Dalton downplayed a potential ankle injury after Sunday's 20-16 win over the Bills, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Dalton didn't miss any snaps and threw for a season-high 328 yards, but A.J. Green said after the game that he knew his quarterback battled through some pain. Dalton also tossed a couple of interceptions, both of which hit Green in the hands before caroming to defenders. Dalton should have plenty of time to recover from the seemingly minor ankle injury as Cincinnati heads into a Week 6 bye. The Bengals then travel to Pittsburgh in Week 7.
Dalton completed 22 of 36 passes for 328 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 20-16 win over Buffalo. He added two yards on the ground. The biggest chunk of Dalton's success came early on Sunday with a 77-yard bomb down the right sideline for an A.J. Green touchdown. After struggling early in the season, Dalton has been airing it out with gusto under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, averaging at least 7.85 yards per attempt in all three games after reaching that total just six times in 18 starts under Ken Zampese. The switch at coordinator has also led to Dalton getting the ball into the end zone more with seven touchdowns in the last three weeks versus none in the first two games of the season. Dalton was picked twice by Buffalo's stingy defense, and turnovers will be worth monitoring, but it looks like Cincinnati is righting the ship.
Dalton completed 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns Sunday against the Browns. He also carried four times for 29 yards and lost a fumble in the 31-7 win. Dalton enjoyed easily his best game of the season in this one, completing passes to nine different receivers, including three touchdowns in the second quarter to build a big lead. He also finished as the team's top rusher, with the team's crowded running back corps failing to generate much on the ground. Dalton endured a miserable start to the season but has since bounced back with six touchdowns compared to just one turnover in the last two games. He'll look to build off of this breakout next week against the Bills.
Dalton completed 21 of 27 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Packers. He also rushed twice for minus-two yards. Even though he was ultimately out-dueled by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Dalton -- and the rest of the Bengals offense, for that matter -- was much more effective than he was in the first two weeks of the season. This represents just his fifth game with more than one passing touchdown since the start of 2016, though. Probably not coincidentally, two of those games came against the Browns, who Dalton gets the privilege of playing in Week 4.
Coach Marvin Lewis confirmed following Thursday's loss to the Texans that Dalton's job as the team's starting quarterback is safe, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. The Bengals are still looking for their first touchdown of the season after suffering discouraging losses to the Ravens in Week 1 and the Texans in Week 2, with both of those games taking place at home. Over those two games, Dalton threw four interceptions and lost a fumble while throwing for 394 total yards. If the slide continues, it will be hard for Lewis not to consider starting backup AJ McCarron, although the coach plans to roll into Green Bay next Sunday with Dalton at the helm of Cincinnati's offense.
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