While it is not the literal halfway point, the bye week does separate the first half from the second half, and therefore is a good time to hand out mid-way report cards.
Oct 31, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) yells out at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
At times, Dalton has been an A+. At other times, Dalton has been an F. Unfortunately, for the most part, he has been one or the other and has not been able to spend much time anywhere in between. 7-4 is good, but could (probably should) be better. After 11 games, he is on pace for 4,297 yards, 31 TDs, 61.5% comp., 7.21 avg. and a 85.2 rating – all of which would be career highs and all of which are very good (in a vacuum).
He is also on pace for 22 INTs and 6 fumbles – both very bad and both career highs. Though not all his fault, Dalton has to find some level of consistency. No recipe for long term success includes 28 turnovers by the QB. If less throwing means less yards and TDs, I am fine with that as long as it means significantly less turnovers. In the last 5 games, the Bengals need to find some consistency and success in the run game and run the ball more to help Dalton.
Andy Dalton should never be in the top 5 in attempts (4th) – at least not at this point in his career.