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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 26): Dalton predictably was a dud against the Broncos elite pass defense this week. The doormat Dolphins defense that made the Browns offense look viable with Cody Kessler is up next, so expect Dalton to be a great streamer for Week 4. He still has our confidence in neutral and plus matchups.

Week 4: vs Miami Dolphins

All QB vs MIA

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tyler Eifert (ankle) has yet to make it through a full practice or participate in 11-on-11 drills, making it unlikely he will be ready to play in Week Four against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, September 29, according to ESPN's Bob Holtzman on Tuesday, September 27. Andy Dalton (21/31 for 206 yards passing, zero TDs and one interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -17 yards) will once again go into battle with A.J. Green (11 targets for 8/77/0 receiving) and a sub-par cast of supporting receivers (Brandon LaFell was third on the team with three targets for 2/34/0 receiving against the Broncos last week). This group is limited entering Week Four, folks. Miami went to overtime against a rookie quarterback (the Browns' Cody Kessler) and a 'slash' veteran (QB/RB/WR Terrelle Pryor) in Week Three, allowing 24/38 for 261 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with four sacks generated for -18 yards. So far this season, Miami averages 267.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given out vs. one interception and nine sacks generated. Over the first three weeks of the season, Miami has averaged 19.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-least in the NFL); and 28.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-most); with 9.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (10th-most). This is not a secondary that scares other NFL teams. Two sub-par units face off in this matchup - that sounds about even to us.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at NYJ 57 23 30 366 1 1 3 7 0 0 22
2 at PIT 76 31 54 366 1 0 2 7 0 0 23
3 vs DEN 67 21 31 206 0 1 6 40 0 0 13.3
4 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 23 35 * * * 3 * * * *
4 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 20 32 * * * 5 * * * *
4 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 20 29 * * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Bengals | Efficient night for Andy Dalton (Thu Sep 29, 11:39 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 22 of his 31 pass attempts for 296 yards and a touchdown in a 22-7 win over the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Sept. 29.

Our View: Dalton had a chance for a much bigger game, but Tyler Boyd dropped a touchdown and the offense stalled out to force five Mike Nugent field goal attempts. He's still a viable streamer against the mediocre at best Cowboys defense next week.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton shaky in Week 3 loss (Sun Sep 25, 05:49 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 206 yards and an interception Sunday, Sept. 25, in a 29-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Our View: We'll give Dalton a pass for this one because of the matchup. Miami is up next week and they made Cody Kessler look viable today, so Dalton will earn streamer consideration once again.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton on track to play (Fri Sep 23, 06:45 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

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Bengals | Andy Dalton practices (Wed Sep 21, 07:21 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (hip) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Bengals | Andy Dalton hobbled after loss (Sun Sep 18, 10:39 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (ankle) was hobbled and limping in the locker room after the Week 2 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to an ankle issue.

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