Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton: 2011 Year in Review and 2012 Fantasy Football Outlook

2011 Year in Review

2011 was one heck of a season for this rookie quarterback Andy Dalton for the Cincinnati Bengals.  With former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer gone, the Bengals got more than an adequate replacement, and Dalton provided the necessary intelligence and composure in his rookie season.  Although he faltered during the 31-10 AFC Wildcard playoff loss to the Houston Texans, he has given the once soft Cincinnati Bengals team hope for the future.

In his 2011 regular season as a rookie, Dalton had 3,398 passing yards, 2o touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 3 fumbles and a solid 80.4 quarterback rating.  He started off fairly strong in his first full start against the Denver Broncos with a quarterback rating of 107.0 with 332 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.  Against the tough defense of the San Francisco 49ers in the following game, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had his worst game of the regular season.  He had 157 yards passing, 2 interceptions and a dismal 40.8 quarterback rating. He got steadily better until week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts.  Facing the porous defense of the Colts, he performed well with a 111.5 quarterback rating on 264 yards passing and a touchdown.  Again, with the tougher defenses of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in week 10 and 11, he didn’t perform quite as well with a 61.8 and 60.7 quarterback rating in those respective regular season games. In week 12 against the Cleveland Browns, he performed above-average with a quarterback rating of 105.6 on 270 passing yards and a touchdown. After that game, he faced tough defenses of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Houston Texans, and the Baltimore Ravens.  With these defenses, his quarterback rating declined gradually, culminating in a 65.7 quarterback rating on 232 yards passing and no touchdowns. In the AFC Wildcard playoff against the Houston Texans, Dalton fell to a dismal 51.4 quarterback rating on 257 passing yards and 3 interceptions.

2012 Fantasy Football Outlook

Given this is his rookie season, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton still has a lot of growing pains ahead.  Given his statistics during the regular season, he has performed QB3 to low-end QB2 numbers.  With the Bengals getting into the playoffs, the schedule should be about the same next year with Andy Dalton facing some difficult defenses ahead.  Although he has 12th-ranked running back Cedric Benson, he can’t continuously lean on him as Cleveland Browns Colt McCoy learned with their running back Peyton Hillis.  Dalton should be able to produce low to mid-QB2 numbers next season and worth a seat on your bench.  He’s worth a gamble as he does have an upside.  However, he needs a couple of seasons more to mature, and in the 2012 regular season, he should be only played with favorable matchups or a bye-week replacement.

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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans: AFC Wild Card Playoff Post-Game Analysis

This should be an interesting matchup as two potent running backs go at each other with fifth-ranked running back the Houston Texans Arian Foster against twelfth-ranked running back Cincinnati Bengals Cedric Benson. To top things off, veteran quarterback Houston Texans Matt Schaub has been sidelined and recovering from surgery.  The rookie Texans quarterback T.J. Yates will go against brilliant rookie Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in perhaps the most significant game of his career to date. This wildcard playoff game was played at the Texans’ Reliant Stadium.

Now the post-game analysis:

  • With a penalty from the Texans’ safety Glover Quin at 9:16 in the first quarter, it led to an easy touchdown by the Bengals’ Cederic Benson.
  • But the Houston’s return with theirs on the next drive with Arian Foster from 8-yards out after a penalty from Bengals’ safety Reggie Nelson. These offenses are already going at each other by the end of first quarter after they settle down.
  • The Houston Texans defense steps up and forces Bengals kicker Matt Nugent to miss a 50-yard field goal at 12:52 in the second quarter.
  • Bengals tight end Donald Lee has a 36-yard reception at 9:20 in the second quarter after breaking tackles.  Ultimately, the Bengals stall, and Mike Nugent kicks a shotput 37-yard field goal with 7:14 left.
  • Texans kicker Neil Rackers answers with 39-yard field goal to tie the game 10-10 with 1:48 left until halfime.
  • A 29-yard interception by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt gives the Texans a 17-10 lead with 1:26 in the second quarter. He punctuated the second half by a sack on Andy Dalton with eight seconds left.
  • After miscues by Andy Dalton forcing time to call timeout early in the third quarter, the Cincinnati Bengals could not get into rhythm.  Meanwhile, the Houston Texans begin to roll.  Defensive end Antonio Smith gets a sack on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton with 6:25 left in the third quarter.
  • The Houston Texans score with a 40-yard reception from Andre Johnson to gain a 24-10 lead with 1:18 left in the third quarter.  The pass was phenomenal as the Bengals safeties lost containment of the Texans talented wideout.
  • Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell gets another sack on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton at the start of the fourth quarter. The Texans defense is still feeling the momentum, and Andy Dalton is feeling the pressure. To make matters worse, Dalton throws an interception to Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph on a fourth down at 12:46 in the fourth quarter.  Clearly, the pressure has gotten to Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, and he has been shaken.
  • A tackle by Texans fullback James Casey on the punt at 7:38 in the fourht quarter sets Andy Dalton and his Bengals on the Cincinnati Bengals 9-yard line.  Yet another interception on Andy Dalton as the pass for A.J. Green is intercepted by safety Danieal Manning with 7:09 left.
  • Houston Texans running back Arian Foster scores a 42-yard touchdown after missed tackles by the Bengals.  The score is 31-10 Texans with 5:26 left in the game.
  • The Bengals were dazed and confused as Andy Dalton is forced to call their last timeout at 2:28 left, but it is to no avail as Johnathan Joseph breaks up the fourth down pass.

Cincinnati Bengals brilliant quarterback Andy Dalton had a rookie presence with 3 interceptions and a dismal 51.4 quarterback rating in this AFC Wildcard playoff game. T.J. Yates performed better with a 97.7 quarterback rating surprisingly despite it was only his third NFL start after injuries to starting quarterback Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart.  The first half became a battle after the teams settled down.  Whereas quarterback Andy Dalton was the factor in the first half for the Cincinnati Bengals, running back Arian Foster was the factor for the Houston Texans.

With the halftime show in tow, Charles Barkley was seriously out of place with his inane football discussion.  He should stick to basketball analysis instead. At least, with basketball, he’s conversant on the topic but not much better.

With the assistance of receptions and rushing by Arian Foster, Houston Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates found breathing room and rhythm he gained from the second quarter.  Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson finally broke through in the third quarter with a touchdown, and Arian Foster gained a touchdown in the last quarter.  Throughout the second half, the Houston Texans defense clinched down on Bengals Andy Dalton and with the 31-10 Texans lead, the defense played containment and held in the redzone.

Now the Houston Texans will face the Baltimore Ravens at M & T Bank Stadium in the AFC Divisional playoff game.  That should be an interesting matchup as one of the league’s fifth-ranked running back Arian Foster will go against second-ranked run defense in the league.  It’s going to be tougher sledding for this elite running back.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Wisconsin Badgers: Rose Bowl Post-Game Analysis

The TCU Horned Frogs has NCAA’s best defense against the balanced attack of the Wisconsin Badgers led by their quarterbacks Scott Tolzein and running back Montee Ball.  This did turn into one heck of a game.

Here’s my observations for this fantastic Rose Bowl game:

  • TCU’s quarterback Andy Dalton carried the team for much of the first half.  With his passing score to Bart Johnson mid-first quarter and his rushing touchdown late second quarter, he pretty much carried the team.  With only 32 total yards rushing by the half, TCU did not have much of a balanced attack.
  • On the other side, the Badgers played to their strengths, which was to establish a more balanced offense, with a focus on the run.  Badgers Montee Ball established himself early with an early 40-yard run in the first quarter.  Ball also ran an 18-yarder early in the second quarter.  He has kept the first-ranked TCU defense honest for much of the first half.
  • The Badgers led into the half with nearly 3 times the time of piossession and nearly 1oo more yards.
  • TCU’s Andy Dalton established a more balanced attack into the second half with passes to wide receiver Jimmy Young and running back Ed Wesley.  With that, they also established a rushing offense with Matthew Tucker and ultimately Luke Shivers for the 1-yard touchdown run for a 21-13 lead.
  • The duo of Jeremy Kerley and Jimmy Young for TCU helped Andy Dalton control the time of possession late into the fourth quarter, although using running backs would be much more effective way of managing the clock.
  • The balanced attack of the TCU and the Wisconsin offenses countered each other for much of this game. No one had established any significant momentum for this game after the second half.
  • Badgers running back John Clay pounded the TCU defense with two successive runs late in the fourth quarter of 14 and 30 yards.  Fantastic bit of running…
  • The onside kick to TCU’s Bart Johnson by the Badgers fundamentally sealed the game.
  • Badgers running back Monte Ball had spectacular day with 132 yards rushing and 1 touchdown for a close 21-19 game.

The Wisconsin Badgers offense almost mounted a comeback late in the fourth quarter with a loss of 21-19 to the TCU Horned Frogs.  But their running game simply could not do it alone.  The Badgers did not have the ability to stretch the field, and ultimately, that cost them the Rose Bowl.