QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-2, 215||Born: 10-29-1987||College: TCU||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2011|
Week 12: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
FBG says: Tough matchup. It's early yet, but there's been little indication that fourth-round rookie Ryan Finley is the Bengals' answer at quarterback. More likely, he was merely the body in place to benefit from Andy Dalton's inevitable benching. Through 2 starts, Finley has completed just 48% of his throws and produced a woeful 4.6 yards per attempt, with a single touchdown and 2 interceptions. He was ghastly last week against the Raiders, doing little but misfiring downfield and checking down well short of the chains. Dalton is almost certainly done in Cincinnati, so Finley should continue to dink and dunk his way along, with little hope for efficiency. Already down wideouts A.J. Green and John Ross, the Bengals lost Auden Tate last week to a concussion. If Tate can't gain clearance, Finley will have little beyond Tyler Boyd and Alex Erickson to target downfield. Last Sunday, Boyd and Erickson combined to catch two passes for zero yards. The running backs may gain a volume bump as Finley looks to keep control of the game, but no one can be counted on to produce here. The Pittsburgh pass defense continues to post good numbers: just 7.0 yards per attempt and 246 per game, both above-average marks. But it's important to note how much they've been tremendous against the league's lesser quarterbacks. Early in the year, they were worked over in matchups against Tom Brady (341 yards and 3 touchdowns), Russell Wilson (300 and 3), and Jimmy Garoppolo (277 and 1). They showed generally well last week, harassing Baker Mayfield into a shaky game, but allowed just enough splash plays to drive a wedge. That's a running theme, with other recent multi-touchdown games from the likes of Brian Hoyer and Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Steelers have improved greatly on coverage on the outside and deep down the field, where new faces Minkah Fitzpatrick and Steven Nelson have been godsends. But there are liabilities inside, where linebackers Devin Bush and Mark Barron continue to flail badly in coverage. Last week they took turns giving up huge plays to the Browns, including both of Baker Mayfield's touchdowns. The Bengals aren't exactly passing game powerhouses, but they'll at least have a handful of weak spots to pick at this Sunday.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Andy Dalton's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 8 vs LAR (32 / 52 / 329 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Dalton put up big numbers due to throwing 52 times but left too many plays on the field. He had a strong first half, completing 14-of-15 passes early with the only incompletion coming on a slightly overthrown deep ball to Tyler Boyd. His lone touchdown was an easy 1-yard toss to a wide open Joe Mixon. On a couple of occasions, Dalton held the ball too long and took costly sacks. The Bengals drove down to the Rams 30-yard line just before halftime and were in position for a field goal that would have cut the lead to four going into the break but Dalton took a 10-yard sack on third down that pushed the team out of range. Dalton narrowly missed out on a couple touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He threw it three times inside the 10-yard line with seven minutes left and a chance to cut the lead to one score. One was dropped by Auden Tate and Stanley Morgan was stopped a couple yards shy of the goal line on a 4th-down slant. He had a chance to add a garbage time touchdown in the final minute but Auden Tate again dropped a well-thrown ball in the end zone.
2019 Week 7 vs JAX (22 / 43 / 276 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 33 / 1 rush)
Dalton was decent through the first three quarters. The Bengals moved the ball at times despite having no run game, a number of offensive line penalties, and uncharacteristic drops from his top targets. On one first quarter drive, the Bengals got out to midfield and then lost 11 yards on an end around to setup 3rd-and-17. Dalton threw a perfect pass to Boyd over the middle right near the line to gain and Boyd flat out dropped it. Even Alex Erickson, who had a breakout game had a big drop. Dalton dropped it in perfectly over his outside shoulder for what should have been a 40-yard completion and Erickson let it go straight through his hands. Dalton led an 80-yard, 6-yard play touchdown drive that took less than a minute right before halftime. He hit Alex Erickson for 48 yards on a deep crosser and eventually capped the drive off with an easy 2-yard touchdown throw to Joe Mixon. When the wheels came off for Dalton in the fourth quarter, they came off in pretty spectacular fashion. He was leading a long drive and had it deep in Jacksonville territory but threw it behind Tyler Boyd, which allowed Myles Jack to make the interception. It was a fine read, just an awful throw. The Bengals forced a three and out and got the ball back needing a touchdown to tie. Dalton promptly threw a terrible pick six trying to hit Giovani Bernard on a screen. Jacksonville got pressure on him and also held Bernard up from getting into the route and Dalton just threw it up for grabs. After the interception for a touchdown, the Bengals got a long kick return into Jacksonville territory. Dalton threw another interception on the very first play. It was a wobbler towards Tyler Boyd into double coverage. Three interceptions in five snaps. He scored a one-yard rushing touchdown in garbage time.
