OK, so the headline was really just an attention grabber. I'm sure there will be people who don't read this article and comment below about how I'm an idiot and Peyton is way better than Andy Dalton, which he is. Obviously.
But chances are, if you clicked on this post, you wouldn't mind reading something at least semi-positive right about now. So please indulge a millennial Bengals fan for just a couple minutes.
Let me start this off by saying it was only just yesterday that I could bring myself back to visit CJ, Bengals.com and espn.com/nfl. I am not a Dalton apologist and the loss definitely leaves me wondering if we should draft a QB this April. However, a Colts fan who happens to be a friend of mine pointed something out to me yesterday that I thought was interesting, to say the least. He simply told me to look up the game logs from Peyton Manning's first three postseason starts. Here is what I found:
Peyton Manning's first 3 playoff appearances-combined stats (took him 4 seasons to make playoffs 3 times)
Completed 50 of 105 passes for 558 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT with a 47.6% completion percentage.
Andy Dalton's first 3 playoff appearances-combined stats (made playoffs 3 straight years since entering the league.)
Completed 70 of 123 for 718 yards 56.9% 1 TD 6 INT
Yes, I can read. I see that in fact AD has thrown 4 more interceptions over this span than PM did. If I recall correctly, at least 1, maybe 2 of the picks from the Texans games were tipped by receivers who either muffed the catch or got hit as the ball was coming to them-not really Andy's fault.
Regardless, the stats look eerily similar with Dalton actually having the edge in every category other than interceptions--yards, yards per attempt and completion percentage.
Also keep in mind that in his first two years in the playoffs, Dalton faced the Texans, who were the number 2 and number 7 defenses in the league during those respective years, and then the Chargers who were the #10 ranked defense this year in total defense.
Conversely, Peyton faced off against defensively ranked #17 Titans and #26 ranked Dolphins in his first two playoff tilts and then the #9 Jets, who shut out the Colts offense. Thats right, the Jets won PM's 3rd playoff start 41-0.
Andy Dalton is not better than Peyton Manning. But it is quite interesting to see this comparison and imagine the heat Peyton was getting after that crushing 41-0 loss in his 3rd playoff appearance.
Not a verdict, not an indictment, not an excuse. Just some musings by a frustrated Bengals fan.