Andy Dalton
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Fri 4/2/21 11:34 AM9 Comments

General manager Ryan Pace confirmed Friday that he views Dalton as the Bears' starting quarterback, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
EDGE Analysis
The Bears had already listed Dalton as the "QB1" heading into OTAs, but to see Pace so openly talk of him as the starter would seem to confirm that a competition with Nick Foles isn't being seriously considered. Per Hoge, the general manger discussed Dalton's style of play -- specifically his affinity for play-action, RPOs and ability to drop back -- as being a good fit for coach Matt Nagy's offense. Dalton should certainly offer Chicago more consistency under center than Mitchell Trubisky did in recent years, but it's also fair to question the fantasy ceiling of a 33-year-old quarterback who only managed two 4,000-yard passing seasons in nine years as a starter.

Andy Dalton
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Wed 3/24/21 8:27 PM

The Bears listed Dalton as their "QB1" heading into OTAs.
EDGE Analysis
Dalton was expected to compete with Nick Foles for the starting job in 2021 after Mitchell Trubisky left for Buffalo in free agency. However, the Bears' social media account tipped off that Dalton is the clear frontrunner for the gig, and the Twitter post could even signal that the team may move on from Foles altogether. Dalton was serviceable in place of Dak Prescott (ankle) in Dallas last season, completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,170 yards (6.5 YPA), 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. With Allen Robinson sticking around on the franchise tag, Dalton will have at least one elite pass catcher at his disposal.

Andy Dalton
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Tue 3/16/21 5:05 PM

The Bears and Dalton agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
With Chicago poised to move on from 2017 second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky, the team has brought Dalton into its quarterback room, seemingly to compete with Nick Foles for the starting gig. Dalton filled in for Dak Prescott last season following his season-ending ankle injury, completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 11 contests. There are moving parts in the Bears offense, but Dalton at least will have the franchise-tagged Allen Robinson at his disposal in the passing game.

Andy Dalton
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Sun 1/3/21 5:03 PM

Dalton completed 29 of 47 pass attempts for 243 yards and one interception while adding 48 yards on seven carries during Sunday's 23-19 loss to the Giants.
EDGE Analysis
Dalton, who struggled mightily in the early going, averaged just 5.2 yards per attempt while completing 62 percent of his passes. He steadied the ship and led his team into the red zone with a chance to win late, only to throw an interception in the end zone in the face of relentless pressure. Dalton came into this one with an impressive 9:2 TD:INT over the last four games, but he couldn't get the job done in this one with a potential playoff spot on the line. The veteran showed he can still perform at times this season and will now enter free agency perhaps in hopes of earning another chance to start.

Andy Dalton
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Sun 12/27/20 11:29 PM

Dalton completed 22 of 30 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 37-17 win over the Eagles.
EDGE Analysis
He also gained 15 rushing yards on five carries. In a battle between two of the worst secondaries in the league, Dalton and Jalen Hurts combined for 719 passing yards, but it was the veteran who came out on top with two TD strikes to Michael Gallup and one to CeeDee Lamb, with both Gallup and Amari Cooper piling up 121 receiving yards on the afternoon. Dalton has tossed multiple touchdowns in four straight games, posting a 9:2 TD:INT over that stretch, while his performance Sunday marked his first 300-yard effort as a Cowboy. He'll look to keep that momentum going in Week 17's clash with the Giants, as both teams remain alive in the hunt for the NFC East title.

Andy Dalton
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Sun 12/20/20 4:57 PM

Dalton completed 19 of 33 pass attempts for 209 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers.
EDGE Analysis
Dalton completed just 57 percent of his passes as he struggled to connect with some of his top targets. He did avoid turning the ball over for the second straight game, however, while completing touchdown passes to Michael Gallup and Dalton Schultz. Dalton now has a 10:3 TD:INT over his last five games and has led the Cowboys to three wins in that stretch to climb back into the NFC East race. He'll look to build on his solid recent play next Sunday against the Eagles.

Andy Dalton
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Sun 12/13/20 8:53 PM

Dalton completed 16 of 23 pass attempts for 185 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 14 against the Bengals.
EDGE Analysis
Dalton returned to Cincinnati to face his former team and took advantage of a mistake-prone performance by the Bengals. He tallied multiple touchdowns for the third time in his last four starts, connecting with Amari Cooper and Tony Pollard for 11 and seven-yard touchdown tosses, respectively. After the Cowboys jumped out to a multiple-score lead in the second quarter, Dalton was asked to take to the air only 23 times while the team accumulated 25 rushing attempts. Dalton may need to take to the air more in Week 15 against San Francisco.

Andy Dalton
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Tue 12/8/20 11:12 PM

Dalton completed 31 of 48 passes for 285 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Cowboys' 34-17 loss to the Ravens on Tuesday night. He also gained two yards on his one rush.
EDGE Analysis
The veteran quarterback has looked increasingly comfortable helming the Cowboys offense as the season has unfolded, with Tuesday night's effort qualifying as one of Dalton's most productive yet this season. The 33-year-old threw a pair of impressive touchdown passes to Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper in the second and fourth quarter, respectively, giving him multiple scoring tosses in two of his last three games. Dalton's yardage tally was also a season high, with his one blemish coming in the second quarter in the form of an interception by Ravens star rookie Patrick Queen on a pass intended for Amari Cooper that was immediately followed by a 38-yard touchdown reception by Myles Boykin that gave Baltimore a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Dalton's play of late does offer some optimism for fantasy managers as playoffs begin, and those holding the former Bengal on their rosters could benefit from what should be an extra level of motivation for the Dallas signal-caller in a Week 14 matchup that will mark his return to Cincinnati.

Andy Dalton
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Thu 11/26/20 8:28 PM

Dalton completed 25 of 35 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Thursday's 41-16 loss to Washington. He also gained 17 rushing yards on three carries.
EDGE Analysis
The veteran QB hit Amari Cooper for a 54-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to give Dallas a 10-7 lead, but it proved to be the team's last lead of the afternoon as Washington's pass rush and ground attack took control. Dalton's INT was actually a pick-six, as Montez Sweat leaped to bring down an attempted screen pass and took it 15 yards for a score, but the game was already well out of hand at that point. The Cowboys remain in the hunt in the feeble NFC East despite the loss, but Dalton will need to step up his game in Week 13 if they're going to pull an upset in Baltimore.

Andy Dalton
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Sun 11/22/20 9:08 PM

Dalton completed 22 of 32 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns with an interception in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Vikings.
EDGE Analysis
All three TD passes went for six yards or less, as the Dallas offense rode Ezekiel Elliott and the running game between the 20s before Dalton finished the job in the red zone. It was an impressive return to action for the veteran QB, who'd missed the last two games due to a concussion and a COVID-19 diagnosis, and Dalton will get a chance for some revenge against the defense that knocked him out of action in Week 7 when Dallas faces Washington on Thanksgiving in an unlikely battle for the NFC East lead.