With Jameis Winston out for the second straight week, Andy Dalton got the nod to start for a New Orleans Saints team that desperately needed a win. Fortunately, Taysom Hill ran wild against the Seahawks and helped get the Saints a 39-32 victory to put them back in the win column for the first time since Week 1.
Despite the win, Dalton wasn't great in this game. The TCU product finished going 16-of-24 for 187 yards, one touchdown, and one interception while getting sacked just one time. He was thankful to have Hill help the offense out in a major way because otherwise, Dalton's performance wouldn't have been enough.
What grade does Andy Dalton deserve for Week 5 performance?
Let's break down the numbers from Dalton's second start.
First off, he failed to throw for 200 yards, which is hard to do in a pass-happy league. With the Seahawks being one of the worst passing defenses in the league, one would have thought that Dalton could have torched them this week but fortunately, Hill was able to take advantage of Seattle having no idea how to stop him. It was disappointing that Dalton didn't put up better numbers.
The touchdown Dalton had was a good one to Chris Olave, who got injured on the play. The refs surprised a lot of people by ruling that a touchdown but it was a nice throw from Dalton.
The interception was probably the worst throw of Dalton's Saints career. He underthrew the receiver and gave Tariq Woolen an easy pick, but fortunately, the Seahawks had to punt on that drive so no harm done.
All things considered, Andy Dalton could have and should have put up better numbers in this one. He made key throws when needed -- and drops from Tre'Quan Smith didn't help his case -- and only had one big mistake, which was the interception.
With all of that in mind, I'm giving Dalton a B- for his Week 5 performance.
What grade are you giving Dalton?