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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 Dec 15): Like his Week 16 opponent Peyton Manning, Dalton is in game manager mode with a defense and running game that is coming on after Week 15. He's not a good choice in any format this week.

Week 16: vs Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton has run hot-and-cold as a passer this year - last week, the Bengals ran the football 45 times for 244 yards and three rushing scores at Cleveland, so Dalton had a 'cold' game, with 14/24 for 117 yards rushing, zero TDs and one interception thrown (taking two sacks for -14 yards). A.J. Green saw the most targets, as usual, with 11, but only managed 5/49/0 receiving in those chances, while nobody else on the team got over 40 yards receiving. Jermaine Gresham's injured toe kept him sidelined last week and he's seeing a toe specialist this week - he looks iffy to play in this key AFC contest. Denver's run D is so good that most teams elect to attack the Broncos through the air (also, the opposition is usually in chase mode due to playing against Peyton Manning's offense) - to date, Denver ranks 16th in the NFL averaging 237.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 26 passing scores allowed vs. 16 interceptions (eighth in the NFL) and 38 sacks (tied for sixth) generated. Philip Rivers wasn't sacked last week (24/41 for 232 yards passing, with one TD thrown) but he was intercepted twice. Two weeks ago, Kyle Orton took four sacks for -14 yards, ending the day with 38/57 for 341 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown. As you can see, the Bronco's ball-hawks have been active and productive in the secondary over the last two games. Dalton and company face a dangerous matchup this week - we've seen four multiple-interceptions-thrown games from him this year, and Denver is noted for going for turnovers - at home in Paul Brown stadium we give this a neutral ranking for Dalton and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at HOU 24 35 233 1 1 7 6 0 0
13 at TB 19 27 176 1 3 3 7 1 0
14 vs PIT 21 29 302 2 0 4 22 1 1
15 at CLE 14 24 117 0 1 2 3 0 0
16 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds 22 35 * * * 3 * * *
16 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay 21 33 * * * 3 * * *
16 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom 16 29 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs TB (19 / 27 / 176 / 1 / 3 pass, 3 / 7 / 1 rush)

Supposedly, Andy Dalton was really sick Saturday night. Whether this was the reason for his horrible first half is debatable. But the first half was truly dismal for Dalton. His 3 int's killed any momentum that Cincy could gain, as all 3 were horrible throws. He started his INT-fest on his first throw of the game. He threw it way behind AJ Green and right into the hands of the Tampa Bay defender. A few series later, Dalton's arm was hit and he threw a duck that was almost intercepted. On the next possession, Dalton got the Bengals down to the Bucs 20 yard line. Then he threw it up into double coverage to Green in the endzone. The cornerback had position on Green and easily intercepted the ball, which never should have been thrown. Dalton did respond with a 2nd quarter scoring drive, that he capped off with a short run on a QB keeper. But ironically, the best passing play of that drive came on a Mohamed Sanu flea flicker. The Bengals got Dalton the ball just before the 2nd half began and Dalton had a chance to get the Bengals a field goal. He responded by throwing a duck off his back foot right to a defender for a horribly ugly interception. But despite all the interceptions, Tampa Bay really didn't capitalize on any of them. This kept the Bengals in the game and gave Dalton a chance to have a big second half. What magic the Bengals coaching staff did at halftime, we'll never know. But he actually played very well in the 2nd half. AJ Green dropped a pass to end a drive on the Bengals first possession of the 2nd half. Then Dalton drove the Bengals for a TD on their next possession. He capped off a nice drive with a perfect pass to Green in the endzone. Green leapt into the air, caught the pass and gave the Bengals the lead. Later on, Dalton threw a bullet to Sanu on 3rd and 16 right at the first down marker on a slant pass, but Sanu dropped it. On the next possession, Dalton was faced with a 3rd and 11, and he pump faked the defender and then hit Wright down the sideline for 30 huge yards that flipped the field position and ultimately won the game. Dalton's up-and-down season continues. The Bengals won a huge game in a week where the rest of their division lost. The defense deserves most of the credit, but Dalton did have a nice second half, rebounding to help the Bengals get a big victory.

