QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-2, 215||Born: 10-29-1987||College: TCU||Drafted: Round 2|
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2016 Week 17 vs BAL (18 / 28 / 226 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Dalton came out on fire. He completed his first 10 passes and led touchdown drives on the Bengals first two possessions. He capped the second drive off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Uzomah. The Ravens defense bit hard on a play action fake to Rex Burkhead and Dalton has multiple wide-open targets to choose from as he rolled to his right. Dalton led long drives that ended in field goals in the Bengals other two first-half possessions. It was the fourth time in five weeks that Dalton led the Bengals to points on every single first half possession. An especially impressive feat without A.J. Green in the lineup. The Bengals were able to play with a big lead in the second half and went pretty conservative.
2016 Week 16 vs HOU (28 / 41 / 268 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Dalton was without his top three targets (A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard) and playing behind a makeshift offensive line that featured a pair of overmatched young offensive tackles. The lack of surrounding talent showed. With no fear of the running game, the Texans defense was able to pin their ears back and rush. Dalton took three more sacks and had to throw the ball away on a number of other occasions. Dalton's interception went right through the hands of his intended receiver Tyler Boyd. He probably put slightly too much speed on the pass, but it was till a catch his receiver should have made. Over a third of Dalton's pass yardage came on an 86-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell. It was a short slant and LaFell did the damage with his run after the catch. On an otherwise miserable offensive day, Dalton deserves credit for his work in the two-minute drill. He led a field goal drive in the final minutes before halftime to break the scoreless tie. He also led a late fourth-quarter drive to set up the Bengals for a last second, game-winning field goal (that Randy Bullock missed).
2016 Week 15 vs PIT (16 / 27 / 157 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Dalton was excellent in the first half leading four straight scoring drives, but wasn't able to get anything at all going in the second half. He got a break on the first drive of the game as a face mask penalty while getting sacked kept the drive alive. Dalton hit LaFell with a pair of nice passes to move the team down the field but wasn't able to finish the drive off with a touchdown as a 3rd-and-goal pass to Tyler Eifert in the end zone was well covered. Dalton again leaned on LaFell the next drive. He threw a deep ball to him in the end zone that drew a 39-yard pass interference flag and set the Bengals up at the goal line. Dalton finished off the drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown on a 4th-down quarterback sneak. The Bengals were run heavy inside the red zone and aside from the early target to Eifert, Dalton's only pass attempt inside the 10-yard line was a failed dump off to Rex Burkhead. Dalton threw a bad interception in the second half. He was looking for Tyler Boyd over the middle and didn't see Lawrence Timmons dropping in zone coverage. Aside from the interception, it was hard to pin much blame on Dalton for the second-half collapse. The Bengals consistently lost yardage or had minimal gains running the ball on early downs, which left them in difficult 3rd-and-long situations against a fierce pass rush.
2016 Week 14 vs CLE (20 / 28 / 180 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
Dalton got the Bengals off to a fast start, leading back-to-back touchdown drives on the team's first two offensive possessions. While Dalton was efficient (completing over 70% of his passes and putting up a QB rating of over 100), continued poor play by the offensive line remains a problem. The Browns came into the game last in the league in sacks and hadn't had more than three sacks in any game. Dalton was sacked four in the first half on Sunday. Dalton was able to take care of awful coverage by the Browns defense to hit Tyler Eifert for a pair of easy touchdowns. Dalton capped the first drive with a 14-yard touchdown to Eifert. Eifert used a double move, faking inside before cutting back outside to create easy separation. Later in the first half, Eifert came wide open on a slant from the slot for an easy 5-yard touchdown.
2016 Week 13 vs PHI (23 / 31 / 332 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Dalton was flawless in one of the best performance's of his career. He put together the most efficient passing game of the week. It took just 31 pass attempts to throw for 332 yards. Dalton made some fantastic deep throws, completing 5-of-6 passes thrown 20+ yards downfield for 159 yards. He was also able to avoid taking any sacks despite facing pressure from the Eagles talented defensive line. He made a number of plays after escaping pressure in the pocket and throwing on the run. Dalton was able to keep the chains moving despite facing some 3rd-and-longs. He completed a deep pass for 50 yards to Cody Core to setup Jeremy Hill's short rushing touchdown early. Dalton led a long touchdown drive in the final minutes before halftime, finishing it off with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert in the final seconds of the half to push the lead to 19-0 at the break. Dalton came right back out and led another long touchdown drive to open the second half, hitting a deep ball to Brandon LaFell for 44 yards and then finishing the drive off with an 8-yard touchdown pass over the middle to LaFell.
