Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbackBen Roethlisberger
(7) talks with Cincinnati Bengals quarterbackAndy Dalton
(14) after the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-10 at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Last week, Dalton showed exactly why Bengals fans can still hold out hope for his ability to become a franchise QB. The Dalton we saw against the Colts, like the one we saw for ¾ of October, is the type of QB that could take this team to the Super Bowl. The problem, as all Bengals fans know, is the “other Dalton” and the inability to know which one you will get.
The Steelers know what they will get each week at QB. A guy that knows how to win, can extend plays and make something out of nothing. Despite the Steelers 5-8 record, Roethlisberger is just as dangerous as he has always been and is having a very good year statistically: 3,724 yards (5th), 64.0% comp%, 24 TDs (7th), 10 INTs and a 94.1 rating.
With the Steelers at home, with their slim playoff hopes on the line, I give the advantage to the 2-time Super Bowl winning QB over the QB that is 0-2 in the playoffs.