Andy Dalton And The Bengals Just Want Respect

Emile Pierce - Author

Oct. 13 2015, Updated 5:13 a.m. ET

The Cincinnati Bengals (5-0) took another huge step towards notoriety Sunday. Andy Dalton and Company needed four quarters and overtime to get the statement win that would make the football gods smile. When the dust had settled at Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals had knocked off the two-time NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. All they want is to be respected.

The Bengals came out blazing. Dalton took control of the offense and drove his team effortlessly down the field for a go-ahead touchdown. The crowd in the Jungle was loud and insane. The atmosphere was like that of a playoff game. That may have been part of the early Bengals breakdown. The Seahawks took an attitude and marched the ball down the field on their possession, tying the score at 7-7.

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Whether the Bengals knew it or not, they were in the middle of a fight for respect and bragging rights. The Seahawks were coming off a Monday Night Football victory that was shaky at best. They beat the Detroit Lions with a controversial call that blew up on Twitter, Vine, and YouTube. The Seahawks undoubtedly wanted to prove they could win without help. The Bengals wanted to prove they could get past the No. 2 ranked defense in the NFL. They wanted respect.


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