2016 Week 12 vs BAL (26 / 48 / 283 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
The Bengals first drive stalled after a holding penalty wiped out a big gain. Dalton led a long second drive, but the Bengals had to settle for a short field goal after Dalton was inaccurate on an end zone pass to Tyler Eifert. With a smaller defender in single coverage, a throw to Eifert's back shoulder probably would have been a touchdown, but the pass was thrown too far inside and the defender easily knocked it down. Dalton was charged with a fumble that ended the third drive, but the mistake was on the Center, who snapped the ball early while Dalton was still moving guys around. Dalton faced heavy pressure all day. He did a nice job of scrambling to buy time. On the Bengals long touchdown drive, he bought time and threw on the run for a big gain to Jeremy Hill. He capped the drive off by throwing a 3-yard touchdown to Eifert after scrambling right to extend the play. Dalton had the offense rolling for most of the second half and Cincinnati was in the red zone, positioned to tie the game in the final minute, but the offensive line let him down again by allowing a strip sack by Elvis Dumervil that ended the game. It was by no means a great performance by Dalton and the offense clearly misses A.J. Green. But he played decent and the passing game was fairly successful when pass protection held up.
2016 Week 11 vs BUF (24 / 43 / 207 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 10 / 1 rush)
The Bengals passing offense struggled without A.J. Green. Dalton failed to crack 250 passing yards for the third time this season. But the previous two games in which he didn't top 250, he averaged just 30 passes. Against Buffalo, he managed less than five yards per attempt in throwing the ball 43 times in what was by far his least efficient game of the season. The Bengals top remaining receivers (Tyler Boyd, Brandon LaFell and James Wright) all struggle to create separation. Dalton is going to be forced to be extremely accurate to fit the ball into tight windows. He was able to do that on occasions against the Bills, but when he missed even slightly, balls were knocked down or intercepted. Brandon LaFell ran an awful comeback route with zero separation that led to Dalton's first interception. The second interception was on Dalton as he threw it slightly behind Tyler Eifert, who tipped the ball up and into the arms of a Bills defender while trying to reach back and make the catch. Dalton made a beautiful throw on a short touchdown to Tyler Boyd in the corner of the end zone and the two showed a nice chemistry throughout the game. Dalton scored his third rushing touchdown in the last five games on a read option play at the goal line. With the Bengals struggling to establish the running game, expect continued usage of designed quarterback runs (and option plays) around the goal line. The Bengals will need to get creative to score points down the stretch and it shouldn't be a surprise if they continue to use Dalton as a runner in in the red zone. Even with the slightly increased fantasy upside as a runner, Dalton will be a fantasy QB2 the rest of the way without Green.
2016 Week 10 vs NYG (16 / 29 / 204 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Dalton had a rough fantasy day due to poor blocking from his offensive line and a little bit of bad luck. Dalton led a touchdown drive to open the game. The key play was a 71-yard pass deep down the middle to Tyler Eifert from the Bengals 3-lineman formation, which allowed Eifert to get matched up in single coverage on a linebacker. Two plays later, Dalton found A.J. Green for a 14-yard touchdown. The Bengals faked a quick screen to the wide receiver lined up out wide, Dalton pumped left to bait the linebackers, which allowed Green to find an open spot in the Giants zone in the front of the end zone. Dalton showed off his underrated athleticism throughout the game, escaping pressure and rolling out to buy time for his receivers to get open. He hit Eifert for a big gain on one of these plays. Dalton rushed for 15 yards to convert a key 3rd down late in the game and had another 11-yard scamper called back due to a holding call. Dalton made one big mistake, an ill advised throw into double coverage down the center of the field intended for backup tight end Tyler Kroft that sailed a bit and was easily intercepted by Giants Safety Landon Collins.
2016 Week 8 vs WAS (27 / 42 / 284 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 21 / 1 rush)
Dalton had a slow start. The Bengals were run-heavy in the first half and when Dalton did throw, he wasn't great. In the two-minute drill before halftime, he had A.J. Green open streaking down the sideline and floated a pass well out of bounds. The next play, he tried to force it to Green in double coverage. It should have been picked off, but Josh Norman dropped it. The second half was better for Dalton. He led a long touchdown drive to open the third quarter that included a number of nice gains to his two favorite targets, Green and Tyler Eifert. Dalton finished off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Eifert down the seam. There was some miscommunication between defenders and Eifert was wide-open for an easy pitch and catch. It was more of the same on the next drive. Dalton hit Eifert in traffic over the middle for a 14-yard gain. Dalton led another long touchdown drive on the next possession. He again hit Green and Eifert on key third down pickups. On 2nd-and-goal from the one, he faked the handoff to Hill and kept it on the bootleg. The whole defense bit and Dalton was able to jog into the end zone for the short rushing touchdown. Dalton threw his first interception since Week 3 on a poor decision with pressure in his face. A blitzing defensive back had a free run and Dalton short-armed it toward Eifert, but missed badly, throwing it straight to a Washington defender for a costly red zone turnover early in the fourth quarter. Dalton responded by leading a long touchdown drive on the next possession. He hit Eifert over the middle for 22 yards to convert a third down. The next play he connected deep down the sideline for 40 yards to Green. Dalton had some chances in overtime to win the game, but couldn't convert. He missed Tyler Boyd down the seam on what could have been a big gain to setup the game-winning field goal. With the Bengals driving at midfield with one minute to play in overtime, Dalton fumbled on a QB sneak. He plowed through the line and easily picked up the first down, but took a big hit that popped the ball loose.
2016 Week 7 vs CLE (19 / 28 / 308 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Dalton did almost all of his damage in the first half, as the Bengals leaned on the running game to protect a big lead in the second half. Dalton showed a great rapport with his top two targets, A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell. He completed every single pass thrown in Green's direction. The biggest play was a 48-yard hail mary in the final seconds before halftime. Dalton dropped back and threw a beautiful arcing spiral right to Green who was able to tip the ball to himself and come down with it despite a crowd of defenders in the area. Green also hit a long 44-yard touchdown to LaFell. LaFell beat his man badly on a stop and go route and it was an easy pitch and catch with the defender left on the ground after trying to tackle LaFell as he ran past him out of his break. Green hit Dalton on a perfectly thrown deep ball down the right sideline for 48 yards. He dropped it right over the defender, who had tight coverage and Green made a great play on the ball.
2016 Week 6 vs NE (21 / 31 / 254 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 17 / 1 rush)
Despite the lopsided score, Dalton had a strong game. He came out of the gates on fire, completing his first ten passes. The first incompletion came on a 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line. He threw a fade route to A.J. Green, but the defender was positioned perfectly to cut off Green and the pass sailed incomplete. The next drive, Dalton was again dealing as he started the game completing 13 of his first 14 passes. He squeezed in passes of 22 and 14 yards to A.J. Green and another of 14 yards to Tyler Boyd to get the Bengals into the red zone. The 22-yard completion to Green was a dart thrown into a small window deep down the sideline. The 14-yarder to Green was also right on the money as Green came down with the ball just shy of the end zone in-between multiple defenders. Dalton finished the drive off with a 2-yard rushing touchdown. The Bengals ran option left and Dalton faked a toss to the back to freeze the linebacker before cutting it up inside for the score. Dalton started off the second half hot and led a quick touchdown drive to start the third quarter. The drive featured a 15-yard scramble and long completions to A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. Dalton finished it off with a strike to Brandon LaFell on 3rd-and-goal from the 5-yard line.
2016 Week 5 vs DAL (29 / 41 / 269 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 34 / 0 rush)
Dalton played well, despite the loss. At one point, he completed 14 straight pass attempts despite facing constant pressure. The Cowboys dominated time of possession early and forced the Bengals to play from behind. The Bengals offensive line really struggled once Dallas defenders were able to pin their ears back and rush and Dalton was sacked four times. He could have been sacked many other times but was able to escape and throw on the run. He was able to move the offense in the first half, but penalties and sacks led to drives stalling inside Dallas territory. Conservative decisions by Marvin Lewis led to punts on 4th-and-medium from near the Dallas 40-yard line on the first two drives of the game. Dalton did a nice job tucking the ball and running when plays broke down, showing off his underrated athleticism. Dalton also did well on a number of plays to avoid pressure, step up in the pocket and find a receiver down field. He hit Tyler Boyd for 20 yards after escaping pressure and throwing on the run. Dalton's first touchdown also came after he used his legs to buy time in the pocket, scramble forward and flip it to a wide-open Brandon LaFell in the back center of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown. He lit LaFell later in the fourth quarter for a 5-yard touchdown pass on an out route from the slot.
2016 Week 4 vs MIA (22 / 31 / 296 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / -12 / 0 rush)
Dalton was sharp and efficient. He was unable to connect on a couple red zone throws, which allowed the Dolphins to hang around a little bit. But once it became clear that the Dolphins offense posed little threat, the Bengals game plan turned very conservative. Dalton threw some beautiful deep ball to A.J. Green. On an early 51-yard completion to Green, Dalton stepped up to avoid pressure in the pocket, rolled right and threw a strike on the run deep down the sideline. Green outleaped the defender for the big gain. A few plays later, Dalton hit Green on a 3rd-down crossing route for 19-yards to set up a 1st-and-goal. He threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Green on a quick screen. Dalton flipped it out to the flat and Green did all the work, beating his defender to get into the end zone. Dalton also hit Green for 40 yards with a beautifully thrown deep ball dropped right in behind the corner and ahead of the safety. Dalton showed strong accuracy most of the day. He has a great rapport with Giovani Bernard on throws out of the backfield and is able to hit him on the run, dropping the ball in with perfect timing. Dalton does not have quite the same rapport yet with backup C.J. Uzomah, which contributed to some of the red zone struggles. Dalton had Uzomah wide open on a crossing route for what should have been a touchdown, but the throw was slightly behind him and Uzomah had to slow to make the catch, which caused him to come up just short of the end zone.
2016 Week 3 vs DEN (21 / 31 / 206 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 40 / 0 rush)
Dalton led an impressive touchdown drive late in the first-half. He had three long completions in a row (two to A.J. Green and one to C.J. Uzomah) to move the Bengals inside the Broncos 5-yard line, where Jeremy Hill finished the drive off. The third-and-long throw to Uzomah to keep the drive moving and get the Bengals into the red zone was especially impressive. Dalton threaded the ball in between three defenders down the seam to his big tight end. Dalton threw a horrible interception with the Bengals trailing by two touchdowns late. He tried to force it in to C.J. Uzomah and T.J. Ward undercut the route and popped the ball up into the air, where it was easily intercepted by the Safety. With the Broncos defense playing primarily man coverage, Dalton did well throughout the game scrambling to pick up yards when the defenders backs were turned. He had runs of 10, 11 and 15 yards when the play broke down and nobody was open.
2016 Week 2 vs PIT (31 / 54 / 366 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Dalton had a mediocre performance despite the big yardage totals. He was able to move the offense relatively well between the 20s, but had three long drives stall in the red zone. Jeremy Hill was open for a touchdown on one drive and A.J. Green came open in the end zone on another, but Dalton did not see them and the Bengals were forced to settle for short field goals. He had a short pass over the middle intended for Hill that should have been intercepted, but was dropped by the Steelers defender. Dalton may have had a couple touchdown passes in the first half, but Steelers defenders wisely grabbed the open receiver, drawing interference penalties while keeping the Bengals out of the end zone. When the Bengals went down two scores midway through the fourth quarter, Dalton led an impressive scoring drive that finished with a 25-yard touchdown completion to Giovani Bernard. Dalton had the Bengals driving inside the Steelers 40-yard line down eight points with just under two minutes left, but a controversial fumble by Tyler Boyd ended the threat.
2016 Week 1 vs NYJ (23 / 30 / 366 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Andy Dalton's production in the passing game was extraordinary given how much pressure he faced. He was the first quarterback to pass for 320+ yards while getting sacked at least seven times since Aaron Rodgers accomplished the same feat in 2009. Dalton was especially effective in making audibles at the line and getting the Bengals into the right plays to attack the Jets corners when he saw a favorable one-on-one matchup. He showed tremendous chemistry with A.J. Green all day. The duo connected on a number of plays despite strong coverage, with Dalton putting the ball where only his receiver could get it and Green making spectacular plays on the ball. A number of the sacks Dalton took were due to great coverage. He was unable to get the ball out quickly to his primary reads and the pocket collapsed before he could throw the ball away. The one mistake Dalton made was the only play in which he forced the ball into coverage. Facing 3rd-and-15 with pressure coming up the middle, he threw towards Tyler Boyd running an out route from the slot. The Jets were in a zone. The outside corner dropped off his man to step in front of Boyd for the easy interception. Dalton made one poor throw that probably cost him a touchdown pass. He had CJ Uzomah wide open near the end zone, but pressure in his face caused him to throw off his back foot and the ball wobbled out and Uzomah couldn't snag the ball down around his knees. Dalton was impressive in his accuracy down the field. He dropped it in the bucket on deep completions to Uzomah and Brandon LaFell for big gains.
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