QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 14 vs PIT (3 / 5 / 59 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Quarterback Andy Dalton has started for 80 consecutive games in the NFL since is career began and after an injury in Week 14 that streak will end. One of the NFL's most durable quarterbacks injured his right thumb after an attempted screen pass to Giovani Bernard was intercepted by lineman Stephon Tuitt. He seemed to jam his right hand into the lineman's knee and did not return. He completed three passes for 59 yards including said interception before leaving the game.
2015 Week 13 vs CLE (14 / 19 / 220 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 11 / 1 rush)
Andy Dalton went 14-of-19 passing for 220 yards and two touchdowns and also added a score on the ground in the Bengals 37-3 romp over the Cleveland Browns in Week 13. His passer rating of 146.8 was the second best of his career and is number one in the NFL this season in that category. He eclipsed 3,000 yards this season for the fifth time in his five seasons in the league. The only other quarterback to accomplish that in league history is Peyton Manning. Dalton threw a 57-yard bomb to A.J. Green with 8:25 left in the first quarter that he almost took to the house before he was tripped up. Dalton would then cap the 84-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown off of a quarterback sneak. By the end of the first half the two would hook up for a 23-yard touchdown where Green beats single-coverage cleanly down the left sideline. Dalton connected with wide receiver Marvin Jones late in the third quarter for a 21-yard score that had fans heading for the exits early. It was a nicely thrown ball over top of the defense after faking a hand-off to Giovani Bernard. Dalton clearly trusts A.J. Green to be able to go up and make plays, continuously putting him in opportunities to score points for this offense. With the game in hand Dalton was only forced to throw the ball 19 times, next week should be different against a high flying Pittsburgh Steelers offense.
2015 Week 12 vs STL (20 / 27 / 233 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
The St. Louis Rams had 30 sacks on the seasons but they failed to get through the Bengals offensive line to Andy Dalton in Week 12. Dalton went 20-for-27 for 233 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams and also threw one interception. The Bengals put 31 points on the board, equaling the second most all season against the Rams. On his first touchdown Dalton connected with wide receiver A.J. Green off a clear blown coverage by the defense. Late in the first half Dalton threw his second touchdown of the night to the leader in the NFL in that category Tyler Eifert. Dalton made a great play to look left, pump fake, and immediately come back to the right to hit Eifert on a 22-yard play directly over the top of the Ram's safety. It was a beautiful play fake that made the entire play happen. On the first drive of the second half Dalton threw a very poor interception with the defense in zone coverage in which he failed to set his feet. Marvin Jones was the intended target but Dalton would rebound to throw another touchdown later in the third quarter to A.J. Green, his second of the game.
2015 Week 11 vs ARI (22 / 39 / 315 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 34 / 0 rush)
Andy Dalton can't seem to find consistency through an entire game the past few weeks. He completed 22-of-39 for 315 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday night against the Cardinals in the Bengals second straight loss. Most of his completions came off of check downs with a limited amount of big plays where he went downfield. He took 4 sacks in this game and also lost a fumble. He started the second half with six straight incompletions but was able to bring Cincinnati back on an attempted comeback in the fourth quarter. Off of an interception from Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer, the Bengals went 64 yards on six plays capped by Tyler Eifert's first of two touchdowns. Dalton threw a 3-yard fade route to Eifert who came down with the ball like he has so many times this year already. A.J. Green made a catch on this drive as Dalton made his only big play of the game down the sideline for 42 yards. On his second touchdown pass, Dalton changed the play before the snap to get Eifert one-on-one with Cardinals corner Jerraud Powers who Eifert has a huge size advantage with. It was another fade route in the red zone to Eifert for the score. Dalton connected with Marvin Jones on a huge third-and-26 play in the fourth quarter and later in the drive on fourth down to Mohammed Sanu. These two plays would ultimately set up a Jeremy Hill touchdown to cut the game to a seven point lead for the Cardinals with 11:26 remaining.
2015 Week 10 vs HOU (22 / 38 / 197 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 30 / 0 rush)
Andy Dalton went 22-of-38 in Week 10 against the Houston Texans for just 197 yards and zero touchdowns. He also threw an interception in this game in a game where he really struggled to give his receivers opportunities to make plays. His interception was a pass intended for Marvin Jones in which he severely overthrew the ball. He wasn't on target with the deep ball all night. He could have easily thrown a second interception in the fourth quarter but the Texans defender could not make the easy play. The Bengals converted just four third downs on Monday Night Football including just once in the fourth quarter. The dominated time of possession in the first quarter but could not add to their 3-0 lead and the offense was killed by penalties which amounted to 70 yards in the game. Dalton's tough night was not helped by his receivers dropping passes. Tyler Eifert dropped three passes in this game in which might have been his worst outing of the season. Cincinnati had one last chance in the fourth quarter but A.J. Green was stripped with 40 seconds left in the game at the Texans 23-yard line.
2015 Week 9 vs CLE (21 / 27 / 234 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 5 / 0 rush)
Quarterback Andy Dalton had the worst game of his career last year in this same spot, Thursday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns. Week 9 was entirely different as he went 21-of-27 passing for 234 yards and three touchdowns. Dalton connected in the end zone with tight end Tyler Eifert three times against the Browns and also was the lead blocker on Mohamed Sanu's 25-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Bengals leaned heavily on the running game in this one but Dalton was extremely efficient when called upon, including 12-of-14 passes in the second half. Cleveland was surprisingly able to get some pressure in this game and Dalton was sacked twice, both on third down. His first touchdown pass came in the first quarter off of play action where he threw an absolute laser to Eifert in traffic across the middle who stretched across the plane for the 9-yard score. Late in the first half the duo connected again off a scramble to the left of the pocket. Dalton avoided pressure and launched a high pass on the run into the end zone where Eifert jumped up and made the touchdown grab that gave the Bengals a 14-3 lead. This play was the result of a Browns offside call that negated a failed 4th and 2 attempt by the Bengals the play previous. The chemistry between these two was evident all night, especially in the red zone. The 19-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter was his third of the night came off a great pump fake and touch throw that met Eifert in stride along the left sideline.
