Dalton completed 21 of 31 passes for 206 yards and a pick in Sunday's loss to Denver. He added 40 yards on six carries.
Dalton's season-opening streak of 366-yard games is over at two. The Bengals went run-heavy to start the game, getting on the board early and protecting Dalton from Denver's potent pass rush. Once Denver adjusted to the running game, Dalton's day turned south as the Broncos got to him four times and forced him into a late pick. The arrow should be pointing up for Dalton as he will be getting his favorite red-zone target, Tyler Eifert, back soon to complement A.J. Green. If the team doesn't do a better job protecting him, however, it won't matter who he has to throw to. Dalton's been sacked 12 times already this season.
The 54 pass attempts represent a career-high for Dalton, though his 57.4 percent completion rate was well below his career average. Receiver A.J. Green didn't do him many favors, though, as the All-Pro wideout secured just two of eight targets sent his way. Fortunately, rookie Tyler Boyd seems to be emerging as a legitimate weapon for Dalton, which could prove very beneficial for Dalton's stat lines moving forward. Up next is a matchup against a formidable Broncos defense Week 3.
Dalton completed 23 of 30 passes for 366 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 23-22 win over the Jets. He also added seven rushing yards on three carries.
Dalton was having a rough go of it early, but got it going after finding A.J. Green down the middle for a 54-yard score early in the second quarter. While New York's defensive pressure kept the Red Rocket off balance in his first meaningful action since Week 14 of the 2015 season with seven sacks, he was able to exploit a vulnerable secondary by picking up yardage in chunks en route to his 18th career 300-yard passing game. Almost half of that total went to Green, indicating that the sixth-year quarterback's connection with his top receiver is as strong as ever.
Dalton completed six of 10 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Jaguars.
Dalton added a four-yard run that converted a third down in the red zone, ultimately leading the Bengals to 14 points on his three drives. The Cincinnati first-team offense looked sharp throughout the preseason, but there was one minor concern from Sunday's game, as A.J. Green left early with an apparent leg/knee injury. According to The Cincinnati Enquire, Green would have played through the injury if Sunday's contest had been a regular-season game.
Dalton completed 4-of-5 passes for 32 yards in Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings.
Dalton got just one drive, as the Bengals opted to ease their starter back in. His 2015 season was cut short after a thumb injury, but the Red Rocket was able to immediately re-establish a rapport with top wideout A.J. Green. With the Bengals once again featuring an excellent offensive ensemble, Dalton should once again find the end zone often after averaging 24.8 touchdowns per season in his first five NFL campaigns.
|5||10/9/16||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/14/16||@ NYG||8:30 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ HOU||8:25 pm|
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