In a best-case scenario, Cincinnati looks at Andy Dalton and sees Joe Flacco. No, not the Flacco who has struggled this season — with zero running game and leaky protection — but the one who overcame doubters and led the Ravens to a Super Bowl win last season.

“Some guys, they like to talk about the good things with them. Some guys they like to talk about what they can’t do,” Dalton said last week, heading into Sunday’s Bengals-Ravens game, as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer. “As for Joe, I’m happy for him, with everybody saying the stuff they have, and for him to go out and do what he did last year.

“Hopefully I can do the same thing. … But everyone’s got an opinion regardless of what you’re doing. He’s won a Super Bowl and people are still doubting him. You can’t worry about all that.”

As Flacco said, he and Dalton “live in a world that’s ‘What have you done for me lately?’” And not only doesn’t “lately” go back to the last Super Bowl, but it also doesn’t reach back past your previous game. For Dalton, that means he’s coming off a three-interception game in a loss to the Dolphins in which he had a 55.4 passer rating. Still, his overall rating for the season is 92.0, third in the AFC.