The measureables: 6-2, 220 pounds, 2nd season. The numbers: 300 of 516 completions (58.1 percent), 3,398 yards, 20 TDs, 13 INTs, 80.4 rating in 2011. Against the Ravens: (0-2), 46 of 89 completions (51.7 percent), 605 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs, 63.2 rating. The challenge: Some pundits questioned the Bengals wisdom behind spending a second-round pick in the 2011 draft on Dalton, who quickly rewarded the organization by replacing the New England Patriots Tom Brady in the Pro Bowl. The only rookie to pass for at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns and win at least eight games, Dalton has been lauded for his accuracy and his mobility. Arm strength has been a question mark, but after connecting with wide receiver A.J. Green for a 50-yard touchdown , Dalton told reporters, My arm feels great, and you can tell everybody that its not even close to what Ive got if I need it. The quote: He has so much upside. He can spin the ball, he knows its placement. Hes got great receivers, hes got a great offensive line. Hes accurate. I think he has all the makings of a great quarterback. He kind of reminds me of Joe [Flacco]. Obviously, Im glad we got Joe. I would take Joe any day, but hes one of those guys. Hes a great quarterback. Hes got the ability to read defenses, hes got the ability to audible at the line. He has great receivers and that makes his job a lot easier. ... . Ravens cornerback Cary Williams, who has seven of his 18 passes defensed against Dalton.
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The measureables: 6-0, 215 pounds, 10th season. The numbers: 253 of 423 completions (59.8 percent), 3,303 yards, 18 TDs, 14 INTs, 84.9 rating in 2011. Against the Ravens: (1-1), 23 of 45 completions (51.1 percent), 263 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 67.2 rating. The challenge: As he has aged, Vicks durability has become an issue. But when healthy, Vick may arguably be the most explosive passer in the league. On Nov. 10, 2010, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns and rush for 50 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdown-to-interception ratio in the past two years is almost 2-to-1 (39 touchdowns to 20 interceptions).. But injuries to his left (throwing) hand and ribs limited his ability to get much work in preseason games, and his health will be a closely-monitored topic in Philadelphia. The quote: Its tough when youve got a guy with the ability to break it with his legs and arm. So hes definitely a big challenge. He just keeps plays alive. Hes able to move around with his feet. He slings the ball like its nothing to him. It just flies out of his hand. Hes just a dynamic player. He creates problems for you because youve got to make sure the defensive line is staying in the lanes because it can be a big play if you leave [the field] open for him. Ravens cornerback Corey Graham, who had seven tackles and one pass defensed as a member of the Chicago Bears against Vick in 2009.
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The Ravens defense is generally regarded as one of the stingiest units in the NFL. Judging by the number of top-flight quarterbacks on the teams schedule, that reputation will be put to the test in 2012. Six of the opposing quarterbacks finished last season ranked in the top 20 in completion percentage, seven in passing yards and touchdowns, and eight in passer rating. Here is a brief look at the eight quarterbacks who should draw plenty of attention from the defense and defensive coordinator Dean Pees. (Order is based on appearance via the Ravens schedule.) [Edward Lee]