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Friday, December 30, 2011
Dalton looking to join Flacco and Ryan

By Jamison Hensley

The Bengals' Andy Dalton can join Joe Flacco's elite rookie group by beating the Ravens quarterback Sunday.

Dalton can become the fifth quarterback ever to win 10 games or more as a rookie starter, matching the likes of Flacco and the Falcons' Matt Ryan. That's not bad for the 35th overall pick in the 2011 draft and the fifth quarterback taken.

Flacco and Ryan have continued their winning ways beyond their rookie seasons. Flacco has won 43 games since being a first-round pick in 2008, the most through a quarterback's first four seasons among those who began their careers in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). Ryan, who entered the league in 2008, has led Atlanta to 42 victories.