Driskel completed 18 of 27 attempts for 170 yards and one touchdown, adding two rushes for 12 yards during Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Chargers.
Driskel posted an impressive completion rate of 66.7 percent against the Chargers' ultra-talented defense, but only two of his 18 completions yielded 15 or more yards. The 2016 sixth-round pick has failed to stand out in his first foray as a starting quarterback in the NFL, posting QBRs of 18.4 and 36.5 against the Chargers and Broncos, respectively. His offensive line hasn't done him any favors by surrendering seven sacks over his first two career starts, but Driskel has had trouble pushing the ball downfield even when provided ample time, averaging a stagnant 6.35 yards per attempt. Week 15 presents a matchup against an Oakland defense that has struggled mightily in pressuring opposing passers this year, collecting just 11 sacks (31st-ranked Miami has twice as many).
Driskel completed 25 of 38 passes for 236 yards, a touchdown and an interception during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Broncos. He also lost a fumble during the contest.
So much of Sunday's game was about Driskel handling the rush. Early in the third quarter with the Bengals driving, Driskel was flustered by the pressure and floated one to safety Justin Simmons. On the very next drive, Driskel hung in against the rush and uncorked a 30-yard strike to Cody Core for a catch-and-run touchdown, a sign of some improvement -- though his afternoon did also feature a strip sack and intentional-grounding call. The Bengals somewhat surprisingly didn't have the athletic Driskel run more on Sunday as he finished with three yards on three carries despite averaging 8.2 yards per carry and scoring two rushing touchdowns in reserve duty this season. After struggling against an injury-riddled Denver secondary, Driskel gets a Chargers defense next Sunday that ranks in the top 10 in opponent passer rating (87.4).
Driskel was competent after replacing Dalton in the second half of Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Browns, completing 17 of 29 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown while adding three carries for nine yards and another score. Selected by the 49ers in the sixth round of the 2016 draft, Driskel never stuck in San Francisco but then beat out Matt Barkley for the Bengals' backup job in August. The 25-year-old is unlikely to match Dalton in terms of passing skill, but he could bring an element of mobility to the Cincinnati offense, considering he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the 2016 scouting combine. It's still difficult to spin this as anything but bad news for Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green (toe) as well as complementary weapons C.J. Uzomah, John Ross and Giovani Bernard.
Driskel completed 17 of 29 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown while rushing three times for nine yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Browns.
Driskel came in with his team down big after Andy Dalton injured his thumb. He promptly cut the deficit to 35-14 with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd, then called his own number from two yards out to complete the scoring with eight minutes remaining. Should Dalton be forced to miss extended time, the 25-year-old Florida native showed here that he can capably run the offense. The Bengals will host the Broncos in Week 13.
Driskel replaced Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter of Sunday's blowout loss to the Saints and ran for a 27-yard touchdown.
Driskel ended up with two carries for 35 yards, and also completed two passes on three attempts for 45 yards. There's no quarterback controversy in Cincinnati, but it appears at least that Driskel meets the minimum standards to be a competent backup quarterback.
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