Andy Dalton

New Orleans Saints
Quarterback #14
New Orleans Saints
Quarterback #14

Andy Dalton News

Sold performance in divisional loss

Dalton was 20-for-28 passing for 229 yards and one touchdown during Monday's 17-16 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Dalton logged one of his cleanest performances of the season, accumulating 8.2 yards per attempt against a Tampa Bay defense that was tied for fifth in yards per attempt allowed (6.6) coming into Week 13. However, the veteran still posted fewer than 250 passing yards for the eighth time in his 10 starts. His scoring production also remained limited by New Orleans' inefficiency in the red zone, as the team settled for field goals of 38, 21 and 29 yards. This unit will now have a bye week to rest and recover before taking on the Falcons' 26th-ranked passing defense Week 15.

Dec 5, 2022 9:32 PM EST

Mild output in shutout loss

Dalton completed 18 of 29 pass attempts for 204 yards and rushed four times for 21 yards in Sunday's 13-0 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: It was a game to forget for Dalton and the entire New Orleans offense after they were shut out for the first time since 2002. Outside of a couple of missed throws, the veteran quarterback didn't actually play all that poorly, producing his second straight game with 200 passing yards and no turnovers. Dalton should remain a middling fantasy option when the Saints take on the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football in Week 13.

Nov 27, 2022 6:36 PM EST

Bounces back with big win

Dalton was 21-for-25 passing for 260 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 27-20 victory over the Rams.

Analysis: Amid speculation about whether Jameis Winston should take over as New Orleans' starting quarterback, Dalton responded with his best outing of the season Week 11. Despite taking three sacks while working behind a patchwork offensive line, the 35-year-old was able to complete all but four of his passing attempts in the face of a Rams pass rush headlined by Aaron Donald. The quarterback also threw a game-long 53-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave down the middle of the field in the third quarter, putting the Saints up 24-14. While this performance should secure Dalton's starting job for the time being, he's set for another tough test next week against the 49ers.

Nov 20, 2022 3:07 PM EST

Still starting Sunday

Coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday that Dalton will be the Saints' starting quarterback Sunday against the Rams, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Analysis: During Dalton's seven previous starts this season, the Saints have gone 2-5 to fall to 3-7 overall. And he had perhaps his worst performance of the season this past Sunday at Pittsburgh, where he completed 17 of 27 passes for 174 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a 27-17 loss. Still, Allen will continue to roll with Dalton under center, even though Jameis Winston is 100 percent healthy at the moment.

Nov 16, 2022 12:29 PM EST

Poor in loss to Pittsburgh

Dalton completed 17 of his 27 passes for 174 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Dalton turned in another poor effort, highlighted by two fourth-quarter interceptions, the first of which up a Steelers' touchdown and another that effectively ended the game. The primary positive to take from his performance was a 15-yard touchdown to Juwan Johnson just before halftime. However, Dalton has failed to top 200 passing yards in three of his seven games as the Saints' starter and has only one touchdown in five of those matchups. With Jameis Winston fully healthy, Dalton could be at risk of losing his starting job.

Nov 13, 2022 6:25 PM EST

Struggles against Ravens

Dalton completed 19 of 29 passes for 210 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Monday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens. He added two rushes for five yards.

Analysis: Dalton's final stat line doesn't look terrible, but he padded it significantly in garbage time. His lone touchdown went for 41 yards with the Saints down 27-7 late in the fourth quarter, and the Ravens gave up on the play after mistakenly believing that Juwan Johnson had stepped out of bounds. While Dalton has likely done enough to maintain his starting role heading into a Week 10 matchup against the Steelers, he has managed only one total touchdown in four of his six games on the season.

Nov 7, 2022 9:33 PM EST

Throws two TDs

Dalton completed 22 of 30 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-0 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Dalton found tailback Alvin Kamara on both of his scores. Without any turnovers or sacks, it was a clean performance from the signal caller, who was picked off three times in Week 7's defeat. On the back of his first multi-touchdown win as a Saint, Dalton has helped his stock ahead of his upcoming matchup versus the Ravens.

Oct 30, 2022 1:20 PM EST

Named as starter

Dalton will start Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Coach Dennis Allen made the announcement Wednesday, adding that the Saints now consider Jameis Winston to be healthy, per Katherine Terrell of It's thus clear Dalton has moved ahead of his teammate on the depth chart, rather than merely being an injury replacement while Winston finishes up his recovery from back and ankle injuries. Of course, Dalton could also lose the job back to Winston if he doesn't perform well.

