Dalton, coming off a 323-yard, two touchdown game in Week 6, managed to pass for just 126 yards Sunday. He completed just 18 of 38 passes in the game, against a Colts defense that had been third in the league in Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks.
This performance probably shouldn't change how anyone views Dalton; it was just an extreme example of what we've long known about him. He can be a useful Fantasy option at times, but it is asking too much from him to expect him to succeed against a tough defense without A.J. Green to throw to. As long as Green is out, Dalton should probably be avoided, especially with another tough matchup on the way in Week 8 against the Ravens.
Dalton spent much of the rest of the afternoon throwing incompletions. The result was a shutout defeat and 18 connections on 36 tries for a mere 126 yards. He averaged just 3.3 yards per attempt.
His problems and that of the rest of the offense meant a team-record 11 punts in one game despite five minutes showing on the clock in the third quarter.
Dalton, who threw for just 12 yards in the first quarter, will attempt to turn it around against visiting Baltimore next Sunday.
Dalton tied the game at 7 in the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Tate. His second touchdown pass was a 34-yard completion to Mohamed Sanu in the fourth quarter, which tied the game at 24.
Sunday was the second time this season Dalton surpassed 300 passing yards, and he did it without top receiver A.J. Green, who was sidelined due to a toe injury. Dalton also threw for multiple touchdowns for a second straight game. Though, Dalton had just one interception through his first four games before throwing two picks Sunday.
The Bengals are back in action Week 7 at Indianapolis.
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The bad news is he'll likely be without his star wide receiver, A.J. Green.
In some cases, the quarterback makes the receiver. In some cases, the receiver makes the quarterback. Dalton isn't a total bum without Green, but Green's freakish size and range makes Dalton look better than he is. He did OK without Green for most of Week 2 against Atlanta, but the Panthers are better defensively than the Falcons.
I wouldn't count on big numbers for Dalton this week. I don't know that I'd rank him outside the top 20, as Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have, but certainly in one-quarterback leagues, I wouldn't be looking to start him.
It was Dalton's first two-touchdown game in four outings this year. He should have had a third score, but tight end Jermaine Gresham dropped a perfect throw in the end zone.
Dalton threw both scoring passes in the third quarter. He hit Mohamed Sanu on a 37-yard post, then A.J. Green made a jugging catch for a 17-yard toucheown.
Dalton faces the Panthers in Week 6.
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