QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-2, 215||Born: 10-29-1987||College: TCU||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2011|
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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
2018 Week 6 vs PIT (26 / 42 / 229 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Dalton had a solid game, taking care of the ball in wet conditions and making some plays despite mediocre protection and some drops from his receivers. The drops were especially costly early with bad drops by A.J. Green and Cody Core each causing first-half drives to stall. With John Ross, Tyler Eifert, and Giovani Bernard out, Dalton had to lean extra heavily on A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. The Dalton-Boyd connection continues to grow and the duo thrived against the Steelers. Dalton hit Boyd for a 2-yard touchdown on an out route, lofting the ball just above the head of the linebacker and into the diving arms of Boyd. Dalton also led a touchdown drive in the two-minute drill before halftime that ended with a 14-yard touchdown to Boyd. It was an easy pitch and catch to the left corner of the end zone as the cornerback was caught flat footed on the out route and there was huge separation. Dalton also hit Boyd for a 39-yard play on a scramble drill that was called back due to a holding penalty. It was probably Dalton's best throw of the day, dropping it in perfectly to Boyd while running to his left. Trailing by six points with just over three minutes left, Dalton led the Bengals on a 75-yard touchdown drive to take the lead. Dalton hit four different receivers on the drive, including A.J. Green on back-to-back plays along the sideline for 23 and 7 yards that set the Bengals up for a short Joe Mixon rushing touchdown. It was the fifth time this season Dalton led a clutch fourth-quarter scoring to give his team the lead. Unfortunately, the drive was too efficient and left enough time for the Steelers to answer.
2018 Week 5 vs MIA (20 / 30 / 248 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)
While the fantasy numbers weren't there, it was another strong outing for Dalton. The Bengals offense started hot, methodically marching down the field and inside the Dolphins 10-yard line until a holding penalty put them in 1st-and-20. On third-and-long, Dalton threw an interception in the front of the end zone. He got too aggressive trying to squeeze it in to A.J. Green and Dolphins safety Reshad Jones was able to break up the pass and tip it to a Dolphins defender. Dalton did a nice job moving in the pocket and making plays after protection broke down. He was able to step up, avoid pressure, and still complete balls downfield. Some of the passes were wobbly and didn't look pretty but got the job done. One of the off balance throws under pressure hit Green for a 23-yard gain on a deep crossing route. Green again escaped pressure and threw on the run to hit Green for a 22-yard gain to setup the Bengals first field goal. Dalton's 18-yard touchdown pass to Joe Mixon also came with pressure in his face. He stepped up in the pocket and was able to get rid of the ball despite having a defender wrapped around his legs.
2018 Week 4 vs ATL (29 / 41 / 337 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Dalton was excellent on Sunday, getting the ball out quickly and accurately. His big passing day could have been even bigger, with a couple more touchdowns. Giovani Bernard was tackled at the 1-yard line on a screen pass before running it in the next play. Dalton also had a 9-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green brought back on a questionable hands to the face call on an offensive lineman. Dalton's interception shouldn't have counted. The Falcons defender clearly held tight end Tyler Kroft coming out of his break but the referees somehow missed it. The ball bounced off of Kroft's hands and into the arms of a Falcons defender. Dalton's first two touchdowns came on plays where a player lined up in the slot ran open down the center of the field on a simple 9-route. The first was a 15-yard touchdown to Tyler Eifert and the second was a 39-yard touchdown to John Ross. Dalton was masterful on a 16-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes to win the game. He scrambled for 11 yards to pick up a first down early in the drive and escaped a sack a couple plays later to scramble for a short gain. He was able to succeed despite serious pass rush pressure off of the edges. He completed three clutch passes to Tyler Boyd, two of which came on fourth-down and kept hopes alive. Dalton finished off the drive with a magnificent throw over the cornerback and outside of the safety to a sliding A.J. Green for a 13-yard, game-winning touchdown.
