Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was taken in the second round, but he's winning more than his first-round counterparts. That point was made by NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas in his weekly "QB Watch."
Dalton has led Cincinnati to a 4-2 start while two first-round picks -- Carolina's Cam Newton (first overall) and Jacksonville's Blaine Gabbert (10th) -- have a combined 1-9 record as starters. Minnesota's Christian Ponder, the 12th overall pick, makes his first start Sunday.
There's no question that this is Dalton's team now after the Bengals traded holdout quarterback Carson Palmer to the Raiders on Tuesday.
“The quarterback, he is our centerpiece, and we develop offense through Andy,’’ Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said. “Everything we do comes through Andy. People asked me, ‘How are you going to be with a young quarterback?’ Well, a young quarterback is going to be our offense and he is going to be what our offense is. You can see what we do and we do it through him. That’s why we felt so good about this guy.”