Dalton's early success trumps Palmer

One of the reasons the Bengals could move on from Carson Palmer was the immediate success of Andy Dalton.

A rookie second-round pick, Dalton has put up better statistics than Palmer did through his first six games as an NFL starter. Dalton has a higher completion percentage, more passing yards, more touchdowns and fewer interceptions.

And Dalton has the advantage over Palmer in the most important category -- wins. He has led the Bengals to a surprising 4-2 start, while Palmer began the 2004 season with a 2-4 record. Dalton has shown a great amount of poise, which has helped in two comeback wins this season.

The most impressive part of this comparison is the fact Dalton is starting as a rookie. Palmer sat for an entire year behind Jon Kitna after he was the first overall pick of the 2003 draft.

If you want to take the comparison further, Dalton has put up similar numbers to what Palmer did even last year as an eight-year veteran.