CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton returned from his three-week exile Sunday and got a long-awaited win for Cincinnati's new head coach and former Husker quarterback Zac Taylor.
Dalton was previous bench but returned this week to throw a touchdown pass during a 22-6 victory over the New York Jets that ended the longest losing streak in Bengals' history.
The Bengals (1-11) had lost 13 in a row since the end of last season.
Taylor benched Dalton after the eighth loss, deciding to see whether Ryan Finley fit into the team’s long-term plans.
With the rookie struggling and the season careening toward 0-16, Taylor reversed course and went back to Dalton, who made the difference in front of the smallest crowd in Paul Brown Stadium history. Carlos Dunlap and Sam Hubbard dunked Taylor with ice water in the final seconds.
Dalton got beyond his initial bitterness over the benching and led the NFL’s lone winless team to the breakthrough victory in front of 39,804 fans.