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QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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General News (Tue Sep 16): has not been hit once on 63 dropbacks so far this season.

Week 3: vs Tennessee Titans

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Bengals have thrown for over 300 yards passing in each of their first two games - last week, Andy Dalton (15/23 for 252 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions) was helped out by Mohamed Sanu (1/1 for 50 yards passing) - neither guy was sacked during Week 2. Sanu not only threw an impressive, on-target long bomb, he also racked up four targets for 3/84/1 to account for the only TD pass from Dalton during the game. Giovani Bernard (six targets for 5/79/0), Brandon Tate (three for 1/50/0), Dane Sanzenbacher (four for 2/42/0) and Jermaine Gresham (three targets for 3/25/0) were all also heavily involved after A.J. Green was forced out of the lineup due to aggravating a foot/toe injury. Dalton is getting the job done even without his #1 and #2 (Marvin Jones, rehabbing after foot surgery) wide receivers on the field. During Week One, Alex Smith was sacked four times for -24 yards, hit five other times, intercepted three times, and ended the day with a mere 19/35 for 178 net yards passing, with one TD thrown vs. Tennessee. Tony Romo watched his backs pile up 43/220/1 rushing at Tennessee last week, so Romo didn't have to throw much (19/29 for 148 net yards, one TD with zero interceptions thrown, and four sacks taken for -28 yards). The Titans are tied for second in the NFL with eight sacks so far this year, and they haven't allowed much in the way of passing yards, either, as you can see. Dalton and company are diminished without Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones - also, A.J. Green is proving iffy during September due to his nagging toe injury. Meanwhile the Bengals' backs have a great matchup - we think the team will slant the game plan towards the rushing game this week. Advantage, Tennessee.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at BAL 25 38 301 1 0 6 3 0 0
2 vs ATL 15 23 252 1 0 3 6 0 0
3 vs TEN PROJ-Dodds 24 37 * * * 3 * * *
3 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay 23 36 * * * 4 * * *
3 vs TEN PROJ-Bloom 20 29 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs BAL (25 / 38 / 301 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 3 / 0 rush)

Despite being 3rd all-time in passing yards and TD in the first three seasons of a player's career, Andy Dalton has taken a beating among the media this off-season. 20 interceptions and a 3rd straight playoff loss have not done him any favors. So a week one matchup in a stadium in which he has never won, against a team that he threw 7 int's against last year seemed like the worst possible start for Dalton's 2014 campaign. The off-season has been full of proclamations that the Bengals were going to be a running team, and Dalton's value has amazingly plummeted in fantasy circles to the point where he isn't even in the top 15 in many people's preseason polls. Against the Ravens, new coordinator Hue Jackson obviously had one thing in mind: Don't turn the ball over. Dalton started the game throwing it short, and kept things short and safe the entire game. In the first half, Dalton repeatedly led the Bengals down the field with short slants, screens and out patterns, and had no trouble moving the ball. Unfortunately, the offense repeatedly stalled in Baltimore territory. On the first possession, Dalton threw it away to end the drive. On the second possession, Hue Jackson had Dalton run a QB keeper, which not surprisingly didn't work against the physical Ravens defense. Dalton failed to convert another 3rd down on the 3rd possession with another QB keeper. Later in the first half, Gresham was wide open deep in Ravens territory, but Gresham didn't finish running the route and the miscommunication cost the Bengals an easy TD. Also, on numerous occasions Dalton simply threw the ball away. It was obvious he was coached to make no mistakes in this game, a decision that seemed to serve Cincy well. The second half was full of miscommunications and errors. The new offense looked much different than the old one, was being run at a fast pace, and miscommunication with Green and Sanu stalled a few drives. Jackson called reverses, Dalton ran the triple option, and the offense obviously wasn't sharp. The conservative approach and the lack of a solid running game almost cost the Bengals the game. A deep pass to Steve Smith gave the Ravens the lead deep in the 4th quarter. For the first time in the game, Dalton had to throw the ball deep downfield, and the result was spectacular. Two daggers in a row buried the Ravens. First Dalton threw a deep ball down the right sideline and hit AJ Green in stride. Green juggled it due to great defense by the CB, but Green adjusted, made the play and walked in for an astounding 78 yard TD. Then Dalton threw it up at the pylon to Sanu and Sanu made the catch for the 2-pt conversion. Overall, the offense isn't clicking and the loss of Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert (as well as Hawkins from a year ago) have severely limited the number of receiving options for Dalton. But despite that, Dalton threw for 300 and hit a big game-winning bomb to AJ Green. Overall, despite the issues, it's a great start for Dalton under Hue Jackson. He was able to eradicate the turnovers, move the ball and beat a tough defense on the road.

2014 Week 2 vs ATL (15 / 23 / 252 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)

Dalton is on the best team of his young career. The narrative that you may see over the next few days, is that the Bengals are turning into a run-first team. This may in fact play out as the season goes on. But Dalton and the Cincy offense are losing offensive weapons at an alarming rate. Already without Marvin Jones to start the year, they've lost Eifert and AJ Green in successive weeks. Once AJ went out at the start of this game, Dalton was surrounded with perhaps the worst set of receivers in the league. Even the fourth string WR from a year ago, Hawkins, has found his way to Cleveland. This played out poorly in the first few drives. Twice, the Bengals got down into the redzone and were unable to score TD's. The receivers were unable to get open, and Dalton simply threw the ball out of bounds. A year ago, Dalton would throw the ball up in the endzone. But he showed no such confidence in this game. Aside from a few deep slants to Dane Sanzenbacher, Dalton got the majority of his yards on 3 plays. 2 of them were dumpoffs to Bernard. But the play of the day for Dalton came in the third quarter. The Falcons came with everyone on a blitz. Dalton stood in and fired the ball to Sanu on a slant. The ball was placed perfectly, Sanu caught the ball, beat his man and raced 76 yards for an easy TD, as there was no one in the secondary. It was great recognition and bravery from Dalton in one of the few occasions he had through the air. Overall, Dalton's numbers are going to be down until his receivers return. The running game is going well, the defense is playing other-worldly, and he has no one to throw to. The good thing for Dalton is that he hasn't thrown any interceptions, and hasn't been sacked yet all season. But whether that is the result of an improved Andy Dalton or a run-heavy gameplan remains to be seen. All we know is that Dalton has protected the ball and thrown 2 big TD passes in the first two weeks. Will the gameplan change when Green and Jones return? That is the big question.


Latest News

Bengals | Andy Dalton staying upright (Mon Sep 15, 06:42 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has not been hit once on 63 dropbacks so far this season.

Our View: Dalton has worked well in the new Hue Jackson offense. He may not finish the season as a top-3 fantasy quarterback like he did in 2013, but Dalton could finish the season as a low-end QB1.
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