• Allison McMillian

Bengals, Andy Dalton face tough season ahead

Andrew Dalton, known to his teammates and fans as Andy, is a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He played for Texas Christian University, and led them to win the 2011 Rose Bowl.

Andy signed a six-year contract worth $96 million in 2014. This past Sunday, Sept. 9, 2017, he completed only 16 of 31 passes, while also throwing four interceptions and giving up a fumble as his team lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 20-0. This opening was the second-lowest-rated game of his career, according to Bleacher Report.

He was supposed to be getting better as he got older and gained experience in the League, but his passer rating has dropped from 106.3 to a 91.8. He ranked 24 out of 30 quarterbacks in touchdown rate last season, as Pro Football Focus points out.

In other team news, Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth and high-ceiling right guard Kevin Zeitler were let go from the Bengals last season, even though the team had the salary to re-sign them both. The Bengals offensive line did not preform as well without the two as Cedric Ogbuehi and Trey Hopkins took their places. Hopkins already has a knee injury from this past game.

The season does not look to appealing for the Bengals because they have started out rough. At least three players have already been injured, and they have yet to score any points. Hopefully, they will score at their next game.

Update: After his poor performance against Baltimore Sept. 10, 2017, Dalton followed up with a much stronger performance against the Houston Texans; he threw for 224 yards and finished with a 76.4 quarterback rating on the day.