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It's time to choose, Dalton or Newton?

Arizona Tennessee Indianapolis Jacksonville Houston TOTAL
Dalton 1 1 1 1 0 4
passing yards 154 217 264 179 189 1003
rushing yards 48 4 -1 0 2 53
Passing TD 2 3 1 2 1 9
Rushing TD 0 0 0 0 0 0
INT 0 0 0 1 0 1
QB rating 92,7 97,9 118,5 85,3 89,7 96,82
Arizona Tennessee Indianapolis Jacksonville Houston TOTAL
Newton 0 0 1 1 1 3
passing yards 422 212 208 158 149 1149
rushing yards 18 55 53 27 55 208
Passing TD 2 0 0 1 2 5
Rushing TD 1 0 1 0 0 2
INT 1 1 0 0 0 2
QB rating 110,4 61,7 95,9 75,4 105,2 89,72

Although I believe the Offensive ROY was awarded after week 2, I think there a reasonable argument can be made for Dalton over Newton. I have argued earlier that the Bengals basically face top 7 defenses while the Panthers face bottom five defenses in the games they do not have in common. Interestingly, they face 5 common opponents (about 1/3 of the season) this year. It gives us a unique opportunity to compare two rookie QBs having fantastic years. Above I highlight the game-by-game statistics for these QBs and I would argue that Dalton has performed better. He has more TDs (9 vs 7), a higher QB rating and more wins.

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