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Andy Dalton named AFC offensive player of the week

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Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is no stranger to criticism of his play, but he’s able to celebrate a commendation on Wednesday.

Dalton has been named the AFC’s offensive player of the week for his play in the Bengals’ 27-24 Week Six victory over the Bills. Dalton went 4-of-4 for 55 yards in overtime and was able to guide the team into position for Mike Nugent’s game-winning field goal on the team’s second possession of the extra quarter.

Dalton was 26-of-40 for 337 yards and three touchdowns — the first he’d thrown since Week Three — as the Bengals improved to 4-2 on the season. It is the second time that Dalton has picked up weekly honors in the conference.

Bengals receivers picked up a good chunk of their yards after the catch on Sunday as the Bengals continued to eschew throws down the field against Buffalo. Those throws have been a frequent trigger for the aforementioned criticism of Dalton over his three years in the NFL and they’ll likely continue to be if defenses start taking away the short stuff without Dalton making them pay for it.

That’s a question for another time, though, because the Bills didn’t take those passes away and Dalton was able to exploit the opportunities often enough to pull out a road win in overtime.

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  1. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Oct 16, 2013 10:58 AM

    Oh I love it. You slappy headed fools were bashing Mr Dalton, at least some of you, and you got owned. Bills or not, it is scoreboard.

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 16, 2013 11:09 AM

    I hope the Bengals FO wises up and gets this kid signed long-term.
    -every other afcn d-back

  3. bengalboone says: Oct 16, 2013 11:14 AM

    You people kill me with the criticism of Dalton because he don’t always throw down field. He plays in a west coast offense which is about the short game you don’t always have to sling it fifty yards all game long to win. That’s why you draft play makers that can do things after the catch.Joe Montana played in the west coast offense and played the short game too
    and took his shots down field when the opportunities present them self’s. A win is a win should not make a difference how you do it.

  4. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Oct 16, 2013 11:21 AM

    Joe Elite demands an explanation

  5. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 16, 2013 11:23 AM

    medialogic – the proof Dalton can’t throw downfield is that he doesn’t throw downfield.

    You’re assuming Gruden knows what he’s doing – that’s not a given to us here in Cincy.

  6. pmars64 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:26 AM

    Dalton at QB will lead the Bengals to another first round playoff loss. The Browns jammed the middle of the field to force Dalton to throw deeper and toward the sidelines and he couldn’t do it. In the playoffs, teams get exposed like Denver’s and Frisco’s average secondaries, New England’s average talent especially on offense, and the Bengals’ average QB.

  7. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 16, 2013 11:35 AM

    “Dalton at QB will lead the Bengals to another first round playoff loss. The Browns jammed the middle of the field to force Dalton to throw deeper and toward the sidelines and he couldn’t do it. In the playoffs, teams get exposed like Denver’s and Frisco’s average secondaries, New England’s average talent especially on offense, and the Bengals’ average QB.”
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    Well since these (Denver, NE) are the two top teams in the AFC who do you expect Cincy to lose to?

  8. ravenmomma says: Oct 16, 2013 11:36 AM

    I’m sure I’ll get thumbs down by Bengals fans but honestly I don’t see Dalton as the QB who is going to take them to the next level. Sure, he’s gotten them to the playoffs two years in a row but both times it’s been one and done. He’s an average QB that can win games but I don’t see him as strong enough to carry the team on his back. Has he hit his plateau or is he still a work in progress? This year will be telling. In any event, kudos to Dalton for getting the O player of the week. Our two games with them will be tough ones as always.

  9. dacatindahat says: Oct 16, 2013 11:36 AM

    I am a lifelong Bengals fan and this team wins in spite of him, not because of him…look at his year end stats, he has never even been average…he has no pocket awareness, he decides where he is throwing the ball before the snap and he can’t throw the ball downfield…we need a QB…

  10. awdlmd says: Oct 16, 2013 11:38 AM

    Should have been Knowshon. Go Broncos.

  11. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:45 AM

    Ravenmomma

    That’s why I like ravens fans. Make sense and classy unlike Steelers fans.

  12. bengalboone says: Oct 16, 2013 11:45 AM

    I want to see this team succeed as well as a lot of people do. But if you keeping asking for the head of every quarterback that comes in pretty soon nobody
    will want to play quarterback for this team. Then maybe some of you that criticize Dalton can go down to Paul Brown Stadium and try out for the position .Maybe one of you can lead us to the promise land and bring home the trophy. Put yourself in he’s shoes and see how well you succeed in leading this team.As far as Gruden i think there are a few teams that would be interested in his services last time i checked he had some interviews for head coach last year.You put up with Bratkowski for eight years and this guy is only in year three .Been to two straight playoffs although they lost that can’t be said for Brat.

  13. joetoronto says: Oct 16, 2013 11:46 AM

    He has no arm and he doesn’t have what it takes upstairs either.

    He’s a softy through and through.

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 16, 2013 11:46 AM

    ravenmomma, most of those are also descriptors for Flacco.

