Originally Posted by TonyMontana
Which players were out on the Bengals? Defense seemed alright, but their problem is Dalton who looks absolutely terrible thus far.
I can see why some would agree Big Ben is still the best QB in the AFC North, but give me Andy Dalton and especially Flacco over Roethlisberger. Even if you take Todd Haley out the picture, I'd be more comfortable with both Dalton and Flacco. To me, Roethlisberger is one of the more overrated QBs league-wide, and vice versa with Dalton. Yes, I'll admit I'm a bit biased considering my love for the Bengals / hatred for the Steelers (hey, at least I'm honest!).
The AFC North is a madhouse at the moment, and up for grabs minus Pittsburgh of course (I mean come on, even as mediocre
as you claim the Bengals/Ravens/Browns - they're nowhere near the sheer embarrassment the Steelers are right now). Herm Edwards called it at the beginning of the season, and claimed the Browns will shock people this year; tied for 1st place in the same division as the reigning SB champs, I'd say he may be onto something.
The Ravens just aren't who they were back in January. Flacco isn't the same Flacco we seen back in January. The AFC North belongs to the Bengals this year, plain and simple. We just vecan't seem to win a playoff game. The Texans have punk'd us two years back-to-back, and honestly, I hope we get them again somehow in the 1st round so we can get this monkey off our back, and make the SuperBowl, which we are
capable of, yes, even with Andy Dalton.
Dalton isn't an elite QB, never will be. But we all know he's one hell of a game manager. With the amount of talent in Cincy on both sides of the football, maybe the Bengals are the exception that you don't necessarily need an elite QB to make the SB. Maybe I'm wrong, and he'll choke again in the 1st round. Only time will tell, but I think it's pretty safe to say Cincy wins the AFC North and probably more like 11-5 instead of the insulting 9-7 you suggested.
ATM, yes Dalton looks pretty average. 85% QBR, barely over 1k yards passing, 5 TDs with 4 picks after four games, but he'll pick up the slack and his numbers will improve by the end of the season, but more importantly, people should be more focused on the win/loss category as it's the one that matters most, does it not? Dalton is an excellent game manager, and maybe that's all we need. I'd rather have a QB capable of managing shit effectively... managing us effectively enough to make the SuperBowl, instead of being more focused on his individual stats compared to say a Brady or Manning and wondering/debating if dude is Pro-Bowl worthy.