With the news that Jameis Winston has been ruled as 'Doubtful' for Sunday's game against the Vikings, that means it's Andy Dalton time for the New Orleans Saints!
The Saints signed Dalton for this exact reason. He's not the same starting-caliber quarterback that he was during his nine years in Cincinnati but he's one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league because of that experience as a starter. He'll get the nod to take the field on Sunday when the Saints "host" the Vikings in London and this could be just the spark the NOLA offense needs to turn things around.
Of course, Dalton won't be armed with all of the weapons New Orleans previously had at their disposal, as Michael Thomas has already been ruled OUT and both Jarvis Landry and Alvin Kamara are both ruled as 'Questionable'.
Still, fans wanted Dennis Allen to turn to Dalton because it was clear that Winston wasn't feeling 100%. Dalton should hopefully be able to make the throws that Winston was missing.
Saints counting on Andy Dalton to get their offense going
Even if the aforementioned players don't suit up on Sunday, there's still Chris Olave, Mark Ingram, Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harty, and Juwan Johnson for Dalton to target. Hey, maybe he'll even be able to get the most out of Adam Trautman!
At this point, the Saints offense isn't clicking and something has to give. Some fans have felt as though the blame should be placed on Dennis Allen, others on Pete Carmichael, and then there's some who believe the blame is on Winston. If Dalton is able to step in this weekend and make an impact, it'll become a little easier to figure out who to blame in this situation.
Winston might end up getting the starting job back down the line but New Orleans can afford to let him rest up and get healthy. That's why they went out and got Andy Dalton in the first place.