Posted on October 30, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
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The Cincinnati Bengals have had a rough first half of the NFL Regular Season, to say the least. They’ve come so close to winning games against the Seattle Seahawks (-1), Buffalo Bills (-4), Arizona Cardinals (-3), and Baltimore Ravens (-6) – but lost every single time. Realistically, we don’t see them pulling out a win until their games against the New York Jets (Week 13), Cleveland Browns (Weeks 14 & 17), or Miami Dolphins (Week 16). But, that all could change now that they have a new starting QB: rookie, Ryan Finley. You might be wondering, what happened to Andy Dalton? He didn’t fall victim to the NFL trade deadlines yesterday, but he was benched. On his birthday. Yes, really. What we really want to know is if the Bengals delivered the news to the quarterback on his birthday cake – could you imagine?!
While we feel for Dalton being benched on what should be a happy day for him, at the end of the day, it’s just business. With an 0-8 start, nobody should be shocked by the Bengals decision. Sure, the timing wasn’t ideal, especially since the Bengals have a bye this week, but they needed to get Finley up to speed and ready to go for their second game against the Ravens in Week 10. Naturally, we’re now wondering if the fans would be as ruthless if they were in charge. Fans, would you show no mercy with benching a player on their birthday? Maybe even sending him back to the practice squad? Or what about firing a coach? Are birthdays fair game as long as they aren’t a monumental one, like 50, for example? Or, like the Bengals, do you think it’s business as usual – no matter whose birthday it is?
Power To The Fans!