another Ravens D Coordinator that got his job because of his success in Baltimore. The steelers are the 4th best team in the AFC North.

  15. ravensdominate says: Dec 28, 2012 12:48 AM

    Let’s name some other D coordinators from the Ravensthat went on to be head coaches… Rex Ryan, Jack Del Rio, Chuck Pagano, etc… Looks like coaching for the Ravens is a heck of a job… Oh and did I mention that the steelers are the worst team in our division???

  16. whooodeyyy says: Dec 28, 2012 10:24 AM

    klink799 says:
    Dec 28, 2012 12:14 AM
    You are wrong. We went to the playoffs in 1981-1982 and have been in them 3 or the last 5 years. ’09,’11,’12. Why don’t you check your facts before the next time you write a column.

    ————————————————

    In the playoffs 2009, missed in 2010, in the playoffs again in 2011 and 2012. That is 3 out of 4 years. You should check your math next time. You also sound very angry for no reason.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 29, 2012 9:43 AM

    bengals78 says:
    Dec 27, 2012 10:17 PM
    Bengals are “new to winning?” Only five teams have been to the playoffs at least 3 of the last 4 years. The Bengals are one of the five. I’m guessing (given the math…I’m in Finance) that means 27 other teams are less “new to winning” than Cincy at this point…

    26 5 not being a perspiring math major I can tell you they didn’t get to the Super Bowl which is the only goal that matters. If you want to be tee shirts boys and be proud of that so be it.

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