  15. atkinsandgreenreignsupreme says: Oct 16, 2013 11:47 AM

    Do it every week! Do it in Detroit’s house on Sunday! Do it in San Diego in Bmore at Pitt against the Jets when they come to town…Most importantly if we make the playoffs win the game! He’s Kitna 2.0 until he does more than Kitna… Im fan but I see better than I hear and 1 game with 3 TD’s and 1 ugly INT is not enough to convince he is the QB of the future for this team….

    Cincy takes a QB in the 1st rds in 2013. Adam Jones said it best…99% but not vocal enough…Bengals need a Boomer type a guy that is vocal and will tell any offensive player on that team to do their job and he will also take ownership when he makes the mistakes…Like they say over in MO. SHOW ME!

  16. bengalboone says: Oct 16, 2013 12:07 PM

    It really makes no difference who plays quarterback
    someone will have a complaint about something he does or doesn’t do .How many quarterback have the browns ,cardinals ,jaguars ,dolphins ,vikings, bears been through and still have not found the right one the jury is still out for the bears & dolphins.

  17. rockthered1286 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:08 PM

    Here’s my thing about Dalton… he’s an average QB. He is Matt Schaub 3-4 years ago, in the sense that the QB’s numbers are greatly inflated only by the talent at WR. Example- take away Andre Johnson from Schaub (back in their prime) and Schaub looks like a career back-up in terms of numbers. Same for Dalton now- take away AJ Green and he’s an average QB. Does he utilize all of his targets? Yes. But having a top 3 WR, hell I’d call him the best wideout in the game, REALLY inflates those numbers. I’d never want to see Green or any man injured, but in games without Green you can really see what kind of QB Dalton is. Average.

  18. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 16, 2013 12:11 PM

    Kenny Anderson had a pretty respectable, some say hof, carreer doing the exact same thing

  19. t8ertot says: Oct 16, 2013 12:16 PM

    Soak on that, haters

  20. icanthelpitimabengalsfan says: Oct 16, 2013 12:19 PM

    Two years and six games in! Not exactly a large sample size for a QB in the NFL. Look at the “can’t misses” from last year…D coordinators have solved Kaepernick, RG3…busted up not nearly the threat he was last year. Russell Wilson is still performing at a high level as is Luck, but Dalton’s stats stack up with both of them. Where was Flacco in year 3…relying on a great D…he didn’t blossom until year 5. Look, I’m not selling Dalton as a Brady, Peyton Manning, Brees or Rodgers. But give him more of a chance…being a Bengal fan from way back, I can tell you who I see…Kenny Anderson, same complaints about him until he became an elite QB in the league back in the day. I say the jury is still out and as Dalton’s defense attorney, I am confident of a good outcome.

  21. bengals3285 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:22 PM

    You know I hate all the criticism Andy gets. The guy makes good decisions with the ball (for the most part), has above average accuracy and a good arm for the deep ball (as long as its not over 40 yards). The blame should be going to Jay Gruden. His play calling his terrible and every pass play is the same as the next. No change in play calling and it is very obvious when we run or pass. He doesn’t teach dalton any hot routes or anything. When you see the OC change, then you will see Dalton’s performance improve. Until then, it will be the same story every week and the same criticism.

  22. whodeybacker says: Oct 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    Now that Gruden is commiting to the run more, I ll think you ll see more deep balls. Teams play the Bengals in cover 2 which doesnt aid any qb throwing deep.

  23. bengalboone says: Oct 16, 2013 12:29 PM

    i agree with this assessment icanthelpitimabengalsfan
    Rome wasn’t built in a day .Things don’t happen overnight ,but i can see now when and if he does turn the corner people will want to jump on the bandwagon .I would have say stay the hell off you wasn’t on it to begin with.

  24. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 16, 2013 12:31 PM

    Cool that he’s “back.” Popular wisdom had already started writing him off, along with RGIII and Colin Kapaernick.

  25. twardyyy says: Oct 16, 2013 12:39 PM

    rockthered1286 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:08 PM

    Here’s my thing about Dalton… he’s an average QB. He is Matt Schaub 3-4 years ago, in the sense that the QB’s numbers are greatly inflated only by the talent at WR. Example- take away Andre Johnson from Schaub (back in their prime) and Schaub looks like a career back-up in terms of numbers. Same for Dalton now- take away AJ Green and he’s an average QB. Does he utilize all of his targets? Yes. But having a top 3 WR, hell I’d call him the best wideout in the game, REALLY inflates those numbers. I’d never want to see Green or any man injured, but in games without Green you can really see what kind of QB Dalton is. Average.

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    So, since Dalton wouldn’t be anything without A.J. Green, what about Matt Stafford? Would he just be a regular bottom-tier QB if he didn’t have Megatron on a consistent basis? Megatron is arguably one of the best players in the NFL, and probably the best WR in the business. I don’t think Stafford would be the QB he is now (without Megatron), but he wouldn’t be a reincarnated David Carr by any stretch of the imagination. Same applies to Dalton. He may not be as good without A.J. Green, but he wouldn’t be a mediocre average QB either.

