The New Orleans Saints are 3-6 on the year after falling to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Andy Dalton made his sixth start for the team and while no one thought the guy was the long-term answer, at least he had mostly been playing well. That was not the case this past week, as primetime Andy Dalton returned to make Saints fans' lives miserable.
Dalton didn't have much help from his offensive line in the Monday night beatdown but he clearly wasn't comfortable throughout the entire game. He was rushing throws, missing wide-open players, and just overall playing poorly.
Dalton's final stat line from the 27-13 loss was 19-of-29 for 210 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and four sacks. It was hard for him to do a ton of damage with how poorly the o-line played but there were plenty of opportunities for him to make throws that could have changed the course of the game. He didn't take advantage.
What grade does Andy Dalton deserve in Week 9?
The Saints got beat badly and Dalton was a big reason why they got their butts kicked in primetime television. He's usually a decent-enough quarterback because he limits mistakes and takes what the defense gives him but we didn't see that version of Dalton show up. He truly is a much different quarterback when he's forced to play under the lights.
The offensive line didn't play well but they weren't responsible for Dalton missing wide-open receivers (he had Marquez Callaway open in the end zone for an easy touchdown at the end of the first quarter and he just straight up missed him). I can't give Dalton a passing grade for this abysmal outing. He gets an F.
What grade are you giving Andy Dalton for his Week 9 performance?