2015 Week 8 vs PIT (23 / 38 / 231 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 4 / 0 rush)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw just one touchdown pass against the Steelers but it was when it counted most with just 2:57 remaining in the game. It was a 9-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green off of a nice slant route. This gave the team their first lead of the game. Dalton finished with 231 yards passing and one touchdown on 23-of-38 pass attempts. With that, he secured his 23rd career road win matching Dan Marino, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Ryan for the most by a quarterback in his first five seasons. Dalton did throw two horrendous interceptions in the fourth quarter of this game on throws that probably never should have been made including one in the end zone. This was the first time all year Dalton has thrown multiple interceptions in a single game and was undoubtedly his worst performance to date in 2015. They found a way to win as they scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. Dalton now has three game winning drives for the Bengals this season, now 7-0 on the year.
2015 Week 6 vs BUF (22 / 33 / 243 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Quarterback Andy Dalton led the now 6-0 Cincinnati Bengals to victory against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6 in the shoulders of three touchdowns and 243 yards. Dalton completed 22-of-33 pass attempts and was not sacked in this game. The Bengals have given up the fewest sacks of any team in the NFL through six weeks with just a total of six. Dalton has done well this year getting the ball out quickly and his embarrassment of riches at the skill positions have been making plays. In a game where star wide receiver A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert were held in check most of the game Dalton looked to his supporting cast throwing touchdowns to Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert, and Jeremy Hill. On the first touchdown pass of the game Dalton threw a rare dump-off pass to Jeremy Hill who was able to stay in bounds on the left sideline and jump into the end zone. In the second quarter Dalton threw two passes to Giovani Bernard for 26 and 17 yards respectively on back-to-back plays on a drive that led to a Marvin Jones receiving touchdown. Jones caught a deep pass for 42 yards from Dalton, which was a perfectly thrown ball down the middle of the field. Jones would later haul one in for the 10-yard touchdown a few plays later. His touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert was largely a jump ball for the tight end from 4 yards out and the two continue two continue show chemistry in the red zone. Andy Dalton and the Bengals were able to go up big in the second half, scoring 17 points on their first three drives after halftime.
2015 Week 5 vs SEA (30 / 44 / 331 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 18 / 1 rush)
Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton helped erase a 17-point lead from the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks in Week 5. Dalton threw for two touchdowns and 331 yards through the air with just one interception. He also rushed for 18 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. On the first drive of the game Dalton led the Bengals on an 80-yard drive capped off by an 11-yard Tyler Eifert touchdown in the back of the end zone. Eifert was clearly Dalton's featured receiver in this game. A bad interception to Earl Thomas was due to pass rush, the Cincinnati offensive line gave up a season-high four sacks in this game. He floated this ball a bit, much to close to one of the leagues best defenders who made him pay on the 3rd and 10 in field goal range. Dalton also botched a hand off to running back Rex Burkhead in this game that was returned for a touchdown. On his rushing touchdown Dalton snuck into the end zone from 5 yards out thrived late in the game. On Dalton's second touchdown pass he was able to connect with Eifert on a 10-yard touchdown pass down the seam to cut the lead to 24-14. He led a 69-yard drive with no timeouts to help tie the game with a late field goal from Mike Nugent. It was a signature performance for Dalton and the Bengals, playing like a WR1 Dalton hit Eifert with a huge completion streaking through the middle in regulation that set up the game-tying field goal. He consistently got the ball out quickly against the blitz and was looking to both Eifert and Bernard extensively in the passing game as number one receiver A.J. Green was blanketed by Richard Sherman most of the game. Even with a couple suspect plays it is clear that Dalton has made huge strides in his game this year, and is a big part of the reason the Bengals are 5-0.
2015 Week 4 vs KC (17 / 24 / 321 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
Quarterback Andy Dalton led the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals to their third-best start in franchise history Sunday as they beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday 36-21. Dalton continued to look comfortable in this game completing his first 10 passes on the night. This is the second straight game he has eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark and he added a 55-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Tate on the run. With a passer rating of 127.1 Dalton came into this game trailing just Aaron Rodgers for the top of the league in that category. In the first half he went back to his top receiver early and often as he and A.J. Green continued where they left off in Week 3. On a 3rd and 2 on the first drive Cincinnati would fumble after a low snap but Dalton composes himself to not only recover the football but also go deep down the left side of the field for a 36-yard pass to A.J. Green. This drive would end on Jeremy Hill's first touchdown but it set the tone for the rest of the game, which was dominated by the Bengals. On the last drive of the first half Dalton threw a deep pass through the middle to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu for 52 yards. His lone touchdown of the night came on 3rd and 11 on the first drive of the second half. While throwing on the run, something we don't normally see from Dalton but much more this season, he connects with Brandon Tate off a scramble for the 55-yard touchdown. These out-of-pocket big plays are starting to become the norm for Dalton as his stock continues to soar.
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.
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