FBG says: Neutral matchup. Another week, another badly ineffective game from Andy Dalton and the Bengals pass game. Saddled with a porous front line, and lacking playmaking wideouts A.J. Green and John Ross, Dalton continues to struggle badly to generate anything positive before garbage time.
It's likely Dalton would be more effective if he could stay upright - he's taken 22 sacks through 6 games.The team's offseason dream of pairing first-round left tackle Jonah Williams with sturdy guard Cordy Glenn has yet to be realized, as neither has yet been active. Bobby Hart continues to struggle mightily on the right side, and the interior is a revolving door of replacement-level bodies. When Dalton is able to push the ball downfield, he sorely misses Green's game-changing explosion and catch-point skills. His 6.8 yards per attempt ranks 27th league-wide among 33 qualifiers. Tyler Boyd remains a dependable slot target, averaging 69 yards a game, though he was all but erased Sunday by the Ravens' Marlon Humphrey. If nothing else, there were flashes of dynamism when Dalton targeted Auden Tate. The pair hooked up on 5 of their 12 throws for 91 yards, including a handful on which Tate went high to make impressive catches. Still, even that connection is wildly inconsistent, and there's little reason to expect sudden improvement here. Aside from Boyd's typical volume and a few splash plays from Tate, this attack is barren from a fantasy perspective.
Unsurprisingly, the Jacksonville pass defense is no longer the great unit it was without cornerback Jalen Ramsey. His replacement, Tre Herndon, has been a major liability in his place, and with Ramsey now traded to Los Angeles, Herndon will step into the lineup indefinitely. Auden Tate, the Bengals' top outside receiver, doesn't move the needle much, but still presents a mismatch over Herndon. Luckily for the Jaguars, this unit is stacked elsewhere. A.J. Bouye remains one of the league's best cover men across the field, and he'll spend his share of time on Tyler Boyd, who plays both inside and out. And safeties Jarrod Wilson and Ronnie Harrison have improved of late, doing great work in help coverage down the field and against tight ends. Over the past 4 weeks, the stretch of Delanie Walker, Greg Olsen, Noah Fant, and Jared Cook combined for just 132 yards. Still, this is very much a unit in transition, and it's no longer one for fantasy players to avoid.