One of the last unbeaten teams standing this season were the Cincinnati Bengals as they came out red-hot to start the 2015 season with an 8-0 record. This was in large part due to tremendous QB play from Andy Dalton. The Bengals gunslinger went down with a broken thumb yesterday against the Steelers – the injury will force him to miss the remainder of the season, including the playoffs.

This is a devastating loss for the Bengals as they were set to make their run at a Super Bowl. It now seems insurmountable for Cincinnati to accomplish that without their star QB. A.J. McCarron will fill the void under center. The 2nd year QB threw for 280 yards and 2 TDs to go along with 2 interceptions in Cincinnati’s loss to Pittsburgh.

The Bengals will look to McCarron with high expectations as the man to lead this team through their playoff push. McCarron was drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He won 3 National Championships and was the Heisman runner-up in 2013. McCarron knows how to win football games and definitely brings starting capabilities to the table. It’ll be interesting to see how he holds up – I think he’ll play well.

Even if McCarron plays well, it’s still a tough pill to swallow for a team that has lost 3 of their past 5 games following an 8-0 start to the season. Can McCarron win a playoff game before Andy Dalton?

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Jonathan has been investing his time in sports writing for the past decade. Breaking Football's lead writer covers anything from the NFL Draft to providing fantasy football insight. Born and raised in the Jersey Shore. Follow him on Twitter @JonValencia_WiB to talk anything football.