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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 Nov 20): Dalton threw for three scores against the once fearsome Broncos pass defense. He has a creampuff matchup against the Browns this week, and four of his next five games are at home. He's a suitable backup for the stretch run.

Week 12: vs Cleveland Browns

All QB vs CLE

FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Bengals passing game this season has been based on whether A.J. Green has a great game or not. In three of their last five weeks, the Bengals have been held to 154 yards or less passing as they have struggled against teams that are able to take Green out of the game plan with top-end cornerbacks. Outside of Green, the Bengals have struggled to find a secondary receiver as both Brandon LaFell and Tyler Kroft have been extremely up and down. The Browns pass defense is one that is improving as of late as they have allowed the 12th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last four weeks and are 15th on the season in terms of passing yardage allowed. Jason McCourty continues to be one of the best cornerbacks in football this season and safety Derrick Kindred has been playing much better as of late. This is a defense that while they give up passing touchdowns as they have allowed the fourth most this season is a defense that is capable of stopping the pass and should give the Bengals problems this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs IND 56 17 29 243 2 0 3 10 0 0 21.15
9 at JAX 39 10 18 136 0 0 3 -1 0 0 6.7
10 at TEN 51 20 35 265 2 0 1 0 0 2 19.25
11 at DEN 55 15 25 154 3 0 3 4 0 0 20.1
12 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds * 20 31 * * * 3 * * * *
12 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 19 30 * * * 3 * * * *
12 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom * 20 28 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs DEN (15 / 25 / 154 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Dalton's first touchdown was from 1-yard out and came off of a play action fake that allowed Tyler Kroft to get wide open in the end zone. Dalton led a 75-yard touchdown drive midway through the first half that he capped off with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Alex Erickson. Erickson got behind the defender deep down the left sideline and Dalton floated it perfectly out in front of him. Dalton hit A.J. Green for an 18-yard touchdown on a back shoulder fade. It was a solid overall game for Dalton. He had some passes tipped at the line and pressure up the middle caused some throwaways but the pass protection held up better than expected against the Broncos pass rush. Dalton avoided any costly mistakes and made just enough plays to get the win.

2017 Week 10 vs TEN (20 / 35 / 265 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

The Bengals went to a quick-strike attack in an attempt to scheme around the poor offensive line play. Much of the attack was built on quick slants off of play action from a shotgun formation to hold the linebackers. On the few deep pass attempts, the Bengals used misdirection, roll outs and play action to buy time. Dalton threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell. The Bengals used a play-action fake to the running back and a fake end around to the wide receiver to confuse the Tennessee defense, which allowed LaFell to run uncovered right down the middle of the field for an easy pitch and catch. Dalton lost a fumble on a strip sack from behind when Brian Orakpo ran right around left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. After leading the Bengals inside the Titans 10-yard line on the next drive, Dalton fumbled the snap on 1st-and-goal and wasn't able to recover it. Dalton mostly made the best of what was available to him as a passer but did under throw A.J. Green on his lone deep ball attempt to his star receiver. Green was behind the defense. Dalton did put the Bengals in position to pull off the upset with a late 70-yard touchdown strike to A.J. Green on a slant. However, the Bengals defense couldn't hold the lead and a last minute Hail Mary attempt by Dalton didn't come close.

2017 Week 9 vs JAX (10 / 18 / 136 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)

It is almost impossible to evaluate Dalton's play in this type of game. Jacksonville's outstanding defensive line dominated Cincinnati's struggling offensive line and Dalton was under constant pressure. He did well to take just two sacks and avoid turning the ball over. The situation is especially dire at the offensive tackle spots, where veteran right tackle Andre Smith struggles against the speed rush and left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi continues to be a massive liability. Ogbuehi was put on skates by Jacksonville bull rushes on multiple occasions, causing the pocket to instantly collapse. Dalton also had to play the second half without his top playmaker, A.J. Green, who was thrown out for fighting. Dalton has always been a below-average quarterback when facing pressure. Behind this offensive line, expect him to struggle mightily against any team with a solid pass rush.

2017 Week 8 vs IND (17 / 29 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)

Dalton generally made the most of the hand he was dealt. While he misfired on a couple throws to A.J. Green, he was mostly accurate and efficient when he had time to throw. The pass protection was a massive issue again for the Bengals. Dalton was sacked three times and did well to throw it away multiple times when it looked like a sack was imminent. The offensive line looked confused every time the Colts blitzed and there were free runners in Dalton's face all game. Dalton connected for a 25-yard touchdown to Josh Malone despite a blitzing linebacker breaking through the middle of the line untouched. He had to chuck it side-armed and didn't get much on it due to being hit in the chest as he released, but the pass found its target in the front of the end zone.