2014 Week 14 vs PIT (21 / 29 / 302 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 22 / 1 rush)

Dalton played a flawless game, until the 4th quarter. In the 4th, Dalton mismanaged a fake handoff to Jeremy Hill, fumbled the ball and started the 4th quarter avalanche that lead to a Steelers blowout. Aside from that one mistake, however, he played a great game. Dalton started the game by focusing his attention on AJ Green in the short passing game. The two could not be stopped, as the Steelers had no answer for Green on the short passes. Ultimately, the Bengals were setting up the Steelers and Dalton connected with Green for two deep balls. On the first, Dalton didn't get everything on it, but it was still a really good pass that Green caught and ran for 56 yards. In the 2nd half, Dalton went back to Green on short yardage, and then again fired a deep ball on the final play of the third quarter. This was probably the best deep ball Dalton has ever thrown to Green. It was thrown very well, hit Green in stride, and went for an 81 yard TD that put the Bengals ahead going into the 4th quarter and looked like a turning point in the game. But the 4th quarter was a disaster. First, Dalton's fumble led to a quick TD for the Steelers. On the next series, a penalty put the Bengals in long yardage and resulted in a punt. Roethlisberger immediately countered with a 94 yard TD. Then on the next drive, Dalton threw a strike to Sanu on the sideline about 20 yards upfield, but Sanu dropped the ball and Dalton was drilled by a defender. Dalton returned a play later, but the drop ultimately killed the drive. Dalton's turnover was crucial, but his defense completely laid down in the 4th quarter. Dalton had a big first half, throwing the ball well and even showing surprising speed on his 20 yard QB keeper that went for a 2nd quarter TD. But ultimately it was a disappointing day at home for Dalton and the Bengals. You can't help but think that the next month is going to ultimately decide Dalton's future in Cincinnati.

2014 Week 15 vs CLE (14 / 24 / 117 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

Andy Dalton had a pretty awful game. Fortunately for him, his oline and running backs were amazing. On the second possession, Dalton threw an errant deep ball to Green that should have been intercepted. Then a few plays later, Sanu broke free in the endzone on a fade, but Dalton overthrew him. Then on the next possession, Dalton just threw it up off his back foot, and was very fortunate that he didn't throw another int. Dalton played with fire too long, though, and finally threw an int late in the 2nd quarter. His TE broke free downfield, and Dalton never saw a linebacker sitting on the route. The lob was intercepted, which is a shame because a deeper throw would have gone for a TD. Dalton didn't really need to throw in the second half, as the team was up big, and the Bengals relied on the running game to pound out an impressive win. But in this game, at least, the win really had nothing to do with Dalton. He played poorly on the limited opportunities he had. The biggest question for Dalton is why he rarely looks at Sanu anymore. He focuses on Green, and if Green isn't open, he drops it off to a running back or a short pass. The Bengals won this game impressively, but Dalton really didn't need to have a poor game a week before he gets another big Monday Night matchup.


Latest News

Bengals | Andy Dalton has improved in last month (Fri Dec 12, 06:50 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has improved in the last month ever since his terrible 2.0 passer rating against the Cleveland Browns five weeks ago. 'It's that everybody is on the same page,' head coach Marvin Lewis said. 'We have to get to the right spots, he has to deliver accurate balls, protections and routes have to match. When they don't match, things are going to be bad.' Dalton has rallied the team to a 3-1 record and his completion percentage hasn't been under 68 percent in the last four weeks. It's no surprise to offensive coordinator that Dalton's improved play has come as WR A.J. Green has returned to full health.

Our View: There's good Dalton and bad Dalton. Sometimes we see both in the same game. He's trending the right direction now, but we still like him best as a QB2 for fantasy owners.
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