The Bengals lost to their divisional rivals when the sides last met in September, with Dalton stating that they need to find their momentum faster if they don't want to be punished again.
Dalton told Bengals.com: "We've got to start fast. That's something we really didn't do last time, and for this team it's not that we're not playing hard, it's just that a couple things didn't go our way.
"We've got to make some big plays, tough catches, make guys miss in the run game. They're a good defense, and we have to be at our best.
"It's a big game for us just because of what has happened the past couple weeks. We're still in good position in the division, and it's a division game. We've got to do whatever we can to get a win."
The Bengals currently top the AFC North, with a potential win on Sunday going a long way to cementing a playoff spot.