Andy Dalton Ready To Break Out in Third NFL Season with Bengals

By Matthew Nutter
June 17, 2013 11:08 am
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Andy Dalton Andy Dalton is entering his third season as the Bengals' starting quarterback.  

During his first two seasons he has led Cincinnati to the playoffs, only to fall to Houston in the wild card round each year.  

Is the third time going to be a charm for the player known affectionately as "The Red Rifle"?  

Let's look at his numbers over his first two years in the league.


Dalton has impressed in every statistical category since he was drafted in 2011. How much so is made clear when you put his numbers up against active Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.


DALTON19-13 0-2629104460.270674729
FLACCO20-12 3-257292761.765843524
E MANNING12-11 0-138975451.648053026
BREES10-17 0-052588259.553922831
ROETHLISBERGER22-3 5-136456364.750063420
P MANNING16-16 0-1657110859.278745243
BRADY20-10 3-0637101462.866074626

In comparison to the championship quarterbacks, Dalton has the third highest regular season win total behind Roethlisberger (22), Brady and Flacco (20).  

Those same three quarterbacks are the only three to win a postseason game in their first two seasons, with Brady and Roethlisberger actually delivering titles their first seasons as a starter.  

Dalton also ranks third in completions, behind only Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, and is second only to Peyton in passes attempted. Dalton's 60.2 percent completion rate is good for fourth on the list, again behind Flacco, Roethlisberger and Brady.  

Yardage and touchdowns, two of the biggest statistics for a quarterback, are where Dalton really shines. Dalton's 7,067 yards over his first two years is second only to Peyton Manning's 7,874, who is the only quarterback to top Dalton in touchdown passes over his first two seasons (52 for Manning to Dalton's 47). 

While a naysayer might point out Dalton's higher interception total (29), when you figure his interception percentage, his numbers are quite good (number of interceptions divided by the number of attempts, multiplied by 100):


As you can see Dalton's INT percentage is second only to Brady and Flacco's 2.6 percent. So what does this all mean?  

Possibly everything, possibly nothing.  

Dalton compares favorably to all active Super Bowl winning quarterbacks over the same span of their careers. Does this guarantee a Super Bowl win for Cincinnati? No, but if I were a betting man, Cincinnati would be on my short list this season.


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2 years ago
Why is it my charts always look so nice, neat and structure din my draft and every time they get posted it looks like this?
2 years ago

Hi Matthew, this is a known technical issue we are trying to fix. In the meantime, we spaced your tables to be a little bit more pleasing to the eye. Thanks for the understanding and patience on this.
2 years ago

Thank you very much!!
2 years ago
Very interestsing article. Great facts! I am very curious how this division plays out this year. Dare i say I see The bengals as the team to beat this year.....yes, over the defending Super Bowm champions and the 6- time world champion Steelers!!!!
2 years ago
Solid article, people still don't give Dalton the respect he deserves. Dalton knows he has to perform better when it matters. A growing leader on the field acknowledges their mistakes. Dalton understands what he has to do in Year 3.
2 years ago
I am a huge Red Rifle fan, love their chances this year with that pass rush and bringing Eifert in to fix the third down offense! Check out my writeup on Eifert for my thoughts there. :P
2 years ago
You Bengals fans better take a good long look at that schedule before you start spouting this nonsense about winning the division by 2 GAMES! I do think Flacco, BigBen, Cutler, Luck, Brady, and Aaron Rodgers might have some say in how you guys do this year, don't you think?
2 years ago

you realize that the wuarterbacks have to play against a defense right? Lets look at the bengals D vs the Ravens D last year:

Yards allowed per play: Cin 4th Bal 13th
Turnovers forced: Cin 8th Bal 15th
Passing Yards allowed: Cin 7th Bal 16th
rushing yards allowed: Cin 12th Bal 20th
Passing TDs allowed: Cin 4th Bal 3rd
Rushing TDs allowed: Cin 14th Bal 23rd

Now take away Danelle Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Rolando McClain, and Bernard Pollard and you think the Ravens Defense will improve on those numbers?

Put down the Kool-Aid and come back to the rest of us!
2 years ago

Yes, I do think Baltimore will improve on those numbers. Why? That defense last year was the worst Ravens defense in 10 years! Baltimore knows how to build a strong, stout defense and lets not forget we were pretty banged up last year as well. So yes, I do believe with our history the defense will be better. Our defense STUNK last year. It should have been dismantled. And NO! the Bengals ARE NOT going to sweep Baltimore in 2013.

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