QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-2, 215||Born: 10-29-1987||College: TCU||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2011|
Week 15: vs New England Patriots
FBG says: Bad matchup. The Bengals will once again start Andy Dalton after they seemingly have abandoned the Ryan Finley experiment. Dalton has kept the Bengals in both of the games since coming back from the benching as he played a key role in beating the Jets and lost a close game to the Browns last week. Dalton provides more stability to the Bengals making them more competitive. The Bengals did suffer a tough injury this week as Auden Tate was placed on IR and with no signs of A.J. Green coming back this season will make the options for this offense limited outside of Tyler Boyd and John Ross who returned last week but saw just 51% of the snaps. The recent struggles from the Patriots can not be blamed on their pass defense which continues to be the best in the NFL this season. This is a unit that has not allowed a 300-yard passer on the year and has allowed just two quarterbacks to top 250 yards one of which was garbage time production from Ben Roethlisberger back in Week One. This is a unit that over the last two weeks has been vulnerable to speed receivers as Mecole Hardman and Kenny Stills both have caught touchdowns in back-to-back weeks against the Patriots and a big reason for this has to do with Jason McCourty's injury. McCourty who was active played just four snaps last week and has been a limited participant this week. If he is unable to go, the Patriots could be vulnerable to John Ross on a deep play as they rely on McCourty to match up with the fastest receiver. If McCourty is unable to go, it will be J.C. Jackson who has been up and down this year in his second season in the NFL. Overall, outside of a deep throw to Ross, it will be difficult to see the Bengals consistently move the ball against this defense this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Andy Dalton's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs CLE (22 / 38 / 262 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Dalton marched the team down the field on the opening possession, firing a pair of strikes to Tyler Boyd for pickups of 21 and then 14 yards. With a 3rd-and-3 at the Browns 6-yard line, Dalton had plenty of time but after nobody was open initially, he panicked in the pocket and threw one out of the back of end zone with nobody in the vicinity, drawing an intentional grounding penalty. Dalton made a couple more costly mistakes in the first half. After a Joe Mixon penalty put the team into a 3rd-and-23 on the second drive of the game, Dalton threw it slightly behind Auden Tate. It bounced off of his hands and straight into the hands of a Browns cornerback who took it the other way for a touchdown. In the two-minute drill before halftime, Dalton had Alex Erickson wide open down the left sideline for what should have been a 40-yard gain but he sailed the ball too far outside and Erickson couldn't come down with it inbounds. Dalton nearly threw another pick six on a goal line pass that a Browns defender undercut but couldn't hold on to. On a 4th-and-goal, Dalton tucked and ran and came up two yards short of the end zone.
2019 Week 13 vs NYJ (22 / 37 / 243 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / -4 / 0 rush)
Dalton played loose and aggressive in his return after a three-game benching. He missed high to Tyler Boyd deep down the middle on the opening drive. He led a long touchdown drive on the second possession, which featured three straight long completions. He threw a dart to Tyler Boyd for a 10-yard gain on a deep out route. Then put it up high an-yard pick up to Auden Tate on another deep out along the sideline. Finally, Dalton zipped it into a tight window between a trio of defenders for a 17-yard touchdown to Tyler Boyd, setting the Bengals all-time passing touchdown record in the process. Dalton should have had a second touchdown pass on the next drive. CJ Uzomah was wide open in the end zone and wasn't able to hold onto a pass that hit him in his hands, forcing the Bengals to settle for a field goal. Dalton led a 91-yard touchdown drive late in the first half. He had a pair of long completions to Uzomah, including a 16-yard pickup when Dalton scrambled from the pocket and threw on the run to Uzomah on the sideline. The big play on the drive was a deep ball to Tyler Boyd that could have been a 44-yard touchdown but instead drew a long pass interference penalty when Boyd was wrapped up just shy of the end zone. It was a strong day overall for Dalton, who had much more zip on his passes than Ryan Finley did in the three games previous. Dalton should be the starter the rest of the season.
2019 Week 8 vs LAR (32 / 52 / 329 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Dalton put up big numbers due to throwing 52 times but left too many plays on the field. He had a strong first half, completing 14-of-15 passes early with the only incompletion coming on a slightly overthrown deep ball to Tyler Boyd. His lone touchdown was an easy 1-yard toss to a wide open Joe Mixon. On a couple of occasions, Dalton held the ball too long and took costly sacks. The Bengals drove down to the Rams 30-yard line just before halftime and were in position for a field goal that would have cut the lead to four going into the break but Dalton took a 10-yard sack on third down that pushed the team out of range. Dalton narrowly missed out on a couple touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He threw it three times inside the 10-yard line with seven minutes left and a chance to cut the lead to one score. One was dropped by Auden Tate and Stanley Morgan was stopped a couple yards shy of the goal line on a 4th-down slant. He had a chance to add a garbage time touchdown in the final minute but Auden Tate again dropped a well-thrown ball in the end zone.