  26. lovefootball4life says: Oct 16, 2013 12:47 PM

    Peyton Manning doesn’t have a cannon arm either. Not comparing the two, no one is in Manning’s zip code this year, but Bengals have a pretty well rounded team. Bengals are fine tuning the engine for maximum output. My team, Ravens, are still moving big parts around to get the engine to run consistently which isn’t a great place to be at week 7.

    Going to be hard to unseat Bengals from a top the division to get into the post season. Unlike years past I predict no wild cards come out of the AFCN.

  27. chasezdad16 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:51 PM

    Dalton gets it done. for Bengal fans if Dalton makes the playoffs, he will be there not only 3 straight years and more times than his predecessor did in 9. people want stats but eli manning’s stats aren’t very sexy, but has 2 rings nonetheless…keep it steady, don’t turn it over and let the d handle biz.. It can get you a ring…

  28. ravanator says: Oct 16, 2013 1:00 PM

    The AFC Offensive player of the weak mean nothing anymore. The NFL gave it to Dalton because they feel sorry for him and his team. Everyone gets a trophy in the world today.

    #ravensrepeat
    #bengalsoneanddone

  29. usmutts says: Oct 16, 2013 1:25 PM

    Nothing against Dalton ( he’s a fine player ) but I do think it odd that one QB is named player of the week for his performance in a game in which the opposing QB ( Thad Lewis ) outplayed him by a long shot even though having been called up from the practice squad less than a week earlier.

  30. djigel says: Oct 16, 2013 1:28 PM

    Look,
    I am a lifelong Bengals fan and I am not he biggest Dalton fan. A lot of the arguments for him are understandable – but, for me, he needs to begin to make some positive strides. The past few weeks, CLE and NE especially – he could not hit the broadside of a barn and consistently overthrew his receivers on routes that were less than 10 yards (comebacks, outs, etc which aren’t horribly difficult throws). His deep ball accuracy is enhanced by AJ Green and his ability to go up and get it, which isn’t a bad thing.

    My issue is with people who think there is going to be a huge uptick in his ability. He is what he is. He is a decent QB and a good game manager (which as he pushes to try to do more, he loses sight of and makes some bad decisions). He can lead a team, but can’t pick them up if they aren’t playing well. He doesn’t seem to have the resolve to do it. In the CLE game, he had opportunities to step up and make THE play. He couldn’t. Its not all on him, but an ideal QB for me is the guy who can will a team to a win.

    So – I won’t dump on Andy – he has his moments and is serviceable. But, if the Front Office sees him as a long-term solution for true success – I would be a little worried. I’d at least like to see them get a back up that will legitimately push him to improve (or an older vet to teach him).

    Lastly, yes, a big part of the issue is Gruden – when he is utilized right, he can be effective. But if a team takes away screens and short passes – Dalton may not have enough to get it done.

  31. tlshow says: Oct 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    I’ll take this guy any day over Carson Palmer. At least he doesn’t throw the pick six all day. His pocket awareness is twice as good. All I saw out of Palmer was poor ball handling, taking a knee when defense was offsides, and no running ability! Give the dude a chance! He is class all the way!

  32. t8ertot says: Oct 16, 2013 1:48 PM

    “Nothing against Dalton ( he’s a fine player ) but I do think it odd that one QB is named player of the week for his performance in a game in which the opposing QB ( Thad Lewis ) outplayed him by a long shot even though having been called up from the practice squad less than a week earlier.”

    Outplayed? Did you check the scoreboard?

  33. jwil007 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:49 PM

    ravanator says: Oct 16, 2013 1:00 PM

    The AFC Offensive player of the weak mean nothing anymore. The NFL gave it to Dalton because they feel sorry for him and his team. Everyone gets a trophy in the world today.

    #ravensrepeat
    #bengalsoneanddone

    Did Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Pollard and Kriger sign back with the team???? Repeat??? Laughable….Stop Flacco from throwing 5 INTS on the road…and maybe you will have a chance..lol

    usmutts says: Oct 16, 2013 1:25 PM

    Nothing against Dalton ( he’s a fine player ) but I do think it odd that one QB is named player of the week for his performance in a game in which the opposing QB ( Thad Lewis ) outplayed him by a long shot even though having been called up from the practice squad less than a week earlier.

    Thad outplayed him??? Thad threw for 2 TDs and about 250 Andy threw for 337 and 3TD’s…Are you SURE Thad outplayed Andy????
    Come on people look at the facts when making statements like that.

  34. Kaz says: Oct 16, 2013 2:52 PM

    People love to hate on Dalton, but he doesn’t care. He’s had the most success out of that draft class, and nobody can take that from him.

  35. pabrownsfan says: Oct 17, 2013 11:06 AM

    Good for him. Ive always liked him.

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