But that wasn't the case. Against a defense that entered the day ranked 25th against the pass, Dalton completed 15 of 23 passes for 252 yards. He made especially good use of elusive running back Giovani Bernard, twice dumping it off to him for big gains on what appeared to be broken plays. The first went for 24 yards, the second for 46. Both came in the second quarter
Dalton had only one touchdown pass, but it was impressive one. With the Falcons entire front seven bearing down on him on an all-out blitz early in the third quarter, he threw a strike to Mohamed Sanu down the middle of the field, giving the receiver plenty of room to take it all the way for a 76-yard score.
Dalton will look to keep it going, with or without Green, in Week 3, but he'll be in for more of a challenge against a Titans defense that intercepted the Chiefs' Alex Smith three times in Week 1 and allowed 176 yards to the Cowboys' Tony Romo in Week 2.
Dalton had a pretty quiet game for the most part, but came up with a big play late to win it. With the score tied 16-16, Dalton hit A.J. Green for a 77-yard touchdown to put the Bengals up for good.
Dalton finished the game with 301 passing yards, first 300-yard performance in a Week 1 of his career. Dalton completed 25 of 38 passes and had one touchdown, while avoiding any turnovers in the win.
Dalton started his season well Sunday, and will look to keep things going in Week 2 against the Falcons.
Dalton is very familiar with the Ravens, having faced them six times in his career, but he doesn't have the best track record. Dalton has just six touchdowns to 11 interceptions through the air against the Ravens, while completing just 53.9 percent of his passes. He especially struggled in two games a year ago, as seven of his 20 interceptions for the season came against the Ravens defense.
If you take out a historic seven-touchdown performance by Peyton Manning in Week 1 a year ago, the Ravens were solid against quarterbacks, allowing 14.9 Fantasy points per game. Dalton will be looking for a measure of payback against the Ravens, given his struggles, but Fantasy owners should be wary as the season begins. Consider him more of a No. 2 Fantasy option for Week 1; neither Jamey Eisenberg nor Dave Richard has Dalton among the top-15 for quarterbacks this week.
Dalton completed 13 passes, 10 of which were split between A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu. He compiled 157 yards through the air while completing 13 of 21 passes. He is 24 of 34 for 373 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions this preseason.
Dalton found an open Mohamed Sanu for a 42-yard touchdown strike on the opening series of the night. He went 4 for 4 for 74 yards on the first drive. He worked three series with the first-team and compiled 144 yards through the air while completing all eight of his pass attempts. He added a touchdown and no interceptions, registering a 158.3 passer rating.
Through two preseason games, Dalton has completed 11 of 13 pass attempts for 215 yards and a touchdown.
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