Comparing Andy Dalton’s Second Season to Eli Manning’s

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October 21, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

With the Giants coming to Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, the Bengals will face their second Manning in two weeks. Eli has blossomed into one of the better quarterbacks in the league, but it was not that long ago when he was criticized for throwing too many interceptions and many doubted he would ever become an elite quarterback.

Sound familiar?

Of course I am not saying that the younger Manning and Andy Dalton are on the same level skill-wise. Of course not. But, I was thinking about Manning’s second year playing for the Giants after he took the reins from Kurt Warner in his short stint for Big Blue. And his running back, who complained publicly about the offense and had a case of the fumbles.

Of course, Cedric Benson is no longer in Cincinnati, but the Tiki Barber parallel was too easy. The difference being that Tiki Barber could catch the football.

Just for the sake of procrastinating at work today, I looked up the two quarterbacks statistics from the second year. There were more similarities than I would have guessed, but two things set them worlds apart. I will project Dalton’s numbers this year for a full, 16-game season. First, the similarities:

 

Yards

Attempts

YPA

TD

TD%

TD:INT

Manning

3,762

557

6.8

24

4.3

1.41

Dalton

4,260

570

7.5

28

4.9

1.27

 

INT

INT%

YPC

4QC

GWD

Manning

17

3.1

12.8

1

2

Dalton

22

3.9

11.7

0

2

While Manning played in an offense that was considered more of a vertical attack, the yards per attempt and completion are very similar. Manning threw it less frequently, but not a big difference.

But here is where the differences come into play (other than the Giants’ 11-5 record):

 

Comp%

Rating

Sacks

Sack%

Manning

52.8

75.9

28

4.8

Dalton

63.9

86.7

44

7.2

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