2019 Week 7 vs JAX (22 / 43 / 276 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 33 / 1 rush)
Dalton was decent through the first three quarters. The Bengals moved the ball at times despite having no run game, a number of offensive line penalties, and uncharacteristic drops from his top targets. On one first quarter drive, the Bengals got out to midfield and then lost 11 yards on an end around to setup 3rd-and-17. Dalton threw a perfect pass to Boyd over the middle right near the line to gain and Boyd flat out dropped it. Even Alex Erickson, who had a breakout game had a big drop. Dalton dropped it in perfectly over his outside shoulder for what should have been a 40-yard completion and Erickson let it go straight through his hands. Dalton led an 80-yard, 6-yard play touchdown drive that took less than a minute right before halftime. He hit Alex Erickson for 48 yards on a deep crosser and eventually capped the drive off with an easy 2-yard touchdown throw to Joe Mixon. When the wheels came off for Dalton in the fourth quarter, they came off in pretty spectacular fashion. He was leading a long drive and had it deep in Jacksonville territory but threw it behind Tyler Boyd, which allowed Myles Jack to make the interception. It was a fine read, just an awful throw. The Bengals forced a three and out and got the ball back needing a touchdown to tie. Dalton promptly threw a terrible pick six trying to hit Giovani Bernard on a screen. Jacksonville got pressure on him and also held Bernard up from getting into the route and Dalton just threw it up for grabs. After the interception for a touchdown, the Bengals got a long kick return into Jacksonville territory. Dalton threw another interception on the very first play. It was a wobbler towards Tyler Boyd into double coverage. Three interceptions in five snaps. He scored a one-yard rushing touchdown in garbage time.
2019 Week 6 vs BAL (21 / 39 / 235 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 1 rush)
With the way the Ravens were dominating the trenches on both sides of the ball, Dalton needed to be nearly perfect to engineer the upset. He wasn't. He missed high on a short pass to Auden Tate and badly under threw Tyler Erickson deep down the seam. Dalton also threw a terrible interception into triple coverage. He didn't see the linebacker dropping deep into zone coverage who was able to cut in front of the receiver and get a hand on the ball, knocking it into the air for one of the trailing defenders to pick off. Dalton was just barely off on his ball placement with a few other throws as well, making life more difficult for his receivers. Sometimes they were able to bail him out with diving grabs and sometimes they weren't. The Bengals were forced to lean heavily on the quick passing game due to the inability of the offensive tackles to hold up and the lack of deep speed at wide receiver. Dalton is comfortable running that style of offense and was able to lead a couple long scoring drives. He scored the Bengals lone offensive touchdown late in the fourth quarter, running it in from two yards out.
2019 Week 5 vs ARI (27 / 38 / 262 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Aside from a miss in the red zone, it was a good day for Dalton. On one of the key plays of the game, Dalton missed Tyler Eifert for what should have been a 5-yard touchdown. There may have been some miscommunication between the two but for whatever reason, Dalton threw the ball behind Eifert, which allowed the linebacker to knock it down. The Bengals had to settle for a field goal and the four points lost were the difference between a win and a loss. He didn't get a lot of help from his wide receivers outside of Tyler Boyd. Inexperienced players were forced into more prominent roles due to injury and had some tough drops. Dalton was able to kick it into gear late, leading a pair of touchdown drives in the final seven minutes to tie the game at 23-23. He led an 89-yard touchdown drive in under three minutes. He completed eight passes to six different receivers on the drive, getting the ball out quickly and on target. He capped it off with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Auden Tate on what looked like an RPO play. He pulled the ball back from Mixon and fired it over the middle to Tate, who was wide open in the end zone. After a quick three and out by Arizona, Dalton led an 81-yard touchdown drive that took under two minutes. He put it into a tight window, hitting Tyler Boyd in stride on a crossing route that went for 29 yards. A couple plays later, he hooked up with Boyd again on a 42-yard touch-down pass deep down the left sideline to tie the game.
2019 Week 4 vs PIT (21 / 37 / 171 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
No quarterback could have succeeded behind a Bengals offensive line that struggled mightily. Still, Dalton didn't handle the pressure well. He was understandably uncomfortable in the pocket but did a poor job of sensing pressure. The game started out with some promise. Dalton marched the team into Steelers territory on the opening drive with long completions to Tyler Boyd and Tyler Eifert but a blown blitz pickup led to a drive-killing sack. After a turnover by Pittsburgh, Dalton threw a perfect ball to Tyler Eifert in the corner of the end zone that Eifert dropped and the Bengals had to settle for a field goal. It would be their only points of the game. Facing a third and long late in the first quarter, Dalton was hit while releasing a pass in the di-rection of John Ross. It hit Joe Haden in the chest and should have been intercepted. The Bengals had their best drive of the game going, marching into the red zone and racking up 57 yards over five minutes of possession time before a blindside strip sack lost fumble. It's hard to place too much blame on Dalton but maybe he should have sensed the pressure coming and at least turtled to protect the ball. It was that kind of day. Dalton was sacked eight times and took a few other big hits as well. In addition to the sacks, the line also had a number of costly penalties that put the offense in uncom-fortable downs and distances. Dalton's interception came on 4th-and-long in garbage time. He threw it in the general direction of Tyler Eifert but there were multiple Steel-ers in the area.
