The injury bug hit quarterback Dak Prescott last Sunday against the New York Giants. With Prescott out the remainder of the season focus has now turned to Andy Dalton. In what has been a nightmare of a season for the Dallas Cowboys thus far, Dalton has an opportunity to lead the team to the playoffs. We will look at Dalton’s career and give a brief look ahead to the Arizona Cardinals matchup.
First, we will examine Dalton’s career in the NFL up to this point. For the first nine years of his career, Dalton was the chief signal caller for the Cincinnati Bengals. Dalton holds a number of franchise records for the Bengals. Dalton has the record for number of touchdown passes with 204 and was 70-61-2 in games he started for the Bengals. He was benched for the final eight starts of the 2019 season and the selection of Joe Burrow made his services expendable.
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Dalton was signed by the Cowboys to provide a steady backup for Dak Prescott. Sunday Dalton came in after the injury to Prescott and was solid. Dalton did fumble a snap, but he did not seem to have a problem after the turnover. He completed nine of his eleven passes for 111 yards and put the Cowboys in position to earn the victory.
However, the Cowboys must shift focus to a good Arizona Cardinals team. The weapons have not changed for Dalton. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb are still a dangerous trio in the passing game. Dallas also still have Ezekiel Elliott leading the rushing attack. If Andy Dalton has time to distribute the football, then the Cowboys will have a chance to put some points on the board. Bottom line is the skills and decision making are still present for Dalton. It simply comes down to protecting him and avoiding the killer turnover.