They've given up 32 touchdowns through the air, most in the NFL, including eight in their last three games. Just last week against the Eagles, quarterback Nick Foles threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns against them.
The Vikings have played better football of late, losing just one of their last four games, which reduces the chances of the Bengals jumping out to an early lead and relying mostly on their running game in the second half. With the weapons at his disposal, Dalton has a real opportunity for three or more touchdown passes this week.
Quarterback is usually not a position for playing matchups, but if you don't have a surefire Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Nick Foles or Matthew Stafford type there, Dalton is an option to consider.
Dalton connected with tight end Tyler Eifert on a 1-yard touchdown, then found receiver Marvin Jones wide open from 13 yards out. Dalton's ensuing 2-point conversion pass was batted down.
Dalton, who ran four times for 20 yards, has accounted for six touchdowns and no turnovers the past two weeks. He has an attractive matchup Week 16 vs. the Vikings.
Although he's coming off a four-touchdown performance,
In five career meetings, Dalton has completed 53 percent of his throws. He's averaged 194 passing yards with five touchdowns, five interceptions and a 67.8 passer rating. Dalton did play fairly well in Week 2 vs. Pittsburgh, throwing for 280 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 10 yards.
But Dalton's last three road games were ugly: eight turnovers, three touchdowns. The Steelers rank in the middle of the pack in defending Fantasy quarterbacks; they're capable of eliciting the "bad" Dalton.
Dalton has been up and down all season. With Fantasy playoffs on the line, place your trust elsewhere if possible.
Dalton has passed for three touchdowns twice in his last three games. Sunday marked the second time he's scored more than three touchdowns in a game this season, and the fifth time in eight games that he's passed for at least three.
The Bengals face the Steelers in Week 15. Dalton passed for 280 yards and a touchdown when the teams played in Week 2.
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