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Dec 1, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

 

Quarterback:

Call me crazy, but I give Dalton the advantage here. Once you pick yourself up off the floor and get back to your screen, I ask you to hear me out before leaving this article. Look, by no means would I take Dalton as my QB over Luck if I had the choice -that would just be silly. In fact, I think if you give the Bengals Luck, the Bengals are 12-0.

But, if you take off your “Dalton Hater” glasses and look at this objectively, Dalton (likely because of his better cast) is having the better year. Other than INTs and QBR, Dalton is leading Luck in every other category – and most by a healthy margin.

Yds

Comp %

YPA

TD/INT

Fumbles

Rating

QBR

Luck

2,793

58.1%

6.68

15/8

5

82.4

60.1

Dalton

3,144

61.4%

7.3

22/16

4

85.1

49.8

 

Luck has really struggled since losing Reggie Wayne in week 7. In the 5 games since Wayne’s season ending knee injury, the Colts are 3-2 with 3 close wins to lesser teams and 2 blowouts. In those 5 games, Luck is completing just 55% of his passes, has 5 TDs and 5 INTs, a 72.0 rating and a 40.4 QBR. In 2 of his last 5 games, Luck has thrown for 0 TDs (both against Tennessee).

Now, he gets to face the 6th ranked defense, on the road, in the cold, with a weak running game and likely in poor weather. Not exactly a recipe for success. Dalton, on the other hand, though he does have 10 INTs in his last 5 games, he also has 11 TDs. And while he was brutal in the 1st half in San Diego, he played fairly well in the 2nd half and showed that as long as he takes what the defense gives him, plays within himself and protects the ball, he can lead this team to good things.

I believe Dalton is due for a good game and with Indy and their 17th ranked pass defense and 28th ranked run defense, I think this could be the week. Given their supporting casts, I like Dalton better – in this matchup – not as an overall player.

Advantage: Bengals

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