The New Orleans Saints have a quarterback conundrum on their hands with Andy Dalton's recent underwhelming performances. Expect more of the same from Dalton in Week 10.
Dalton deserved a failing grade in Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens, proving to the Saints and the league why he's not a viable starting quarterback. He threw for 210 passing yards and recorded one touchdown and one interception, but the play he gets crucified for is missing a wide-open Marquez Callaway in the red zone in the second quarter.
NOLA's offensive line didn't do him any favors, yet Dalton looked absolutely miserable out there on the field to the extent that Taysom Hill stepped in for a few snaps under center.
Unfortunately, Dalton's luck likely won't change in Week 10 when he faces a tough Steelers defense made even tougher by a rejuvenated T.J. Watt.
T.J. Watt is going to give Saints' Andy Dalton nightmares in Week 10
Watt is expected to play in Week 10 after suffering a pectoral muscle injury at the start of the season. The 2021 Defensive Player of the Year is no doubt eager to make up for lost time and rack up his sack total, and he'll get the perfect chance to do so against a beaten-up Saints O-line and a nervous, erratic passer in Andy Dalton.
So far this season, NOLA is 2-4 with Dalton under center. Dalton has recorded only one game with more than 240 passing yards and has thrown four interceptions in the last three games.
Head coach Dennis Allen called Dalton's Week 9 outing a "bad day at the office" and re-instilled his faith in the veteran quarterback, who is set to start against the Steelers.
With a presumably healthy Jameis Winston on the sidelines, though, we wouldn't be surprised if Dalton gets replaced mid-game, especially if the Saints go down early.
For all of Winston's faults, he possesses a stronger arm to potentially lead the Saints to a comeback victory and could jump at the chance to re-earn the starting spot.
Dalton has the support of his coaches for now, but after Week 10 there may be no more office days for him -- he's getting sent home.