Dalton said that if the Bengals can win their next two games against the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns before the bye week then they will be in a great position to claim first in the AFC North.
"These are a big two weeks, especially with the way our schedule is," Dalton told the Bengals' official website. "We have these two division games right now, so we've got to come out and play our best the next two.
"These are some big games that can determine a lot. We know that, we're preparing that way."
The Bengals are currently 6-3 while their opponents the Ravens are 3-5.