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QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

6-2, 215Born: 10-29-1987College: TCUDrafted: Round 2

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Week 13: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
9 vs JAX 19 31 233 2 2 2 11 0 0
10 vs CLE 10 33 86 0 3 3 8 0 0
11 at NO 16 22 220 3 0 5 12 0 0
12 at HOU 24 35 233 1 1 7 6 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs CLE (10 / 33 / 86 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Andy Dalton had one of the worst QB performances in recent memory on Thursday night, completing just 10/33 passes and throwing three interceptions. While Cleveland's defense put up a strong showing, much of Dalton's struggles appeared to be due to his own poor play. Dalton's protection began to deteriorate as the game went on as it appeared that his offense became more and more demoralized. The Bengals ran the ball somewhat effectively early on, but Dalton continuously failed to keep drives going by throwing wildly inaccurate passes to his receivers on a regular basis. As a result, the Bengals fell behind 17-3 at halftime. Dalton's woes began on his first possession, where after three strong runs from rookie RB Jeremy Hill led to a first down, Dalton tossed a head scratching pick on a short pass to Jermaine Gresham with a linebacker standing directly in front of his huge target. Despite Dalton's ineptness in moving the ball, Cincinnati was never completely out of the game, and Dalton had plenty of opportunities to get drives going. But Dalton was unable to complete any passes down the field, setting the Bengals up with long third downs on nearly every possession. Dalton's 10 completions were almost entirely checkdowns and passes under 10 yards. His lone highlight of the game came on a nice seam route run by Sanu who nearly executed a beautiful one-handed catch while getting mugged and drawing a PI penalty. With the Bengals now in the redzone, Dalton threw multiple incompletions, including a pass where he was at least five yards beyond the LOS that got called for an illegal forward pass and Cincinnati had to settle for a field goal. The Bengals would never threaten to score again. Dalton's two other interceptions came in the fourth quarter with the Bengals down 24-3, but he could have thrown at least one more ball that was dropped by the Cleveland secondary. There really is nowhere to go but up from here for Dalton.

2014 Week 11 vs NO (16 / 22 / 220 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 12 / 0 rush)

One week after one of the worst quarterbacking performances we've seen in a long time, Andy Dalton and Cincinnati went on the road to face Drew Brees and the Saints. Dalton turned in his best game of the season, throwing 3 td's, playing flawless football, and getting a huge win for Cincinnati. Dalton looked very calm and poised. His passes were on the money as well. The Bengals had a number of long drives and only punted twice in the game. On each drive, Dalton made huge 3rd down conversions. On the first drive he hit Wright for 8 yards on 3rd and 8. Dalton finished the drive with a pass to Gresham near the goalline that Gresham fumbled but got back in the endzone. On the next drive, Dalton hit AJ on 3rd and 2 for a short comeback route. Then he fired a pass to AJ in the endzone but the ball just grazed the ground and was ruled incomplete. The Bengals settled for a field goal. In the 2nd half, Dalton threw a nice pass to Sanu on 3rd down that was dropped by Sanu. On the next possession, he made another big 3rd down throw while under heavy pressure. He scrambled to the outside and hit Burkhead coming out of the backfield to get the conversion. Then he finished the drive with a nice playaction pass to Gresham rolling off a block for another TD. As the 4th quarter began, Dalton quickly erased any thoughts of another collapse by leading the Bengals on a huge TD drive. Facing a 3rd and 18 deep in his own territory, Dalton threw a deep 38 yard bomb to Green down the right sideline. The throw was picture perfect. After a slant pass to Green for another first, he then threw a 24 yard lob right into AJ's hands for the Bengals final TD. In this particular game, Dalton was perfect. He made no mistakes, made big plays, was extremely accurate, and led the Bengals to a huge win.

2014 Week 12 vs HOU (24 / 35 / 233 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 6 / 0 rush)

With a healthy AJ Green, Andy Dalton started the game off looking like the Andy Dalton of 2013. The offense was moving fast, Dalton was throwing darts to AJ Green, and the Bengals were moving the ball down the field. In the first half, Dalton threw a short pass to Mohamed Sanu for a 6 yard TD, and the Bengals seemed in control. Just when it seemed as if the Bengals would completely take over the game, Dalton made a horrific mistake. He got blitzed and threw a lackluster pass toward AJ Green on the right sideline. Jonathan Joseph stepped in front of it, intercepted it and ran it back for a TD. After that, Dalton's next drive looked horrible and it seemed as if he might fall apart. But he rebounded enough to at least get the Bengals into position to kick 2 2nd half field goals that ultimately got the Bengals the victory. But the Andy Dalton we saw in the first half is the type of QB that the Bengals want him to be. He made quick decisions, got the ball to his receivers quickly and accurately, and rarely let the ball hit the ground. For Dalton the problems are upstairs. When he makes a mistake, as most QB's do, he struggles to overcome it. Once he threw the interception, he never seemed as crisp and in control as he was in the first half. Overcoming mistakes is the area Andy Dalton needs to improve on if he wants to take that next step.

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Latest News

Bengals | Andy Dalton steps up his game (Sun Nov 16, 06:09 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 16 of his 22 pass attempts for 220 yards and three touchdowns in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints, posting a career-high passer rating of 143.9 in the process. He credited former Bengals QB Boomer Esiason for a conversation earlier in the week. 'He said, 'Go play your game',' Dalton said Sunday, Nov. 16. ''Get this thing going. Don't let that Thursday game mean anything. Get everyone going because we're talented'. It meant a lot to me. I'm glad he reached out. He's somebody I can talk to.'

Our View: Dalton's swing was the biggest one-week spread in passer rating in NFL history. While it's good to see him regain form, the wide range of possible outcomes makes us queasy at the idea of plugging him in our lineups.
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Schedule

13@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
16vs Denver Broncos
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers