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QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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2017 Week 17 vs BAL (23 / 44 / 222 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Dalton played well, taking care of the ball and making clutch throws when needed. The opening drive ended in a 1-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Kroft off of play action. Dalton fit it in perfectly, over the outstretched arms of the linebacker where only a leaping Kroft could get to it. Dalton barely missed some long hookups with A.J. Green, with Green twice failing to get his second foot down inbounds on deep balls down the sideline. It was chemistry with Kroft and Tyler Boyd that keyed the Bengals offense. Kroft made a number of key catches to get the ball into the red zone and then Dalton hit him in the back of the end zone on a broken coverage for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Dalton led a successful two-minute drill offense at the end of the first half to setup a short field goal. With the game on the line, Dalton engineered a game-winning 90-yard drive. The drive was finished off when Dalton fired it into a hole in zone coverage 30 yards downfield to Tyler Boyd, who then cut it outside and raced for a 49-yard touchdown.

2017 Week 16 vs DET (27 / 41 / 238 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)

Dalton got off to a slow start, in part due to some drops. He also threw a terrible interception early when he sailed the ball well over A.J. Green's head and into the chest of a safety. Much of the passing success came on screen passes and short outs to the running backs, who combined for 11 receptions and over 100 receiving yards. Dalton's lone touchdown came on a 1-yard touchdown pass to the backup tight end off of a play action fake.

2017 Week 15 vs MIN (11 / 22 / 113 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Dalton will take more blame than he probably deserves for the debacle against the Vikings but he did throw two inexcusable interceptions. He threw late over the middle trying to fit it into tight coverage to Alex Erickson but a dropping linebacker easily read Dalton's eyes and picked off the pass, taking it the other way for a touchdown. On what looked to be a run-pass-option play, Dalton pulled the ball back from Giovani Bernard and threw a quick slant trying to hit Brandon LaFell but the route was well covered and undercut by Terence Newman for the easy interception. There was no running game to slow the pass rush, people in his face constantly and a couple costly drops.

2017 Week 14 vs CHI (14 / 29 / 141 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Dalton got off to a decent start, hitting Brandon LaFell for a 14-yard touchdown on an out route along the sideline to give the Bengals the lead in the first quarter. While Dalton had taken care of the ball well and went over a month without an interception, he made a number of dangerous throws into coverage that should have been picked off against the Bears. On separate throws to A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, the receivers had to play the role of defensive back and knock the ball away from defenders who were in position for the interception. One of Dalton's longest completions of the day was another pass that should have been intercepted. The cornerback stepped in front of the pass for a potential pick six and had it ricochet off of his chest into the air where Green hauled it in and turned up field for a nice gain. Dalton's luck eventually wore out. Trying to squeeze it into double coverage to Green, the ball hit Green in the facemask and popped into the air where it was intercepted. With the Bengals getting destroyed, Dalton was pulled midway through the fourth quarter for A.J. McCarron.

2017 Week 13 vs PIT (21 / 36 / 234 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)

Dalton almost got into trouble a couple times trying to squeeze the ball through double coverage into A.J. Green but was able to avoid an interception for the sixth straight game. Dalton also threw two touchdown passes and has 20 in his last 10 games. Both touchdowns were to A.J. Green, one from 8 yards out and the other from the 15-yard line. The duo also hooked up for a 61-yard touchdown on a well-placed deep all that was called back due to a holding call on Giovani Bernard. Dalton made a number of clutch throws on 3rd-and-longs to keep drives moving. He hit Brandon LaFell on an especially pretty ball down the sideline for a gain of 27 to setup a field goal.

2017 Week 12 vs CLE (18 / 28 / 214 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 26 / 0 rush)

Dalton continues his streak of solid play. He has taken care of the ball, last throwing an interception way back in Week 7. While there were a couple costly breakdowns in pass protection (including a key 3rd-and-goal play), the offensive line continues to show steady improvement. While it won't be mistaken for a strength of the team any time soon, the line is no longer killing the Cincinnati offense like it was early in the season. The improved run blocking by the offensive line has also made the Bengals more dangerous on play action. Both of Dalton's touchdowns were easy throws to wide open receivers after the Browns defense bit on play action. The first was a 9-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Tyler Boyd and the second was an easy throw into the back corner of the end zone to Tyler Kroft for a 1-yard touchdown. The Bengals had two other drives stall out inside the Browns 10-yard line. On one, Dalton was sacked on third down when Myles Garrett destroyed left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi with a bull rush. On the other, it looked like Joe Mixon ran the wrong route and accidentally broke up an end zone throw intended for Tyler Kroft. Dalton has used his athleticism in recent weeks and was able to break off a career-long run of 25 yards when the pocket broke down and he scrambled up the middle.

2017 Week 11 vs DEN (15 / 25 / 154 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Dalton's first touchdown was from 1-yard out and came off of a play action fake that allowed Tyler Kroft to get wide open in the end zone. Dalton led a 75-yard touchdown drive midway through the first half that he capped off with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Alex Erickson. Erickson got behind the defender deep down the left sideline and Dalton floated it perfectly out in front of him. Dalton hit A.J. Green for an 18-yard touchdown on a back shoulder fade. It was a solid overall game for Dalton. He had some passes tipped at the line and pressure up the middle caused some throwaways but the pass protection held up better than expected against the Broncos pass rush. Dalton avoided any costly mistakes and made just enough plays to get the win.

2017 Week 10 vs TEN (20 / 35 / 265 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

The Bengals went to a quick-strike attack in an attempt to scheme around the poor offensive line play. Much of the attack was built on quick slants off of play action from a shotgun formation to hold the linebackers. On the few deep pass attempts, the Bengals used misdirection, roll outs and play action to buy time. Dalton threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell. The Bengals used a play-action fake to the running back and a fake end around to the wide receiver to confuse the Tennessee defense, which allowed LaFell to run uncovered right down the middle of the field for an easy pitch and catch. Dalton lost a fumble on a strip sack from behind when Brian Orakpo ran right around left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. After leading the Bengals inside the Titans 10-yard line on the next drive, Dalton fumbled the snap on 1st-and-goal and wasn't able to recover it. Dalton mostly made the best of what was available to him as a passer but did under throw A.J. Green on his lone deep ball attempt to his star receiver. Green was behind the defense. Dalton did put the Bengals in position to pull off the upset with a late 70-yard touchdown strike to A.J. Green on a slant. However, the Bengals defense couldn't hold the lead and a last minute Hail Mary attempt by Dalton didn't come close.

2017 Week 9 vs JAX (10 / 18 / 136 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)

It is almost impossible to evaluate Dalton's play in this type of game. Jacksonville's outstanding defensive line dominated Cincinnati's struggling offensive line and Dalton was under constant pressure. He did well to take just two sacks and avoid turning the ball over. The situation is especially dire at the offensive tackle spots, where veteran right tackle Andre Smith struggles against the speed rush and left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi continues to be a massive liability. Ogbuehi was put on skates by Jacksonville bull rushes on multiple occasions, causing the pocket to instantly collapse. Dalton also had to play the second half without his top playmaker, A.J. Green, who was thrown out for fighting. Dalton has always been a below-average quarterback when facing pressure. Behind this offensive line, expect him to struggle mightily against any team with a solid pass rush.

2017 Week 8 vs IND (17 / 29 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)

Dalton generally made the most of the hand he was dealt. While he misfired on a couple throws to A.J. Green, he was mostly accurate and efficient when he had time to throw. The pass protection was a massive issue again for the Bengals. Dalton was sacked three times and did well to throw it away multiple times when it looked like a sack was imminent. The offensive line looked confused every time the Colts blitzed and there were free runners in Dalton's face all game. Dalton connected for a 25-yard touchdown to Josh Malone despite a blitzing linebacker breaking through the middle of the line untouched. He had to chuck it side-armed and didn't get much on it due to being hit in the chest as he released, but the pass found its target in the front of the end zone.

2017 Week 7 vs PIT (17 / 30 / 140 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Dalton started strong before things unraveled. He hit A.J. Green for three long gains in the fist quarter and led back-to-back touchdown drives early. The first, he rifled a 6-yard touchdown pass between two defenders to Brandon LaFell in the middle of the end zone. The next touchdown drive ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass off of play action to Tyler Kroft wide open in the back of the end zone. The second half was rough for Dalton. The Bengals were forced to go pass-heavy, which allowed the Steelers line to pin their ears back. Dalton led A.J Green a bit too much trying to squeeze in a slant route between double coverage and Green had the ball bounce off of his hand and straight to the cornerback. The next drive, Dalton forced a third down pass into double coverage toward Josh Malone that was popped into the air for another interception.

2017 Week 5 vs BUF (22 / 36 / 328 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 2 / 0 rush)

Dalton hobbled his way through a gutsy performance to lead the Bengals to victory. In the first quarter, he took back-to-back shots to his left knee and ankle from Jerry Hughes (one of which was flagged) that left him limping. Dalton came out in the second half with the ankle heavily taped and limped throughout the game but should be okay going forward with a Week 6 bye allowing extra time to recover. Dalton came out of the gates firing to A.J. Green and the pair hooked up for an early 77-yard touchdown. Dalton faked the handoff and then lofted a perfect pass deep down the right sideline that Green caught in stride and took the distance. Under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the Bengals have been incorporating some run/pass option (RPO) plays and have had a lot of success with the concept. Dalton has been able to read the linebacker and pull the ball back from the running back and fire it out on a short slant multiple times in recent games. Dalton threw two interceptions. The first one was partially his fault. He threw the ball a little too high and it went through the hands of a leaping A.J. Green. It was a catch Green typically makes without much trouble but the degree of difficulty was made higher due to the high throw and pouring rain. The second interception was on a perfectly thrown slant that hit Green in the chest before popping up in the air. Dalton came back to Green on the next drive and the duo was able to connect for a 47-yard gain. Dalton stood in and delivered the ball 20 yards downfield just over the defender's hands. Green sprinted toward the end zone and was tripped up just a few yards short of another long touchdown. While Dalton has struggled more than most quarterbacks in the face of pressure, he was much better in that regard against the Bills. He stood in and threw strikes with men in his face and also did a nice job scrambling to buy time for guys to get open when the pocket broke down.

2017 Week 4 vs CLE (25 / 30 / 286 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 29 / 0 rush)

Dalton had one of the best performances of his career against the Browns. While Cleveland doesn't have the stoutest defense in the league, it was still impressive how easily Dalton carved them up. Perhaps the best part of Dalton's performance was that he was able to do it without some of his top weapons and without much of a run game. In addition to completing 83% of his passes and throwing four touchdowns, Dalton also had a few well-timed scrambles in big spots to keep the chains moving. The game started inauspiciously with Emmanuel Ogbah overpowering the right tackle and knocking the ball out of Dalton's hand for a fumble on the second offensive play. Dalton opened the second drive with a bullet to A.J. Green in a small window for 16 yards but that drive stalled after a holding penalty set the Bengals back. Once things got rolling on the third drive, the Bengals offense was dominant. Cincinnati scored four touchdowns and a field goal on the next five drive to jump out to a 31-0 lead before taking the foot off of the gas. The first touchdown was a 7-yard touchdown lofted perfectly into the back of the end zone to A.J. Green. Dalton capped the next drive off with a 3-yard touchdown pass on a quick slant to Tyler Kroft. He had long completions to Kroft and Green on the 88-yard drive. The next possession went 83 yards in 3 plays, with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Giovani Bernard on a screen pass. The second half opened with a long field goal drive and the next drive was another 83-yard touchdown drive. Dalton finished it with a 17-yard bullet into a small window to Kroft. Dalton only attempted a couple short passes in the fourth quarter as the Bengals played it safe and ran the ball protecting a 31-point lead.

2017 Week 3 vs GB (21 / 27 / 212 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

There were plenty of positives for Dalton in a bounce-back performance. He hasn't turned the ball over since Week 1 and ran the offense with more confidence and authority under new coordinator Bill Lazor. But Dalton still made a few mistakes and wasn't quite good enough to lead the upset of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Dalton opened the game strong. He finished off the opening drive with a beautiful 11-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green. Dalton looked off the safety then fired the ball into a tight window to Green despite double coverage. It had to be a perfect pass and Dalton put it on the money. Dalton threw his second touchdown early in the second quarter. Giovani Bernard slipped out of the backfield completely uncovered and easily scored on a 6-yard dump off. After the hot start, Dalton was a bit up-and-down in the second half. He didn't see Brandon LaFell running wide open on a crossing route on one third down and took a sack. He also missed an open A.J. Green for what should have been a 25-yard gain down the right sideline when he sailed the pass out of bounds. Dalton did do enough to put the Bengals in a position to pull out the win. In the fourth quarter and with the team backed up at their own 9-yard line, Dalton led a 63-yard drive that took over 6 minutes off the clock and led to a short field goal that put the Bengals up seven with under 4 minutes to play.

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.


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