VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Bengals' Dalton compares self to top QBs

CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton isn't shying away from the comparisons any longer.

Advertisement
Until now, the Bengals' fourth-year quarterback has avoided linking his name with some of the NFL's best, even as he accomplished things that few others could claim. That's changed with his ongoing negotiations over a contract extension.

It's time to accentuate the positives from his first three seasons.

''Well, I'm very confident in what I've done,'' he said. ''The people who are the critics, they look at all of the negatives. They don't look at all of the stuff that I've accomplished. They don't look at that I'm one of three quarterbacks in the history of the NFL to do certain things. They don't look at that kind of stuff.

''They want to find ways to tear me down, but I'm not worried about that. They can say whatever they want. All that matters is what everyone believes in this organization and what I believe in myself.''

There are a lot of rarified numbers he can cite:

- Dalton, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning are the only ones to throw 20 or more touchdown passes in each of their first two seasons.

- Dalton is one of only five starting quarterbacks to lead their teams to the playoffs in each of their first three seasons, along with the Rams' Pat Haden, the Dolphins' Marino, the Browns' Bernie Kosar and the Ravens' Joe Flacco.

- If the Bengals reach the playoffs again this season, he'll join Flacco as the only starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to reach the playoffs in each of their first four seasons.

- Dalton has already set numerous franchise records for passing. He threw for a club-record 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns last season.

The big blemish: 0-3 in the postseason. Dalton has given some of his worst performances in the playoffs, setting up three straight opening-round exits.

Dalton is entering the final year on his contract. He's emphasizing those regular-season accomplishments while making his case for a new deal.

''We are obviously comparing guys in their first three years - what they have done, what they are doing now, and presenting them with stuff,'' Dalton said. ''That is how we have come up with what we are wanting.''

Who's the best comparison?

''Let's see here: Flacco, (Aaron) Rodgers, (Drew) Brees. Who else? Matt Ryan. All those top guys,'' he said.

His biggest shortcoming also leaves him in some pretty good company. He's one of seven NFL quarterbacks who who have lost an opening playoff game three seasons in a row, according to STATS. The others: Warren Moon (4), Otto Graham (3), Y.A. Tittle (3), Bert Jones (3), Joe Montana (3) and Randall Cunningham (3).

''This is a big year,'' Dalton said. ''Just from the standpoint of OK, now I've been through it three times now. I've played well. I've been to the playoffs. Obviously the playoffs haven't gone well for us, but it's not just me.''

Dalton turned the ball over three times in the second half of a 27-10 loss to San Diego at Paul Brown Stadium that extended Cincinnati's playoff misery. The Bengals haven't won a playoff game in 23 years. Their three straight opening-game losses tie the league record.

Dalton has studied video of the playoff loss during the offseason.

''We had chances in the game. Obviously the turnovers killed us,'' he said. ''I wish I would have done some things differently in the game. It didn't turn out that way. You've got to take the good things that happened last season and improve on them.''

Coach Marvin Lewis fell to 0-5 in the playoffs but got a year added to his contract, which now runs through 2015. He has reassured Dalton privately and insisted publicly that the quarterback can take the franchise deep into the playoffs and end all those streaks of futility and doubts about his ability.

''It means a lot,'' Dalton said. ''I feel like I've done a lot since being here to earn that trust, to earn that support.''

---

Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
BetDSI: AFC South Odds Outlook
BetDSI: Handicapping Green Bay (10)
BetDSI: AFC North Odds Outlook
Lawrence: 2018 Strength of Schedule
News: CG releases Week 1-16 Odds
News: CG Odds - Week 9-16
BetDSI: AFC East Odds Outlook
BetDSI: Handicapping Minnesota (10)
BetDSI: Handicapping Philadelphia (10)
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2017 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 2145
Gary Bart + 1530
Paul Bovi + 1386
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 200
Hank Goldberg + 200
Bill Marzano + 191
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Zack Cimini 62 %
Pat Hawkins 59 %
KellyInVegas 59 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 1557
Scott Rickenbach + 1469
Paul Bovi + 987
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 668
Stephen Nover + 563
Vince Akins + 532
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 531
Jimmy Boyd + 420
Dave Cokin + 400
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership