7. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4, Previous: 8)
The Bengals’ road win in San Diego was a microcosm of their season. The defense dominated, forcing three turnovers while keeping Philip Rivers in check. On the other side of the ball, it was a tale of two Daltons. The Red Rifle stunk up the joint in the fist half, managing just 41 yards with one particularly embarrassing interception. He showed up in the second half a changed man, leading his team down the field to secure a two-game lead over the Ravens. In the process, he joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to start their careers with three straight 3,000-yard seasons. If this Andy Dalton could show up for each game, in each half, the Bengals would be more believable as Super Bowl contenders. (Getty Photo)
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