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QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Dalton is not going to be a consideration in our lineups until AJ Green comes back. He had one of the worst performances in NFL history against the Colts. Fewer than 40 QBs have ever thrown for less than three yards per attempt on over 30 attempts in a game.

Week 8: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Without A.J. Green in the lineup, the Bengals offense has sputtered, and last weekend it came to a grinding halt, producing just 18/38 for 126 yards passing for Andy Dalton. Mohamed Sanu led the team with nine targets for 3/54/0 receiving; Jermaine Gresham converted 12 targets into 10/48/0 - and those were the top two receivers last weekend. YUCK! The good news is that Green sounds like he is close to returning - keep an eye on his practice status this week in's Players in the News. Until Green gets back to menace teams up the field, it looks like the Bengals' passing offense is going to be a bad fantasy call. Stay tuned to this developing personnel situation before inserting any Bengal in your lineup this week. The Ravens are a tough draw with or without Green - they lead the NFL with only 104 points allowed this season, and are ranked 24th in terms of passing yards allowed per game (258.4), with seven passing TDs given up balanced by four interceptions (tied-18th in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied-16th) generated. Matt Ryan was sacked five times for -42 yards last week on the way to 29/44 for 186 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions; Mike Glennon was dumped five times for -37 yards to get to 24/44 for 277 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown. Cincinnati is second in the NFL with only six sacks allowed to date - they are pass blocking fairly well so far. This looks like a tough matchup for the struggling Bengals' attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at NE 15 24 204 2 0 2 16 0 0
6 vs CAR 34 44 323 2 2 4 25 0 0
7 at IND 18 38 126 0 0 1 0 0 0
8 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 20 35 * * * 3 * * *
8 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 21 34 * * * 3 * * *
8 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 17 33 * * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NE (15 / 24 / 204 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)

Throughout his career, Andy Dalton has struggled mightily in primetime. This week the Bengals went on the road to face an extremely angry and motivated Patriots team. The Patriots obliterated Cincy, so it stands to reason that the "bad Andy" re-appeared. Early on, Dalton did look a bit shaky. He threw an int to Revis, but Revis fouled AJ on the play and the INT didn't stand. On the second possession, Gio burnt a linebacker on a wheel route and streaked down the sideline and Dalton overthrew him. The errant pass was a huge missed opportunity for Dalton. The bottom line for the first few series is that the entire team looked shaky, from Dalton, to the Oline, to the receivers. But after that, Dalton actually settled down and began playing pretty well. On the fourth drive, Dalton fired a deep in-route to Sanu, and Sanu dropped the ball. Then later in the drive, he threw a perfectly thrown ball to Gresham in the endzone, but Gresham dropped it. That TD drop really hurt the Bengals and they settled for a field goal. On the next possession, Dalton fired a pass to Green over the middle, and Green fumbled the ball. In the second half, things picked up a little bit. After getting a short field due to a punt return, Dalton threw a deep ball to Sanu for a 37 yard TD to get the Bengals close. But then the Patriots responded with a TD and got another TD on a kickoff return fumble, and the comeback was halted. The rest of the game was garbage time, but Dalton played solid throughout. He threw one deep ball to AJ Green, and then hit AJ Green for a TD as soon as Revis went out for an injury. The TD throw to Green was another perfectly placed ball just over the defender. But any additional garbage time points were negated by bad plays by Dalton's weapons. Sanu dropped another pass over the middle that would have extended a drive. Sanzenbacher fumbled at the beginning of another drive, and then Dalton's day was done. Overall, the Bengals problems on offense were all mistakes. A dropped touchdown, 2 drops that ended drives, and 3 fumbles that stopped drives before they had a chance to get going. Dalton's performance wasn't spectacular, as his overthrow on the bomb to Gio hurt as well. But he was solid, and wasn't the issue for Cincinnati, as he threw no interceptions and played pretty well.

