Wednesday, October 30, 2013
QB Watch: Bengals' Andy Dalton
By Coley Harvey
A weekly analysis of the Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback play.
Rewind: Perhaps the most overused word in football lexicon is "consistency." Coaches always preach it. Players always say it. Fans always want it. Consistent success is the cornerstone of what this game is all about. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been the perfect model for it these past three weeks. During Sunday's 49-9 romp over the New York Jets, the third-year starter added to his already impressive recent résumé by posting his third straight 300-yard, three-touchdown game. He became only the ninth quarterback since 2001 to accomplish that feat in three consecutive regular-season contests.
Fast-forward: Dalton doesn't have long to enjoy his latest outing. He'll be looking to continue his run of consistency Thursday night when he leads the Bengals on the road against the Miami Dolphins. He'll be facing a pass defense that has been stingy much of the season, including this past Sunday when it allowed Tom Brady to throw for just 116 yards on 13 completions. Only twice this season have the Dolphins allowed a 300-yard passer, including Drew Brees' 397-yard outing in New Orleans.
QBR high: With a 98.9 Total QBR Sunday, Dalton had the highest single-game QBR score of his three-year career. He also ended up having a 125.7 passer rating that was a couple of plays away from being a perfect score. It was the third straight time he had a passer rating over 100.0 and marked the second consecutive game in which he had a 90.0-plus QBR.
Prediction: In last week's prediction, we said a third straight 300-yard performance for Dalton was a possibility. It happened. This week, I'm not as confident in saying to expect a fourth consecutive one, but still look for Dalton have another strong showing. With Cincinnati's defense decimated by injuries, the offense will have to put this game on its shoulders to win.