2019 Week 6 vs BAL (21 / 39 / 235 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 1 rush)
With the way the Ravens were dominating the trenches on both sides of the ball, Dalton needed to be nearly perfect to engineer the upset. He wasn't. He missed high on a short pass to Auden Tate and badly under threw Tyler Erickson deep down the seam. Dalton also threw a terrible interception into triple coverage. He didn't see the linebacker dropping deep into zone coverage who was able to cut in front of the receiver and get a hand on the ball, knocking it into the air for one of the trailing defenders to pick off. Dalton was just barely off on his ball placement with a few other throws as well, making life more difficult for his receivers. Sometimes they were able to bail him out with diving grabs and sometimes they weren't. The Bengals were forced to lean heavily on the quick passing game due to the inability of the offensive tackles to hold up and the lack of deep speed at wide receiver. Dalton is comfortable running that style of offense and was able to lead a couple long scoring drives. He scored the Bengals lone offensive touchdown late in the fourth quarter, running it in from two yards out.
2019 Week 5 vs ARI (27 / 38 / 262 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Aside from a miss in the red zone, it was a good day for Dalton. On one of the key plays of the game, Dalton missed Tyler Eifert for what should have been a 5-yard touchdown. There may have been some miscommunication between the two but for whatever reason, Dalton threw the ball behind Eifert, which allowed the linebacker to knock it down. The Bengals had to settle for a field goal and the four points lost were the difference between a win and a loss. He didn't get a lot of help from his wide receivers outside of Tyler Boyd. Inexperienced players were forced into more prominent roles due to injury and had some tough drops. Dalton was able to kick it into gear late, leading a pair of touchdown drives in the final seven minutes to tie the game at 23-23. He led an 89-yard touchdown drive in under three minutes. He completed eight passes to six different receivers on the drive, getting the ball out quickly and on target. He capped it off with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Auden Tate on what looked like an RPO play. He pulled the ball back from Mixon and fired it over the middle to Tate, who was wide open in the end zone. After a quick three and out by Arizona, Dalton led an 81-yard touchdown drive that took under two minutes. He put it into a tight window, hitting Tyler Boyd in stride on a crossing route that went for 29 yards. A couple plays later, he hooked up with Boyd again on a 42-yard touch-down pass deep down the left sideline to tie the game.
2019 Week 4 vs PIT (21 / 37 / 171 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
No quarterback could have succeeded behind a Bengals offensive line that struggled mightily. Still, Dalton didn't handle the pressure well. He was understandably uncomfortable in the pocket but did a poor job of sensing pressure. The game started out with some promise. Dalton marched the team into Steelers territory on the opening drive with long completions to Tyler Boyd and Tyler Eifert but a blown blitz pickup led to a drive-killing sack. After a turnover by Pittsburgh, Dalton threw a perfect ball to Tyler Eifert in the corner of the end zone that Eifert dropped and the Bengals had to settle for a field goal. It would be their only points of the game. Facing a third and long late in the first quarter, Dalton was hit while releasing a pass in the di-rection of John Ross. It hit Joe Haden in the chest and should have been intercepted. The Bengals had their best drive of the game going, marching into the red zone and racking up 57 yards over five minutes of possession time before a blindside strip sack lost fumble. It's hard to place too much blame on Dalton but maybe he should have sensed the pressure coming and at least turtled to protect the ball. It was that kind of day. Dalton was sacked eight times and took a few other big hits as well. In addition to the sacks, the line also had a number of costly penalties that put the offense in uncom-fortable downs and distances. Dalton's interception came on 4th-and-long in garbage time. He threw it in the general direction of Tyler Eifert but there were multiple Steel-ers in the area.
