12. QB A.J. McCarron, CIN

It’s nothing personal A.J., but out of the 12 quarterbacks in the playoffs, you’re definitely at the bottom of the barrel.

He has a 2-1 record as a starter, but that’s not including the Steelers game that Cincinnati lost in Week 14 when Andy Dalton went down. In total this season McCarron has thrown for 854 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions with a 66.4 percent completion percentage.


Not bad. In fact, those are very good statistics. Those are exactly the type of stats that you want out of your backup quarterback as your team is trying to close out the season and secure a playoff spot. Cincinnati won the division and they did so without any hiccups because McCarron did his job.

The playoffs are a different story. When McCarron leads this team against Big Ben’s Steelers–who come into the playoffs excited and hungry thanks to a New York Jets debacle against Buffalo–McCarron is going to be the underdog. Bengal fans better hope their offensive line is able to give the second-year backup enough time to find holes in Pittsburgh’s shaky secondary.

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I'm a senior journalism and communications major at THE University of Connecticut, as well as a die hard Jets and Knicks fan. College football and basketball have their place in my heart, but the NFL is my pride and joy.