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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 17): All Dalton did was follow up his worst game of his career with his best - at least if you look at passer rating as an accurate measure of quality of play. That range of weekly outcomes can make you nauseous, but if you need an emergency/injury QB2 for the playoff run, it looks like Dalton will do.

General News (Tue Nov 18): completed 16 of his 22 pass attempts for 220 yards and three touchdowns in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints, posting a career-high passer rating of 143.9 in the process. He credited former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason for a conversation earlier in the week. "He said, 'Go play your game'," Dalton said Sunday, Nov. 16. "'Get this thing going. Don't let that Thursday game mean anything. Get everyone going because we're talented.' It meant a lot to me. I'm glad he reached out. He's somebody I can talk to."

Week 12: at Houston Texans

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Andy Dalton has yo-yo'ed from entirely awful (10/33 for 86 yards receiving, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown vs. the Browns two weeks ago) to efficient (16/22 for 220 yards passing, with three TDs and zero interceptions thrown at New Orleans last week). Last week, he re-established chemistry with A.J. Green throwing him nine targets for 6/127/1 receiving, while Rex Burkhead (three for 3/36/0) and Mohamed Sanu (six for 3/23/0) helped move the chains. Jermaine Gresham (three for 2/13/2) hauled in two scores from Dalton last weekend but has been involved only erratically from week to week for the Bengals - one of the TD catches was extremely fortunate. In any case, though, the Bengals' passing attack bounced back under hostile conditions in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Sunday. The Houston pass D allowed 20/50 for 317 yards passing, one TD and one interception (with two sacks for -13 yards) to the Browns last week, and saw Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles pile up 24/34 for 293 net yards, three TDs and three interceptions, with four sacks taken for -33 yards back in Week 9. As you can see, 300+ yards passing games have been routine for Houston's opponents during November (the Texans are ranked 31st in the NFL averaging 278.1 net passing yards per game, with 19 passing scores balanced by 11 interceptions and 21 sacks generated to date - tied for eighth in the NFL and 19th in the NFL, respectively). This looks like a great matchup for Dalton and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
8 vs BAL 21 28 266 0 1 6 14 2 1
9 vs JAX 19 31 233 2 2 2 11 0 0
10 vs CLE 10 33 86 0 3 3 8 0 0
11 at NO 16 22 220 3 0 5 12 0 0
12 at HOU PROJ-Dodds 21 35 * * * 4 * * *
12 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay 20 33 * * * 3 * * *
12 at HOU PROJ-Bloom 19 31 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs JAX (19 / 31 / 233 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

Dalton had one of his most inconsistent and erratic performances of the year. He mixed in some great throws with some terrible decisions. He threw long balls on the money, and was also careless with the ball. The Bengals ended up winning the game, but Dalton was on the path to implosion in the 4th quarter until Jeremy Hill's 60 yard TD run. Where does this leave us with Dalton, heading into a dreaded primetime game? First, the good. Dalton had some beautiful throws. On the third Bengals possession, Dalton hit Sanu just as Sanu broke past his man for a 19 yard strike and his first TD. Ball was thrown perfectly. On the next possession, Dalton dropped a 32 yard bomb right over Sanu's shoulder for a long play. Then Dalton threw another strike to AJ Green in the endzone, but unfortunately the play was called back because Green was lined up offsides. In the second half, Dalton threw another 36 yard lob to Sanu, again right over his shoulder in perfect position. This throw setup a short TD run for Hill. Then later in the 2nd half, after benefitting from a Adam Jones punt return, Dalton threw a dart to AJ Green for his 2nd TD. The throw was perfect. But surrounding that TD were some pretty awful plays. Now the ugly. In the first half, Dalton almost threw two interceptions. First, he threw a deep ball to AJ Green on a 9 route, and the defender outfought Green for position and almost came down with it. At the end of the half, Dalton had a pass tipped at the line, and it was almost intercepted. In the 2nd half, after leading the team to a TD, he threw a bad interception on the next drive. He tried to hit Sanu over the middle, and the defender undercut the deep route and stepped in front of Sanu for the INT. On the next drive, Dalton got hit on the arm, and almost fumbled, but it was ruled an incomplete pass. He was quite careless with the ball. This carelessness cost him two series later. Dalton kind of tried to just sling it out to his RB, and somehow threw it into the back of one of his linemen. The ball ricocheted right into the hands of Jacksonville for an ugly interception. Dalton looked visibly shaken after that play. Even after Hill saved the game with the long TD run, Dalton looked frustrated. This makes two games in a row where the wheels started to come off in the 2nd half for Dalton. Now he gets a night game against Cleveland. The fans started to boo Dalton in the 2nd half after his 2nd INT. Right now the AFC North is a dogfight. Andy Dalton's career could be defined over the 2nd half of this season. If he collapses, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Bengals begin to look in a different direction. The frustrating thing for the Bengals and for fantasy owners of Dalton, is that he can look so good at times. With AJ back, and with the impending return of Gio and Eifert, this offense should be explosive. But Dalton has to stop shooting himself in the foot. His accuracy must improve, or he won't remain the QB of this offense. The time for excuses are over. The 2nd half of this season is an audition for his future with Cincy.