2019 Week 3 vs BUF (20 / 36 / 249 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Dalton It was another middling performance from Dalton. He wasn't the reason the team lost and had some nice moments nearly leading a comeback but didn't make nearly enough plays to lead a winning effort on the road. The Bengals offensive line is bad but Dalton's below-average pocket presence doesn't help matters. He had a couple passes tipped at the line and had his arm hit as he released the pass on another key third down. Dalton's first interception came on the rare occasion where he didn't seem to be quite on the same page with Tyler Boyd. Boyd ran an out route from the slot about 10 yards downfield and seemed a bit slow to make his break and look back. The Bills corner was able to undercut the route and slip inside Boyd to make the interception. Dalton nearly led the team back for the win in the second half. He led a pair of touchdown drives, finishing the first off with a 1-yard touchdown run on a zone read. He threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Mixon off of play action on the next touchdown drive. A long completion on a screen pass to Mixon set up a go-ahead field goal with five minutes left in the game. After a Buffalo touchdown put the Bills up 21-17, Dalton marched the Bengals down the field in the final minute and was inside the Bills 30 with 20 seconds left when he threw an interception. It wasn't really his fault. He threw it up high to Auden Tate in traffic trying to get a bit closer for one final shot at the end zone and the ball tipped off of Tate's hands to a trailing defender.
2019 Week 2 vs SF (26 / 42 / 311 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Penalties on the offensive line directly caused a number of drives to stall and were the biggest offensive problem for the Bengals. Dalton's inconsistent play didn't help matters. He made a couple poor choices late in the first half that contributed to the game getting out of hand. On a third and long from just outside the red zone, Dalton scrambled and could have picked up at least five yards to setup a short field goal attempt. Instead, he ran three yards past the line and then lofted it up over the head of a tight end down the middle of the field, drawing a five-yard penalty for an illegal pass. Instead of a 40-yard field goal, it was pushed back to a 53-yard attempt that was missed. It was a momentum swinging play. Dalton also threw an awful interception on a 2nd-and-5 just outside of the red zone near the end of the first half. He rolled to his right and threw it towards Tyler Eifert who was bracketed with a safety over top and a linebacker underneath. The pass had no chance and was easily intercepted by Kwon Alexander. Dalton was lucky to have thrown just the one interception. A 49ers cornerback undercut a short out route along the sideline and should have had a pick six but dropped the ball. Dalton had an easy 1-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert off of play action and a meaningless 66-yard touchdown to John Ross in the final seconds of the game. He had a touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd that was called back due to holding.
2019 Week 1 vs SEA (35 / 51 / 418 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The 418 passing yards were a career high for Dalton. In fact, the Bengals had gone 13 straight seasons with Marvin Lewis as the head coach without a 400-yard passing game. In Zac Taylor's debut, the Bengals were much more pass heavy than in past seasons. Dalton threw 51 times despite Cincinnati never trailing by more than four points. Dalton had some missteps. He missed low on what should have been an easy short completion to John Ross, under threw a deep ball to an open Tyler Boyd, and had the rain soaked ball slip out of his hand for a costly fumble in the red zone. He also had a few passes batted at the line. Despite the few miscues, Dalton was excellent overall. He was in full command of the new offense, getting the ball out quickly and on target. He read the defense well and understood where the vulnerabil-ities were. Dalton also had a few highlight-reel worthy throws. The most impressive came on a 55-yard touchdown pass to John Ross in the final seconds of the first half. Dalton threw it over 50 yards in the air, just over the head of the safety, and hit Ross in stride for the long score. He also showed nice touch on a 33-yard flea-flicker touch-down pass to Ross, dropping the ball in behind the corner and in front of the safety.
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