2017 Week 7 vs PIT (17 / 30 / 140 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Dalton started strong before things unraveled. He hit A.J. Green for three long gains in the fist quarter and led back-to-back touchdown drives early. The first, he rifled a 6-yard touchdown pass between two defenders to Brandon LaFell in the middle of the end zone. The next touchdown drive ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass off of play action to Tyler Kroft wide open in the back of the end zone. The second half was rough for Dalton. The Bengals were forced to go pass-heavy, which allowed the Steelers line to pin their ears back. Dalton led A.J Green a bit too much trying to squeeze in a slant route between double coverage and Green had the ball bounce off of his hand and straight to the cornerback. The next drive, Dalton forced a third down pass into double coverage toward Josh Malone that was popped into the air for another interception.

2017 Week 5 vs BUF (22 / 36 / 328 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 2 / 0 rush)

Dalton hobbled his way through a gutsy performance to lead the Bengals to victory. In the first quarter, he took back-to-back shots to his left knee and ankle from Jerry Hughes (one of which was flagged) that left him limping. Dalton came out in the second half with the ankle heavily taped and limped throughout the game but should be okay going forward with a Week 6 bye allowing extra time to recover. Dalton came out of the gates firing to A.J. Green and the pair hooked up for an early 77-yard touchdown. Dalton faked the handoff and then lofted a perfect pass deep down the right sideline that Green caught in stride and took the distance. Under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the Bengals have been incorporating some run/pass option (RPO) plays and have had a lot of success with the concept. Dalton has been able to read the linebacker and pull the ball back from the running back and fire it out on a short slant multiple times in recent games. Dalton threw two interceptions. The first one was partially his fault. He threw the ball a little too high and it went through the hands of a leaping A.J. Green. It was a catch Green typically makes without much trouble but the degree of difficulty was made higher due to the high throw and pouring rain. The second interception was on a perfectly thrown slant that hit Green in the chest before popping up in the air. Dalton came back to Green on the next drive and the duo was able to connect for a 47-yard gain. Dalton stood in and delivered the ball 20 yards downfield just over the defender's hands. Green sprinted toward the end zone and was tripped up just a few yards short of another long touchdown. While Dalton has struggled more than most quarterbacks in the face of pressure, he was much better in that regard against the Bills. He stood in and threw strikes with men in his face and also did a nice job scrambling to buy time for guys to get open when the pocket broke down.

2017 Week 4 vs CLE (25 / 30 / 286 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 29 / 0 rush)

Dalton had one of the best performances of his career against the Browns. While Cleveland doesn't have the stoutest defense in the league, it was still impressive how easily Dalton carved them up. Perhaps the best part of Dalton's performance was that he was able to do it without some of his top weapons and without much of a run game. In addition to completing 83% of his passes and throwing four touchdowns, Dalton also had a few well-timed scrambles in big spots to keep the chains moving. The game started inauspiciously with Emmanuel Ogbah overpowering the right tackle and knocking the ball out of Dalton's hand for a fumble on the second offensive play. Dalton opened the second drive with a bullet to A.J. Green in a small window for 16 yards but that drive stalled after a holding penalty set the Bengals back. Once things got rolling on the third drive, the Bengals offense was dominant. Cincinnati scored four touchdowns and a field goal on the next five drive to jump out to a 31-0 lead before taking the foot off of the gas. The first touchdown was a 7-yard touchdown lofted perfectly into the back of the end zone to A.J. Green. Dalton capped the next drive off with a 3-yard touchdown pass on a quick slant to Tyler Kroft. He had long completions to Kroft and Green on the 88-yard drive. The next possession went 83 yards in 3 plays, with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Giovani Bernard on a screen pass. The second half opened with a long field goal drive and the next drive was another 83-yard touchdown drive. Dalton finished it with a 17-yard bullet into a small window to Kroft. Dalton only attempted a couple short passes in the fourth quarter as the Bengals played it safe and ran the ball protecting a 31-point lead.