2014 Week 6 vs CAR (34 / 44 / 323 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 25 / 0 rush)

The attrition of Andy Dalton's weapons put the Bengals into a difficult spot against an enigmatic Panthers defense. Down to Mohamed Sanu and scrubs in the passing game, it was widely presumed that the Bengals would rely on the running game to try and score points. But for most of the game, the running game wasn't there. Dalton was forced to throw to wide receivers that have been buried on the bench for the last couple of seasons. Despite these issues, Dalton threw for over 300 yards, threw a couple of touchdowns and put up 37 points. Taking over with 2 minutes left in overtime, he led the Bengals down the field and put them in position for an easy field goal, but the kick was missed and the Bengals settled for a tie. That isn't to say that Dalton didn't make mistakes, because he did. Dalton threw 2 interceptions. His first interception was returned 80 yards, but actually wasn't really his fault. The defender got Dalton's elbow right as he was throwing it, forcing a popup right to the defender. Dalton's second INT came on 3rd and 15. Jermaine Gresham was running deep down the middle of the field, and Dalton tried to force it to him. The window was quite small and would have required a perfect throw. Dalton's throw was high and the ball was intercepted. Dalton got away with another bad throw on a drive later in the game. He threw a pass to Sanu on the sideline in double coverage, but the Panthers CB reached out and tipped the ball, and Sanu then grabbed it out of the air for the catch. While it worked out well, the Panthers just missed an INT. It's hard to fault Dalton for those errors, however, as he was trying to make plays with a poor group of weapons. Although Sanu was fantastic, Tate, Sanzenbacher and Gresham are quite limited. Also, the running game never really got going, aside from Gio's one long TD. But Dalton does a great job running the no-huddle offense, making calls at the line, and working the ball down the field. On one of the few times he tried to go deep, he connected, hitting Mohamed Sanu for a 32 yard TD down the sideline. Dalton hung it right over the defender and Sanu used his physicality to get the TD. In overtime, Dalton picked up a couple big 3rd down conversions, but a sack ended the first possession, as the pressure was relentless on Dalton all day. Then he got another chance with 2 minutes left in overtime. Dalton started out with short passes, and moved the ball to midfield. Then he hit rookie James Wright downfield for 24 yards with 40 seconds left in the game, to get the ball into field goal range. Ultimately, it was a very good game for Dalton. Every QB throws int's, and this is especially the case when working with a poor supporting cast, and being put into a position in which you are forced to throw the ball downfield. Dalton made a lot of big 3rd down conversions, he led his team on some big 4th quarter and overtime drives, and he kept the offense alive. Despite all the injuries on offense, the defense is the problem in Cincy, as Dalton has put up points and moved the ball. When/if Green and Jones return, the offense could become a top 5 offense again.

2014 Week 7 vs IND (18 / 38 / 126 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

I don't know if this was Andy Dalton's worst performance as a Bengal, but it was close. The Bengals offense was completely inept. The Bengals opened the game with 8 straight 3 and outs before converting a first down with less than a minute to go in the half. The performance was just horrific all around. Dalton didn't do anything, his Oline was putrid, the running game did nothing, and his receivers got zero separation all day long. As a QB, you take all the blame when you play this bad, and Dalton deserves it. The Colts repeatedly brought the blitz, and Dalton could never make them pay. His receivers couldn't get open, his line couldn't block, and so he was sacked and hurried throughout. Drops weren't a huge factor, but two first downs were dropped by receivers. Without AJ, the Bengals surprised everyone with their offensive potency a week ago. The Colts locked down Sanu and Dalton simply had no one else to go to. His short throws to Gresham were never a threat. His dumpoffs to Bernard almost got Bernard injured. To Dalton's credit, he never lost his composure and threw INT's, but to be fair, the offense was so ineffective, that's honestly not all that important. Also, while Dalton was bad in the first half, the Colts weren't great either. The Colts turned the ball over and played very poorly in the first half. They gave Cincinnati 9 possessions, which is just astounding. But this also makes the Bengals look even worse, as they had opportunity after opportunity, but continued to fail. The Bengals need AJ Green back badly, and they need to right the ship quickly. Another performance like this, and Dalton will start hearing the boo-birds quickly.


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