Best and worst from Andy Dalton in Saints Week 11 win

Los Angeles Rams v New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Rams v New Orleans Saints / Sean Gardner/GettyImages

The New Orleans Saints got back into the win column with a much-needed victory over the Los Angeles Rams. This game marked the first time the Rams had been back to the Superdome since the infamous "no call" in the NFC Championship in early 2019. These were two very different teams since then, however.

Andy Dalton played well after some stinkers these past few weeks. In fact, the Red Rifle put up a career-high passer rating, per Saints PR. He threw for 260 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions while notching just four incompletions on the day. It was an impressive performance from the TCU alum.

Let's check out his best and worst moments from the win over the battered Rams.

Worst from Andy Dalton

With the Saints up 24-17 early in the fourth quarter, it still felt like a game that could change in an instant. That's why when the NOLA offense made it into the red zone, it was important for the team to get a touchdown on the board to make things much more difficult for the Rams and their backup quarterback, who entered the game in place of a concussed Matthew Stafford.

While this didn't end up costing the Saints a much-needed win, it was looked at as a very frustrating moment during the actual game. What happened was that the Saints had the ball at the Rams' 3-yard line and it was 2nd-and-Goal. Dalton took an ill-advised sack and all of a sudden it was 3rd-and-Goal from the Rams' 14-yard-line.

The Saints ended up having to settle for a Wil Lutz field goal, which put them up by 10 instead of 14. It definitely made fans nervous at the time but fortunately, everything worked out in New Orleans' favor for once.

Katherine Terrell noted on Twitter that after Dalton took this sack, he had his hands on his hip and there were cries from the stands to put Jameis Winston into the game. He's a veteran in the league and knows that in that situation, he needs to just throw the ball out of bounds and give up on the play. He could have cost his team at that moment.

Best from Andy Dalton

For the most part, especially in the second half. we got good Andy Dalton. It took the Saints rotating him and Taysom Hill at quarterback and the weapons coming to play, but hey -- A good game is a good game, right?

Dalton threw three touchdowns in this game but his best came midway through the third quarter when he made a gutsy throw to Chris Olave downfield that ended with Olave diving into the end zone. Dalton was getting hit when he made this throw and he banked on Olave getting to it and that's what quarterbacks need to do when they have a weapon like Olave -- Trust that your best weapon is going to go get the football.

I would have to agree with PFF Saints that this was Dalton's best throw of the season. It was a heck of a throw and Olave rewarded his trust.

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What would you consider to be Andy Dalton's best and worst from this week?