Grading Andy Dalton's performance from Week 15 win

Andy Dalton, New Orleans Saints
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It's victory Monday and well, when the New Orleans Saints win, it's always a glorious way to start a new week. The Saints took care of business in Week 15 to the final tune of 21-18 over the Atlanta Falcons in front of the home crowd in the Caesars Superdome. When it comes to giving a grade to the performance of the "Red Rifle" under center, it's pretty easy in the grand scheme of things.

Quarterback Andy Dalton came to play and delivered a pretty solid performance in a big NFC South rivalry game. He threw for 151 passing yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions, and ended the game with a 64.7 completion percentage. Wide receiver Juwan Johnson caught both touchdown passes from Dalton and for fantasy football owners out there that started him, definitely made for an even better NFL Sunday.

Thanks to Dalton and even Taysom Hill when he was playing quarterback, it was enough to put the Falcons away and believe it or not, keep those NFL playoff hopes alive. Yes ladies and gentlemen, even as the Saints are now officially 5-9 at this point of the season, they are still eligible for a potential postseason berth.

Andy Dalton earns A- grade in Week 15 win over the Atlanta Falcons

Needless to say, Dalton earned an A- grade for doing his part on the Saints for a much-needed Week 15 win over the Falcons to keep those playoff hopes alive. He spread the football around pretty well to keep those chains moving and even though it wasn't a resounding win, a win is a win at the end of the day.

It will be very interesting to see what will transpire with where the Saints ultimately end up in the NFC South at the end of the regular season. The good news is, if Dalton keeps playing like this, they could be right in the thick of things until the final week of the regular season. At the time of this writing, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are only ahead of everyone else in the NFC South by just one game at 6-8. This Division could look entirely different by Week 18 and hopefully, the Saints are on top when all is set and done.