Oct 26, 2022 12:49 PM EST

Big night marred by pick-sixes

Dalton completed 30 of 47 attempts for 361 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions in the Saints' 42-34 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night. He also rushed four times for 21 yards.

Analysis: Dalton's night was the epitome of a mixed bag, as he offset his highest passing yardage total since Week 16 of the 2020 season with three back-breaking interceptions, the first at the Cardinals' nine-yard line followed by a pair of pick-sixes on back-to-back possessions late in the second quarter that changed the dynamic of the game for good. To his credit, Dalton kept battling with a short-handed pass-catching corps down Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) and helped get New Orleans within eight points via a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Juwan Johnson before the rally fell short. Despite the gaudy numbers, it's likely Jameis Winston (back/ankle), who's been healthy enough to serve as the No. 2 quarterback the last two games, returns to starting duty for a Week 8 home matchup against the Raiders a week from Sunday.

Oct 20, 2022 9:05 PM EST

Confirmed as Week 7 starter

Coach Dennis Allen confirmed Dalton (back) will be the Saints' starting quarterback Thursday at Arizona, Omar Ruiz of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Both Dalton and Jameis Winston (back/ankle) avoided designations for New Orleans' Week 7 matchup, but the team will continue to roll with the former for at least one more game. The team doesn't want to press Winston into action prematurely after dealing with four small fractures in his back, an ankle issue and a hip flexor injury already this season. Meanwhile, Dalton will earn a fourth consecutive start under center, which so far has resulted in 585 yards passing, three touchdowns and one interception on the first three occasions.

Oct 20, 2022 3:01 PM EST

Signs point toward Thursday start

Dalton is trending toward a start Thursday versus the Cardinals, but the Saints have yet to officially name a starter, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Coach Dennis Allen declined to officially name a starter for Thursday between Dalton and Jameis Winston (back/ankle), saying "I think we'll just wait 'til game time," but Terrell reports that 'signs point' toward the team continuing to roll with Dalton on a short week. Winston remains limited in practice but doesn't have an injury designation, while Dalton practiced in full Wednesday after opening the week with back-to-back limited sessions. If Dalton indeed starts Thursday in Arizona, which may not become official until shortly before the 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff, he will have standout rookie Chris Olave back from the concussion protocol, but have to operate without Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle), in addition to guard Andrus Peat (pectoral).

Oct 20, 2022 8:23 AM EST

Starting status remains unclear

Dalton (back) practiced fully Wednesday and doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game in Arizona.

Analysis: Coach Dennis Allen told Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football earlier Wednesday that he hasn't made a call on the Saints' starting quarterback for Week 7 between Dalton and Jameis Winston (back/ankle), the latter of whom was limited Monday through Wednesday but also avoided a designation for Thursday. Dalton himself opened the week with back-to-back capped sessions before logging every rep Wednesday, making it clear he's in a better spot than Winston, health-wise. Ultimately, Allen doesn't have to make his decision known before Thursday's kickoff, but if Dalton gets the nod, he again won't have wide receivers Michael Thomas (foot) or Jarvis Landry (ankle) at his disposal.

Oct 19, 2022 2:21 PM EST

Could start again, but not named

Coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday that he'll wait until Thursday to decide between Dalton (back) and Jameis Winston (back/ankle) as the starting quarterback for Thursday's game in Arizona, Erin Summers of the Saints' official website reports.

Analysis: Health presumably will be a key factor, with Dalton likely in better shape from that standpoint despite dealing with a back injury that limited his practice participation this week. Winston is recovering from back fractures and an ankle injury, having served as Dalton's backup in a loss to the Bengals on Sunday. Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football believes Dalton is likely to start Thursday's game.

Oct 19, 2022 11:58 AM EST

Puts forth limited practice

The Saints listed Dalton (back) as a limited participant at Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: Dalton was labeled as a limited participant on Monday's estimated practice report, and he maintained that level of activity when the Saints got on the field for the first time since Sunday's loss to the Bengals. Jameis Winston (back/ankle) was also listed as a limited participant, but Dalton may be the healthier of the two signal-callers at this stage, as John Hendrix of notes that Dalton was taking the first-team reps in the open portion of Tuesday's session. Barring a dramatic increase in his activities Wednesday, Winston looks like he could miss out on a fourth straight start Thursday, when the Saints face the Cardinals in Arizona. Winston could still be available as an emergency backup behind Dalton, provided the latter doesn't regress in his own recovery from a back injury and is able to start on a short week.

