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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 Sep 28): Dalton had a huge game despite some misfires against a defense and opponent that has given him trouble in the past. With this aggressive passing approach and plethora of weapons, we should consider Dalton a QB1 going forward and heading into Kansas City this week.

Week 4: vs Kansas City Chiefs

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Andy Dalton and company blew up at Baltimore last week - Dalton threw 20/32 for 394 yards passing, three TDs and one interceptions, and A.J. Green was a fantasy monster with 13 targets for an astounding 10/227/2 receiving - he blew past an outclassed Baltimore secondary routinely last week. Marvin Jones was second fiddle to Green (eight for 5/94/1), while Giovani Bernard chipped in with four for 3/34/0 and Mohamed Sanu posted four for 2/28/0 in his #3 wide receiver role. The Bengals fired on almost all cylinders last week, but Tyler Eifert owners were unhappy (zero receptions). It's all good on this unit entering Week Four. The Chiefs' pass D was buzz-sawed by Aaron Rodgers last Monday night - when the torture was over K.C. had allowed 24/35 for 333 yards passing, five TDs and zero interceptions to the Green Bay machine. To date, the Chiefs are ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 287.0 net yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores coughed up vs. only two interceptions generated. The Chiefs do have nine sacks (tied for fifth in the NFL), but that is not a consolation after the devastating loss to Green Bay. This looks like a great matchup for the nuclear-hot Bengals. Also, the rushing attack faces an uphill battle against the Chiefs so look for Dalton to be slinging the ball a bunch again this weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at OAK 68 25 34 269 2 0 4 1 0 0 21.55
2 vs SD 66 16 26 214 3 0 5 10 0 0 23.7
3 at BAL 77 20 32 383 3 1 5 10 1 1 36.15
4 vs KC PROJ-Dodds * 24 34 * * * 2 * * * *
4 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay * 20 31 * * * 5 * * * *
4 vs KC PROJ-Bloom * 19 30 * * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 3 vs BAL (20 / 32 / 383 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 10 / 1 rush)

Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals blew a 14-0 lead in this game and trailed in the 4th quarter more than once before he and A.J Green absolutely went off against a subpar Baltimore Ravens pass defense. Dalton went 20/32 for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns in this game as well as a rushing touchdown and one interception. He was nearly intercepted in the first quarter as well on a pass that bounced off of A.J. Green's hands and into the air. Penalties kept this drive alive multiple times. On a collapsed pocked on 3rd and 5 Andy Dalton stepped up and ran it in from 7-yards out for the games first touchdown. On the second drive of the game Dalton was targeting wide receiver Marvin Jones heavily and threw him a touchdown pass for the second straight week. It was a 16-yard strike after Jones beat press coverage over the middle of the field catching a ball throw into tight coverage by Dalton. On the first drive of the second half Dalton went for it all on 3rd down and connected in stride with his number one receiver A.J. Green down the sideline for a big 46-yard gain deep into the red zone. Cornerback Jimmy Smith for the Ravens steps in front of A.J. Green in the end zone for the interception as Dalton tried to hit Green over the top. Another big play for the Baltimore defense would come in the second half where Andy Dalton is sacked and fumbles to C.J. Mosley who takes this fumble recovery in for a defensive touchdown. This brought the Ravens ahead for the very first time in this game and Dalton responded with an 80-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green on the very next play. Green got separation where he caught a deep pass down the seam from Dalton in stride and shook off tackles from both Jimmy Smith and Will Hill to get into the end zone. This was a huge turning point in the game with just under seven minutes remaining. On the game winning 80-yard drive shortly after, Dalton took Cincinnati down the field in just six plays. He hit his running back Giovani Bernard with a 23-yard catch down the sideline and then connected with Marvin Jones for a huge 31-yard catch he brought down with one hand. The eventual game-winning touchdown pass by Dalton to A.J. Green came just two plays later after he audibled to move tight end Tyler Eifert from out wide to the line of scrimmage. This allowed him to hit Green with the fade route into the left corner of the end zone they had missed on earlier in the game. It was a 7-yard touchdown pass and would hold up as the game winner after a defensive stop by the Bengals.

