2014 Denver Broncos Opponents: Quarterback Rankings

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#7. Andy Dalton

Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

2012 –     Cincinnati Bengals          Wins: (10)          Passer Rating: 87.4       Y/PA: 6.7

2013 –     Cincinnati Bengals          Wins: (11)           Passer Rating: 88.8       Y/PA: 6.9

2 Year Average-                             Wins: (10.5)       Passer Rating: 88.1      Y/PA: 6.8

Week 16: Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals (12/22/14 6:30 pm MST)

The “Red Rifle” has become a solid starter in the NFL, although he is still trying to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to their first playoff win since 1990 after losing in the first round for three consecutive seasons. Dalton doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, but he generally takes care of the football and is the quintessential “game manager”. The Bengals have a team around him that allows him to play within himself and it shows with his consistent Passer Rating  and win totals over the past two seasons.

The game between the Broncos and Bengals could have huge playoff implications and it will help Dalton to be playing in front of his home crowd. Even with weapons like A.J. Green, however, the soulless ginger isn’t capable of going toe to toe with Peyton Manning in December unless he has the game of his life.

Advantage: Manning/Broncos