Since both of these guys came into the league at the same time, I thought a comparison of their overall production would be fun. Here it is:
Career: Games Comp % Yards Y/A TD's TD% Int. Int% Rate 4QC GWD
Newton 52 59.9 12,282 7.7 69 4.3 43 2.7 87.1 7 7
Dalton 52 61.1 12,286 7.1 84 4.8 50 2.9 86.6 6 11
But, of course, Newton has a tremendous edge in mobility so let's add in their rushing stats for a total offense, total touchdown comparison:
Total yards Total Touchdowns Total Offense per game Total Touchdowns per game
Newton 14,356 97 276 1.9
Dalton 12,769 92 246 1.8
The mobile Newton has a clear edge, though it is probably not as great as most people would assume. Also, a scrambling Quarterback is not an unmixed blessing. While Newton has been sacked 125 times to Dalton's 100, he has also LOST 937 yards on those sacks, compared to 579 yards for Dalton. In any event, those numbers were not included, though for a more honest appraisal, they probably should have been.
And for this year (both have played 4 games):
Comp % Yards Y/A TD's TD% Int. Int% Rate 4QC GWD
Newton 61.2 983 7.6 5 3.9 1 0.8 87.1 0 0
Dalton 64.8 926 8.6 4 3.7 1 0.9 100.3 1 1
Personally, I am looking forward to seeing what Dalton can do with A.J. Green on the bench, although Green has not been his dominant self this year. As a matter of fact, Panthers rookie Kelvin Benjamin has been arguably just as effective this season with Green averaging 78 yards a game and Benjamin 73 yards per game.
I say the Panthers find a way to run a little on a suddenly suspect Bengal defense, get just enough pressure to make Dalton uncomfortable and pull out a 20-17 upset on the road.
Enjoy the game everyone !!!
Dalton is ok but in the end he seems to lose composure at crunch time. that is just my perception.