2017 Week 3 vs GB (21 / 27 / 212 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

There were plenty of positives for Dalton in a bounce-back performance. He hasn't turned the ball over since Week 1 and ran the offense with more confidence and authority under new coordinator Bill Lazor. But Dalton still made a few mistakes and wasn't quite good enough to lead the upset of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Dalton opened the game strong. He finished off the opening drive with a beautiful 11-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green. Dalton looked off the safety then fired the ball into a tight window to Green despite double coverage. It had to be a perfect pass and Dalton put it on the money. Dalton threw his second touchdown early in the second quarter. Giovani Bernard slipped out of the backfield completely uncovered and easily scored on a 6-yard dump off. After the hot start, Dalton was a bit up-and-down in the second half. He didn't see Brandon LaFell running wide open on a crossing route on one third down and took a sack. He also missed an open A.J. Green for what should have been a 25-yard gain down the right sideline when he sailed the pass out of bounds. Dalton did do enough to put the Bengals in a position to pull out the win. In the fourth quarter and with the team backed up at their own 9-yard line, Dalton led a 63-yard drive that took over 6 minutes off the clock and led to a short field goal that put the Bengals up seven with under 4 minutes to play.

2017 Week 2 vs HOU (20 / 35 / 224 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

While Dalton is taking a beating in the media and from Bengals fans, he was basically average in Week 2. It certainly wasn't a standout performance, but when accounting for throwaways and drops, his adjusted completion percentage was 72.3%. Unlike the Week 1 debacle, Dalton didn't turn the ball over. The decision-making was decent. Aside from a misfire on a deep ball that should have been a 20+ yard completion to an open Brandon LaFell, Dalton's accuracy wasn't a problem either. Dalton connected on a 50-yard bomb off of play action in the first quarter to A.J. Green. Dalton placed the ball well and gave his star receiver a chance to go up and make the spectacular catch to move the Bengals into the red zone. Poor play-calling (fake reverse) and J.J. Watt forced the Bengals to settle for a field goal. Dalton led an impressive 64-yard drive in the final 50 seconds of the first half to set up a field goal. He hit Tyler Eifert down the seam for 22 yards and then fired a pretty pass on the run deep down the field to Alex Erickson for 37 yards. Dalton led a long drive to open the second half that should have ended in a touchdown. Dalton rolled out to buy time and hit Tyler Eifert in the back corner of the end zone. But Eifert had lost track of where he was earlier in the play and stepped out of bounds so the touchdown came back.

2017 Week 1 vs BAL (16 / 31 / 170 / 0 / 4 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Dalton was awful. He turned the ball over five times and took five sacks. While much of the blame for the abysmal offensive performance clearly falls on the quarterback, he was setup to fail by poor play calling and horrific protection. Two pass attempts on the opening drive were emblematic of the problems in Week 1. On the first, Dalton looked to get it quickly to A.J. Green, but Green was held up. Bengals center Russell Bodine was immediately walked 7 yards straight back by a bull rush to destroy the pocket. There was no time to even get to a second read before Dalton was forced to throw it away. The next play, a 3rd-and-long, the Ravens got instantaneous pressure from the outside in both directions and Dalton was quickly sacked. Dalton has always struggled against pressure, but even the best quarterback in the league would have had a rough day given the surrounding circumstances. The second drive ended on a Dalton interception. He was trying to hit Green on a slant but Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor made an extremely athletic play to quickly drop and leap to get a hand on the pass, tipping it up in the air into the cornerbacks arms. Not a great decision by Dalton, but you have to tip your hat to the defender for an outstanding play. The third drive of the game ended with Dalton's only truly egregious mistake. After driving the team 82 yards out of the shadow of their own end zone, Dalton made an awful choice to throw towards Brandon LaFell in double coverage in the middle of the end zone, resulting in his second interception of the day. Dalton's worst throw of the day came on the next drive. Cody Core was streaking down the right sideline and had his man beat by at least five yards for what should have been a long touchdown, but Dalton sailed the pass out of bounds. Wind was a factor all game, but it was a throw Dalton has to make. The third interception came just before halftime. Dalton tried to throw a quick slant to Tyler Boyd but Terrell Suggs leaped and the ball ricocheted off of his helmet high into the air and eventually into the hands of a Raven defender. Dalton had another turnover inside the Ravens 10-yard line after he was stripped from behind while trying to roll out to buy time.


Latest News

Bengals | Three scores for Andy Dalton (Sun Nov 19, 10:52 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 15 of his 25 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-17 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 11.

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Bengals | Andy Dalton throws two TDs (Sun Nov 12, 05:12 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton went 20-for-35 for 265 yards and two touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10.

Our View: Dalton was helped by AJ Green's excellent play on a fourth quarter score and a blown coverage on Brandon LaFell's score. He might be emergency depth down the stretch, but he's not a good bye coverage option against the Broncos next week.
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