2019 Week 3 vs BUF (20 / 36 / 249 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Dalton It was another middling performance from Dalton. He wasn't the reason the team lost and had some nice moments nearly leading a comeback but didn't make nearly enough plays to lead a winning effort on the road. The Bengals offensive line is bad but Dalton's below-average pocket presence doesn't help matters. He had a couple passes tipped at the line and had his arm hit as he released the pass on another key third down. Dalton's first interception came on the rare occasion where he didn't seem to be quite on the same page with Tyler Boyd. Boyd ran an out route from the slot about 10 yards downfield and seemed a bit slow to make his break and look back. The Bills corner was able to undercut the route and slip inside Boyd to make the interception. Dalton nearly led the team back for the win in the second half. He led a pair of touchdown drives, finishing the first off with a 1-yard touchdown run on a zone read. He threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Mixon off of play action on the next touchdown drive. A long completion on a screen pass to Mixon set up a go-ahead field goal with five minutes left in the game. After a Buffalo touchdown put the Bills up 21-17, Dalton marched the Bengals down the field in the final minute and was inside the Bills 30 with 20 seconds left when he threw an interception. It wasn't really his fault. He threw it up high to Auden Tate in traffic trying to get a bit closer for one final shot at the end zone and the ball tipped off of Tate's hands to a trailing defender.
2019 Week 2 vs SF (26 / 42 / 311 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Penalties on the offensive line directly caused a number of drives to stall and were the biggest offensive problem for the Bengals. Dalton's inconsistent play didn't help matters. He made a couple poor choices late in the first half that contributed to the game getting out of hand. On a third and long from just outside the red zone, Dalton scrambled and could have picked up at least five yards to setup a short field goal attempt. Instead, he ran three yards past the line and then lofted it up over the head of a tight end down the middle of the field, drawing a five-yard penalty for an illegal pass. Instead of a 40-yard field goal, it was pushed back to a 53-yard attempt that was missed. It was a momentum swinging play. Dalton also threw an awful interception on a 2nd-and-5 just outside of the red zone near the end of the first half. He rolled to his right and threw it towards Tyler Eifert who was bracketed with a safety over top and a linebacker underneath. The pass had no chance and was easily intercepted by Kwon Alexander. Dalton was lucky to have thrown just the one interception. A 49ers cornerback undercut a short out route along the sideline and should have had a pick six but dropped the ball. Dalton had an easy 1-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert off of play action and a meaningless 66-yard touchdown to John Ross in the final seconds of the game. He had a touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd that was called back due to holding.
2019 Week 1 vs SEA (35 / 51 / 418 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The 418 passing yards were a career high for Dalton. In fact, the Bengals had gone 13 straight seasons with Marvin Lewis as the head coach without a 400-yard passing game. In Zac Taylor's debut, the Bengals were much more pass heavy than in past seasons. Dalton threw 51 times despite Cincinnati never trailing by more than four points. Dalton had some missteps. He missed low on what should have been an easy short completion to John Ross, under threw a deep ball to an open Tyler Boyd, and had the rain soaked ball slip out of his hand for a costly fumble in the red zone. He also had a few passes batted at the line. Despite the few miscues, Dalton was excellent overall. He was in full command of the new offense, getting the ball out quickly and on target. He read the defense well and understood where the vulnerabil-ities were. Dalton also had a few highlight-reel worthy throws. The most impressive came on a 55-yard touchdown pass to John Ross in the final seconds of the first half. Dalton threw it over 50 yards in the air, just over the head of the safety, and hit Ross in stride for the long score. He also showed nice touch on a 33-yard flea-flicker touch-down pass to Ross, dropping the ball in behind the corner and in front of the safety.
Latest NewsBengals | Andy Dalton throws for 262 yards (Sun Dec 8, 05:13 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 22-of-38 passes for 262 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. link to story Bengals | Andy Dalton passes for 243 yards, TD (Sun Dec 1, 06:17 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 22-of-37 passes for 243 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Week 13 against the New York Jets. Our View: Dalton led the Bengals to their first win of the the season and another one could knock them out of the #1 spot of the draft. He'll get the Browns next week in a winnable game that might scare Bengals faithful.
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