2014 Week 10 vs CLE (10 / 33 / 86 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Andy Dalton had one of the worst QB performances in recent memory on Thursday night, completing just 10/33 passes and throwing three interceptions. While Cleveland's defense put up a strong showing, much of Dalton's struggles appeared to be due to his own poor play. Dalton's protection began to deteriorate as the game went on as it appeared that his offense became more and more demoralized. The Bengals ran the ball somewhat effectively early on, but Dalton continuously failed to keep drives going by throwing wildly inaccurate passes to his receivers on a regular basis. As a result, the Bengals fell behind 17-3 at halftime. Dalton's woes began on his first possession, where after three strong runs from rookie RB Jeremy Hill led to a first down, Dalton tossed a head scratching pick on a short pass to Jermaine Gresham with a linebacker standing directly in front of his huge target. Despite Dalton's ineptness in moving the ball, Cincinnati was never completely out of the game, and Dalton had plenty of opportunities to get drives going. But Dalton was unable to complete any passes down the field, setting the Bengals up with long third downs on nearly every possession. Dalton's 10 completions were almost entirely checkdowns and passes under 10 yards. His lone highlight of the game came on a nice seam route run by Sanu who nearly executed a beautiful one-handed catch while getting mugged and drawing a PI penalty. With the Bengals now in the redzone, Dalton threw multiple incompletions, including a pass where he was at least five yards beyond the LOS that got called for an illegal forward pass and Cincinnati had to settle for a field goal. The Bengals would never threaten to score again. Dalton's two other interceptions came in the fourth quarter with the Bengals down 24-3, but he could have thrown at least one more ball that was dropped by the Cleveland secondary. There really is nowhere to go but up from here for Dalton.

2014 Week 11 vs NO (16 / 22 / 220 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 12 / 0 rush)

One week after one of the worst quarterbacking performances we've seen in a long time, Andy Dalton and Cincinnati went on the road to face Drew Brees and the Saints. Dalton turned in his best game of the season, throwing 3 td's, playing flawless football, and getting a huge win for Cincinnati. Dalton looked very calm and poised. His passes were on the money as well. The Bengals had a number of long drives and only punted twice in the game. On each drive, Dalton made huge 3rd down conversions. On the first drive he hit Wright for 8 yards on 3rd and 8. Dalton finished the drive with a pass to Gresham near the goalline that Gresham fumbled but got back in the endzone. On the next drive, Dalton hit AJ on 3rd and 2 for a short comeback route. Then he fired a pass to AJ in the endzone but the ball just grazed the ground and was ruled incomplete. The Bengals settled for a field goal. In the 2nd half, Dalton threw a nice pass to Sanu on 3rd down that was dropped by Sanu. On the next possession, he made another big 3rd down throw while under heavy pressure. He scrambled to the outside and hit Burkhead coming out of the backfield to get the conversion. Then he finished the drive with a nice playaction pass to Gresham rolling off a block for another TD. As the 4th quarter began, Dalton quickly erased any thoughts of another collapse by leading the Bengals on a huge TD drive. Facing a 3rd and 18 deep in his own territory, Dalton threw a deep 38 yard bomb to Green down the right sideline. The throw was picture perfect. After a slant pass to Green for another first, he then threw a 24 yard lob right into AJ's hands for the Bengals final TD. In this particular game, Dalton was perfect. He made no mistakes, made big plays, was extremely accurate, and led the Bengals to a huge win.

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Latest News

Bengals | Andy Dalton steps up his game (Sun Nov 16, 06:09 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 16 of his 22 pass attempts for 220 yards and three touchdowns in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints, posting a career-high passer rating of 143.9 in the process. He credited former Bengals QB Boomer Esiason for a conversation earlier in the week. 'He said, 'Go play your game',' Dalton said Sunday, Nov. 16. ''Get this thing going. Don't let that Thursday game mean anything. Get everyone going because we're talented'. It meant a lot to me. I'm glad he reached out. He's somebody I can talk to.'

Our View: Dalton's swing was the biggest one-week spread in passer rating in NFL history. While it's good to see him regain form, the wide range of possible outcomes makes us queasy at the idea of plugging him in our lineups.
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12@ Houston Texans
13@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
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