2015 Week 2 vs SD (16 / 26 / 214 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 10 / 0 rush)

Andy Dalton went 16/26 and finished Week 2 with 214 yards passing and three touchdowns, each to a different receiver. Dalton has thrown no interceptions or taken one sack through two weeks of games and is showing the versatility this offense has. The offensive line played great in front of him in this game, both in pass protection and run blocking. After a San Diego muffed punt in the first quarter Dalton throws his first touchdown pass of the game out of the shotgun where he was able to find A.J. Green in the end zone for a 16-yard catch over the top of cornerback Brandon Flowers. Dalton again connects with A.J. Green with a deep pass down the middle for 23 yards. These two are really starting to get going along with the addition of Tyler Eifert in the red zone and as Dalton's security blanket when facing pressure. Andy Dalton caps off a 6-play, 84-yard drive taking a shot to Marvin Jones deep who gains separation for the touchdown to make the game 14-6 in favor of Cincinnati. Dalton is letting his receivers make plays and clearly trusts them to come up with the ball in traffic in this game. His 9-yard throw to Tyler Eifert showed great touch and anticipation and put the Bengals in control of this game. Dalton did overthrow receivers consistently in this game or he could have had an even bigger day. Overall he was content to make very little mistakes and used his running backs in the screen game well to avoid pressure.

2015 Week 1 vs OAK (25 / 34 / 269 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)

Andy Dalton threw for a meager 269 yards and two touchdowns but he made very few mistakes in Week 1. The first play for the Cincinnati Bengals offense would serve to be a theme for the game as it was a pass from Andy Dalton to not A.J. Green, but tight end Tyler Eifert. He was able to avoid pressure and find Eifert on numerous occasions for short gains where Eifert could do damage after the catch and gain first downs. Dalton did a good job of getting the ball out quick and taking small chunks of yardage early. He overthrows A.J. Green who could have taken the long pass to the house if the throw was on target in the first quarter. That combination could have had a much bigger day as in the second quarter A.J. Green also drops a pass in the end zone after a nice pump fake and timing throw from Andy Dalton. The drive ends in a field goal for Cincinnati. Dalton threw both of his touchdown passes to Eifert in this game and the chemistry between them was strongly apparent all game long. Dalton threw a pass to Marvin Jones in the end zone that was both low and behind the receiver. The very next play he throws his first touchdown pass of the season to Tyler Eifert in tight coverage. He gives his tight end the opportunity to go up and make a play and that's exactly what happened. Dalton led a methodical second half largely with short passes to Giovani Bernard and Tyler Eifert. Dalton does a good job of scrambling away from pressure in the third quarter and threw a great ball to Rex Burkhead just over the head of the Raiders defender. The run game was very efficient in the second half but Dalton did get going a bit with his top receiver A.J. Green. The two hooked up on two back-to-back crossing routes off play action on the same drive and nearly connected on a big play down the sideline directly after. Andy Dalton threw his second touchdown of the night in the third quarter to Tyler Eifert in an almost identical play to their first connection in the end zone. Dalton was giving his receivers the chance to make plays all night, and make plays is exactly what they did.


Latest News

Bengals | Hot start to continue for Andy Dalton? (Fri Oct 2, 09:59 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton faces the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, and the Chiefs have allowed a league-high 10 touchdown passes in 2015.

Our View: Dalton should stay hot against the vulnerable Chiefs secondary coming off of a short week. He's been a top 5 quarterback in every format, and that should hold for Week 4.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton's rating much higher (Tue Sep 29, 05:38 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton possesses a total quarterback rating of 84.0 through three games this year. His best single-season total quarterback rating was 56.8 in 2013.

Our View: The offense is flowing through Dalton. A large reason why he's experiencing such a strong season is the presence of TE Tyler Eifert. He's a seam-ripper who attracts the safety's attention. Having WR Marvin Jones healthy also helps out Dalton and this passing game. In 2015, Dalton has the 3rd-most fantasy points of any quarterback so far this season.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton has career day (Mon Sep 28, 12:10 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton was 20-for-32 for a career-high 383 yards, three touchdowns and an interception against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3.

Our View: Run to the waiver wire if Dalton is still out there in your league. The Bengals are flowing through him as a passer, and he's responding. Having a healthy Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones have really helped jump-start this passing attack.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton continues strong start (Sun Sep 20, 07:15 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 16 of his 26 pass attempts for 214 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-19 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 2, and he has five touchdowns and no interceptions through the first two games of the season.

Our View: Dalton had a great game using his full complement of weapons. The Ravens pass defense doesn't look so tough after Derek Carr lit them up today, so Dalton is a viable start next week.
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