QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-2, 215||Born: 10-29-1987||College: TCU||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2011|
Week 7: vs Jacksonville Jaguars
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.
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 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 runs for touchdown (Sun Oct 13, 06:12 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 21-of-39 passes for 235 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens and he added a rushing score. link to story Bengals | Andy Dalton posts respectable line (Sun Oct 6, 04:38 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 27-of-38 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals. Our View: Dalton has played well in three comeback attempts this year, but none have been successful. Even without two starting receivers, he should be worth a 2QB/Superflex start next week at Baltimore.
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