User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Bengals' Dalton compares self to top QBs

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

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

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: and

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

David: Total Talk - Thanksgiving
Sportsbook: Thursday's Top Action
Rogers: Public Fades - Week 12
Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 12
Nelson: Close Calls - Week 11
Rams' Bailey shot, in critical condition
JPP happy to be alive after accident
Eagles hoping to halt 'panic' with win
Lynch undergoes abdominal surgery
Why Buy Picks From
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
5-2 Sun., 14-4 Run, 10-1 Mondays
41-20 Last 61 Picks, +1,655 TY
3-0 L2 Thurs., 11-3 L14, 16-6 L22
18-8 Last 26 NFL Streak
4-0 Run, 10-2 L12 Guarantees
4-1 Sunday, 22-10 L32 Picks
4-1 L5 Picks, 17-9 L5 Sundays
9-3 L12, 11-4 L15 Selections
5-1 Last 6 Guaranteed Plays
16-6 L4 Sundays, 26-12 +1,328 L38
10-5 Last 15 G-Plays
5-2 Last 7 NFL Picks
3-1 Record Sunday
5-1 Last 6 NFL Guarantees
NFL Pro Football Expert Sports Picks - Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Marc Lawrence + 1655
Joe Nelson + 1138
Antony Dinero + 1008
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
ASA + 300
Michael Black + 300
Andy Iskoe + 295
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Marc Lawrence 64 %
Joe Nelson 63 %
Scott Pritchard 63 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Nelson + 558
Scott Pritchard + 525
Vince Akins + 415
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 363
Michael Black + 306
Scott Pritchard + 300
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 809
Antony Dinero + 706
Marc Lawrence + 660
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership