Earning Their Stripes

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This week’s candidates for “Earning their Stripes” features several players who entered the year with high expectations, and have done everything to not only meet them, but exceed them as well.


September 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-US PRESSWIRE


Andy Dalton had another outstanding performance as he finished the day 20/31 for 244 yards, two TDs and one pick for a QB rating of 96.7. Over the past three games, Dalton is completing 63/89(71%) of his passes while throwing eight TDs to just three INTs. It’s no surprise the Bengals are 3-0 in that span, as they’ve relied heavily on the arm of Dalton.

He is on pace to throw for close to 4,500 yards and 30+ TDs, and according to ESPN, Dalton has also boosted his Total Quarterback Rating from 45.8 last season to 73.1 in four games this season. He’s also been very efficient in the clutch. In the 4th-quarter this year when the game is tied or within 7 points, Dalton is 16/17 for 274 yards and four TDs to ZERO picks for a perfect QB rating of 158.3 That included hitting A.J. Green on an 18-yard score against the Jaguars to put the Bengals up 24-10 which sealed the win for the Bengals.


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