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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 Sep 18): Dalton is seeing ghosts and angry fans who have watched him be unable to get his team over the goal line in two home games. He'll go to Lambeau this week in what could be a last stand. Dalton is droppable in typical leagues.

Week 3: at Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton has had a very rough start to the season as his Bengals offense has yet to score a touchdown in either of their first two games. Dalton has been extremely ineffective, completing only 54.5% of his passes with four interceptions while taking eight sacks behind a struggling offensive line. In large part to this poor offensive line play against the pass rush, Dalton has had very little time to find any of his receivers. Dalton made some big throws against the Texans last week while protecting the ball without any turnovers, but he still made a startling number of bad reads and overthrows. Dalton was not helped a ton by his receivers, being forced to throw it away five times as his targets could not get open. A.J. Green led the team with six catches on eight targets for 67 yards. Dalton has targeted the tight end position on only 7% of attempts this season--a league-low. This is not good for Tyler Eifert, who hauled in three receptions for 42 yards last week after only catching one ball for one yard in Week 1. The Packers defense was lit up for 34 points last week. Their passing defense held last year's MVP Matt Ryan at bay, statistically, allowing him to pass for only 252 yards and one touchdown. However, Ryan did what exactly what he needed to do as the Falcons relied heavily on their rushing attack due to their early lead. The Packers secondary still looked good on the pass plays they did have to defend though. Rookie cornerback Kevin King was a shining star for the Packers as he didn't allow a single reception when targeted, in addition to defending a pass in what should have been a mismatch against Julio Jones. The Packers pass rush was very strong last week as well, dropping Matt Ryan three times for 29 negative yards. Clay Matthews applied solid pressure as he led the team with 1.5 sacks. Safety Kentrell Brice and cornerback Davon House both had to leave the game with injuries last week, both neither appeared on the team's injury report thus far this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs BAL 61 16 31 170 0 4 1 2 0 1 3.7
2 vs HOU 64 20 35 224 0 0 2 5 0 0 11.7
3 at GB PROJ-Dodds * 23 35 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at GB PROJ-Tremblay * 21 35 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at GB PROJ-Bloom * 21 34 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 | Andy Dalton, OC hoping to sync up (Sat Sep 23, 09:36 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton and new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor are not yet at the point where they are speaking the same 'language,' according to Lazor. 'The challenge here right now is making things come out of my mouth real smooth,' Lazor said. 'I can't have any errors.'

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Bengals | Andy Dalton to remain starter (Fri Sep 15, 12:17 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton will remain the starting quarterback, according to head coach Marvin Lewis, who said Dalton's job was not in jeopardy.

Our View: When coaches have to answer this question, the end is in sight. Unless Dalton turns it around soon - he faces the Packers in Lambeau next week - he will lose the team and AJ McCarron will be in.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton does little in Week 2 (Fri Sep 15, 12:06 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 20 of his 35 passes for 224 yards against the Houston Texans on Thursday, Sept. 14. Dalton was sacked three times and did not register a touchdown or an interception.

Our View: Dalton is clearly rattled and making unforced errors in addition to problems from pressure given up by his offensive line. He is not usable in start one quarterback fantasy leagues until further notice.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton has struggled vs. Houston (Thu Sep 14, 02:20 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has a 1-5 record and thrown three touchdowns and seven interceptions in six career games against the Houston Texans.

Our View: Given last week, that's an ominous stat. We'd avoid Dalton like the plague given the bad offensive line in front of him and the good Texans front seven coming at him.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton has horrific opening game (Sun Sep 10, 09:18 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 16 of his 31 pass attempts for 170 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions in the Week 1 loss against the Ravens.

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