Oct 18, 2022 1:55 PM EST

Dealing with back injury

Dalton (back) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's estimated injury report, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reprots.

Analysis: Dalton has started three consecutive contests in the place of Jameis Winston (back/ankle), who was active for Week 6 but still not 100 percent, but the veteran quarterback appears to have picked up an injury of his own. The extent of Dalton's back injury remains unclear, but Tuesday and Wednesday's injury reports should provide further clarity on the situation.

Oct 17, 2022 1:56 PM EST

Limited output in losing effort

Dalton completed 17 of 32 pass attempts for 162 yards and one touchdown (no turnovers) in Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Dalton wasn't as efficient as we'd seen in his last two starts in place of Jameis Winston (back/ankle), but he did have the Saints leading late in the fourth quarter. The aforementioned Winston was healthy enough to suit up as the backup, but it was reported before the game that Dalton could continue to start with strong play, according to's Ian Rapoport. It is worth noting that the veteran signal-caller was without his three top receiving options, but the results were still vanilla from a fantasy standpoint. Should Dalton continue to start for New Orleans, he would do so on a short week against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Oct 16, 2022 4:31 PM EST

Working with depleted receiver room

Dalton is expected to be working without each of his top three receivers while he makes his third consecutive start Sunday against the Bengals, reports.

Analysis: Though top signal-caller Jameis Winston (back/ankle) is listed as questionable for the contest, he's unlikely to be available as anything more than a backup option behind Dalton, who has managed the Saints to a 1-1 record over his previous two starts. In those games, Dalton hasn't been asked to do much, as he's attempted just 52 passes, completing 69.2 percent of those throws for 8.1 yards per attempt and a 2:1 TD:INT. Even if a negative game script forces Dalton to drop back more frequently Sunday, he won't have many established weapons to work with in the passing game aside from running back Alvin Kamara. Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) have already been ruled out for their third and second straight games, respectively, while standout rookie Chris Olave is listed as questionable but is still experiencing concussion symptoms and isn't likely to play. Additionally, depth wideout Deonte Harty (foot) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, leaving Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, Keith Kirkwood, Rashid Shaheed and Kevin White as the team's available options at the position. That quintet has combined for 13 receptions through the first five weeks of the season.

Oct 16, 2022 6:19 AM EST

Will start against Bengals

Dalton will start Sunday's game against the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jameis Winston (back/ankle) has been a limited participant in practice this week and might be available as the backup, but Dalton will get at least one more start, leading an offense that's without Michael Thomas (foot) for a third straight game. Dalton has only 52 pass attempts and two TDs through two starts, with the Saints going run-heavy and using Taysom Hill for a lot of direct snaps, especially in the red zone. Wide receivers Chris Olave (concussion) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) also appear in danger of missing Sunday's game, furthering the case for a run-first offense, though Cincinnati's solid front seven might have something to say about it.

Oct 14, 2022 12:04 PM EST

Manages Saints to win

Dalton completed 16 of 24 passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 39-32 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Dalton made his second consecutive start in the absence of Jameis Winston (back). While his stat line was uninspiring, Dalton successfully distributed the ball to key playmakers such as Chris Olave (concussion) and Alvin Kamara. Though Dalton has filled in relatively effectively for Winston, it's worth noting that Taysom Hill lined up as the team's quarterback on several occasions, taking away opportunity from Dalton. Hill could remain involved, particularly so long as the Saints remain without Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle).

Oct 9, 2022 6:19 PM EST

Getting another start

Dalton will start Sunday's game against the Seahawks, while fellow quarterback Jameis Winston (back/ankle) likely will be listed as doubtful, Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: In other words, Winston has a slim chance to be active but only as the backup, Dalton thus gets another start after completing 20 of 28 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown in a 28-25 loss to the Vikings in London last week. The Saints may be missing WR Michael Thomas (foot) again, but RB Alvin Kamara (ribs) is on track to return and face one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

Oct 7, 2022 11:58 AM EST

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