Bengals’ Dalton comparing himself with NFL’s best

Andy Dalton
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Cincinnati. Dalton is comparing himself with some of the NFL's top quarterbacks while negotiating a contract extension with the Bengals. He knows the one stat that's holding him back: 0-3 in the postseason. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton isn’t shying away from the comparisons any longer.

The Bengals’ fourth-year quarterback has avoided linking his name with some of the NFL’s best, even as he accomplished things that few others could claim. Now that it’s time to negotiate a long-term deal, he’s begun to place himself in elite company.

Dalton is one of only five starting quarterbacks to lead their teams to the playoffs in each of their first three seasons. He set Bengals records for yards passing and touchdowns last season. Yet there’s one overriding question: Can he win a playoff game? The Bengals are 0-3 in the postseason, with Dalton having some of his worst performances.

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