After having his best year as a pro (25:7 TD-to-INT ratio over 13 starts), an injured Andy Dalton didn’t play in the Bengals’ season-ending meltdown in January, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t feel the same postseason pain. “We gave them the game,” he says, a snarl on his face. And so his sixth season begins, just like so many others have in the recent past, with the same big question looming over his team: Can Cincinnati win in the playoffs? Just once?
— Albert Breer