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Bengals QB Andy Dalton Says He Is Playing With A Chip On His Shoulder

Andy Dalton and the Bengals have a lot to prove this season, after falling short of goals. That's why the quarterback says that he is playing with a chip on his shoulder.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton told NBC's Cris Collinsworth that he's playing with a chip on his shoulder this season.

“I mean, 100 percent," Dalton told Collinsworth in the run-up to Sunday night's game at Arizona, a 34-31 Bengals loss. "I think any time that you don’t achieve a goal -- and we’ve got another opportunity to do it -- you want to go out there and prove that you’re the best team you can be.”

The goal Dalton is alluding to is the Bengals winning a postseason game and advancing in the playoffs, something Cincinnati hasn't done in a generation, more specifically, not since 1990. Dalton was born in 1987, so he knows nothing else in life other than the Bengals doing zilch in the postseason. They suffered their fourth straight first-round playoff exit last season.

Collinsworth, a former Bengal whose children attended high school in northern Kentucky, was definitely not being a homer as he probed Dalton on some of the more difficult and cursory issues.

Subject matter even included one of the quarterback's least favorite: the color of his hair.

On how people try to link having red hair with being a good quarterback, Dalton said: “I feel like my hair has been a topic of conversation this year for whatever reason…I finally found a hairstyle, and it’s been working for me, and a lot of people like talking about it.”

Nevermind that the Bengals are 8-2 and in first place in the AFC North, though Sunday's second straight loss left the Bengals ill-tempered and banged up.

On reacting to lingering doubt about the Bengals, Dalton said: "This team understands where we’re at. We know where we sit inside this building, and there’s a lot of confidence with this team.”

On whether the bond in the locker room makes this Bengals team different from years past, Dalton told Collinsworth: “We have a lot of really good guys on this team, a lot of guys that are friends off of the field. I think that goes a long way. We feel like we’ve got a good team. We just have to keep showing that every week.”

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