The Bengals are still looking for their first touchdown of the season after suffering two discouraging losses to the Ravens in Week 1 and the Texans in Week 2, 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 start considering backup AJ McCarron, although Lewis plans to roll into Green Bay next Sunday with Dalton at the helm of Cincinnati's offense.
Dalton completed 20 of 35 passes for 224 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans. He also gained five yards on two rushes.
While he didn't look anywhere near as ineffective as in the opener, Dalton and the entire offense came up small for the second consecutive week at home. The veteran signal caller managed just 6.4 yards per attempt, a modest improvement over the 5.5 figure he generated in the Week 1 shutout loss to the Ravens. The 29-year-old did encouragingly spread the ball around to the likes of Tyler Eifert and Alex Erickson, and also connected on a team-high five occasions with top target A.J. Green. Dalton was also able to stay away from turnovers altogether after uncharacteristically throwing four interceptions against Baltimore, but he and the Bengals will enter the Week 3 road tilt versus the Packers still seeking their first touchdown of the season.
Dalton completed 16 of 31 passes for 170 yards and four picks in Sunday's loss to Baltimore. He also lost a fumble during the contest.
You'd have to go back to the 2013 season finale against Baltimore for the last time Dalton chucked four picks. A lot of his struggles early on Sunday came from failing to recognize the underneath the defender, his first interception coming on a tip from outside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor and his second, in the end zone, was nabbed by linebacker C.J. Mosley lurking underneath. His third interception came after the blitzing Terrell Suggs got his hands on the pass. With a bevy of new weapons, the hope coming into 2017 was that Dalton would up his production from last year's modest sums. While Sunday was a horrid first step, it should be noted that turnovers haven't been a problem for Dalton for several years now, totaling just 15 interceptions over the past two seasons combined. It's fair to assume that Sunday's performance was an ugly anomaly.
Dalton completed eight of 13 passes for 70 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to Washington. He also ran for seven yards and lost a fumble during the contest.
Dalton had Cincinnati humming early on, connecting on five of his attempts, including four to A.J. Green, during a Bengals opening drive that culminated in a touchdown. Dalton fumbled away the next drive and completed just three passes for the remainder of the half. Dalton aired it out plenty in 2016 and reached or neared plenty of career highs, but saw career lows in touchdowns and touchdown percentage - a product of playing much of the year without A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. Both will be back this season, and the addition of speedster John Ross and pass-catching back Joe Mixon should make Cincinnati a more formidable offense. As Dalton's preseason numbers have shown, however, it just hasn't all come together yet.
Dalton completed just seven of 13 passes for 98 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to Kansas City.
The results aren't overly important at this point, as Dalton is locked in as the starter and has established chemistry with the majority of his weapons in the passing game. The Bengals have the pieces in place to have a formidable offense, and Dalton has been a go-to fantasy asset in the past, so a bounce-back campaign is within reach. It's also encouraging to see him honing in on No. 1 receiver A.J. Green. Dalton targeted his top wideout six times for three receptions and 39 yards Saturday.
|3||9/24/17||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
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