2018 Week 3 vs CAR (29 / 46 / 352 / 2 / 4 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Dalton made some nice passes and was able to move the ball through the air against a tough Panthers defense. While the four interceptions on the stat sheet look bad, only one was really on Dalton. The Bengals effectively utilized what looked to be an RPO scheme with Dalton having the option to pull the ball back from Gio Bernard and hit the backside slant to either A.J. Green or Tyler Eifert. The play was a go-to for the offense. It produced gains of 9 yards to Green and 11 yards to Eifert on the opening drive. Dalton should have had a touchdown pass on the opening drive, but Green dropped a perfect pass in the end zone and Bernard ran it in the next play. Dalton's first interception came on a 3rd-and-17 when he threw up a jump ball downfield to John Ross. The cornerback outfought Ross for the ball. Dalton's second cornerback came on the backside slant that had been so successful. With Green out, his replacement Josh Malone was slow to cut inside and the cornerback was able to arrive and make a hit at the same time as the ball arrived, which popped it up into the air. Dalton's 27-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd was one of his more impressive throws of the season. The pocket broke down and Dalton pulled the ball and left. He threw a dart across his body to hit Boyd in stride in the back of the end zone. Dalton later hit Boyd for a 49-yard gain on a similar broken play scrambling to his left and lofting it to Boyd down the sideline. Dalton's third interception came late in the fourth quarter. After a sack backed the Bengals up deep, Dalton tried to hit Ross on a deep route. Dalton threw the ball outside to the seam while Ross seemed to break the route off an jog toward the inside. The usually sedate Dalton was irate at Ross and while it was unclear where the route was supposed to go, it is clear the two are not on the same page and Dalton is growing extremely frustrated with Ross. The final interception was on an irrelevant Hail Mary on the final play of the game with the Bengals trailing by 10.
2018 Week 2 vs BAL (24 / 42 / 265 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Dalton was excellent against the Ravens. After going three-and-out on the opening drive, he threw touchdown passes on each of the next four drives to stake the Bengals to a 28-7 first-half lead. After the hot start, the Bengals offense went cold for most of the second half, before rallying for a long fourth-quarter scoring drive to put Cincinnati back in command. Dalton's first three touchdown passes all went to A.J. Green. The first was from four yards out on bootleg to the right side. Play-action let Green get a step on the defender and Dalton made an accurate short throw on the move. The second Green touchdown came on a third-and-short slant. Dalton squeezed the ball in between a trio of defenders, Green broke a tackle and sprinted in for a 32-yard score. Dalton next led a 12-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Green on a back-shoulder fade. Dalton then led a 12-play, 78-yard drive that was capped off by a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd on a crossing route. After a rough 18-game stretch under offensive-coordinator Ken Zampese, Dalton has bounced back under Bill Lazor. In 16 games with Lazor as coordinator, Dalton has 31 touchdown passes and just 9 interceptions.
2018 Week 1 vs IND (21 / 28 / 243 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
It was an excellent start to the season for Dalton. He threw with accuracy, showed athleticism to escape pressure, and displayed a strong rapport with each of his top receiving targets. The game started on a down note, however. Dalton's first pass of the game, he was trying to hit Joe Mixon on a swing route but rookie center Billy Price got destroyed and the defensive tackle hit Dalton's arm as he released the pass. The ball fluttered into the hands of a Colts defender. Dalton made a strong open-field tackle to save a touchdown, which ended up saving seven points as the Colts turned the ball over. Dalton's toughness also showed up on a game-changing 3rd-and-6 scramble late in the game when Dalton dove head first for a first down, taking a big hit instead of sliding. It setup the go-ahead touchdown. Dalton hit A.J. Green for a 38-yard touchdown on a perfectly thrown deep ball. He released the ball early, lofted it over the safety in the middle of the field and allowed Green to run under it in the end zone. Dalton also connected with John Ross for a touchdown on a well-thrown fade route from three yards out. The only negative for Dalton moving forward was that the pass protection from the right side of the line didn't hold up even against the Colts mediocre stable of rushers, with both the right guard and right tackle allowing five pressure each. Against teams with better defensive ends, Dalton is going to see a lot of pressure in his face.
Latest NewsBengals | Andy Dalton tosses two touchdowns (Sun Oct 14, 05:37 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 26-of-42 passes for 229 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 6 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. link to story Bengals | Andy Dalton throws for 248 yards (Sun Oct 7, 05:37 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton went 20-for-30 for 248 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Miami Dolphins in Week 5. Our View: Dalton was one of a host of quarterbacks to underachieve in Week 5 after setting very expectations in September. The defense carried the Bengals to the victory and will be needed to come up big against the Steelers next week. Dalton is still a solid QB1 despite the quiet week against an undermanned unit.
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