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NFL QB Rankings: Andy Dalton tops Colin Kaepernick in MMQB

Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick are forever linked because of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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With the 2015 NFL season inching closer, what better time than to do a power ranking of every starting QB?

That's what Andy Benoit of the MMQB did, and he was actually somewhat friendly to Andy Dalton, unlike most. In Benoit's rankings, Dalton ranked 20th, but was ahead of some other notable QBs like 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and Bucs QB and No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston.

Of Dalton, Benoit said, "Outstanding before the snap but can be a total crapshoot after it." That pretty much sums up Dalton, who has to have a quick-passing offense to be successful.

Here's a look at Benoit's full list:

32. Matt Cassel, Bills
31. Robert Griffin III, Washington
30. Marcus Mariota, Titans
29. Josh McCown, Browns
28. Brian Hoyer, Texans
27. Geno Smith, Jets
26. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
25. Blake Bortles, Jaguars
24. Nick Foles, Rams
23. Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings
22. Sam Bradford, Eagles
21. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
*20. Andy Dalton, Bengals
19. Derek Carr, Raiders
18. Alex Smith, Chiefs
17. Jay Cutler, Bears
16. Cam Newton, Panthers
15. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
14. Carson Palmer, Cardinals
13. Matthew Stafford, Lions
12. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
11. Eli Manning, Giants
10. Tony Romo, Cowboys
9. Matt Ryan, Falcons
8. Joe Flacco, Ravens
7. Drew Brees, Saints
6. Philip Rivers, Chargers
5. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
4. Peyton Manning, Broncos
3. Andrew Luck, Colts
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
1. Tom Brady, Patriots

I have an issue with anyone who

A) Has Joe Flacco in the top 10 and ahead of Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, and Tony Romo. Flacco may play like a top-10 QB in the playoffs, but he's a top-20 guy in the regular season.

B) Has Phillip Rivers in the top 6 and ahead of Drew Brees and some of the other aforementioned QBs. Rivers is far too erratic to be this high, especially ahead of a Super Bowl-winning QB like Brees.

C) Has Andy Dalton ahead of Colin Kaepernick. Dalton has never won a playoff game. Kaepernick has won four, including two trips to the NFC Championship and came within a few yards of winning a Super Bowl.