Saints vs Vikings: Grading Andy Dalton's performance from Week 4

Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws the ball
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws the ball / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints dropped to 1-3 after losing to the Vikings on Sunday. It was the first start for Andy Dalton as a member of the Saints and he did okay during his Saints debut.

The former TCU product went 20-of-28 tossing for 236 yards and one touchdown while getting sacked twice. He didn't throw any interceptions but he did lose a costly fumble in the first half while trying to do too much. That fumble set the Vikings offense up in great territory and they capitalized, adding three points to their total.

While that play was bad, Dalton was a step up from Jameis Winston, who was awful during his three starts of the season. Winston missed wide open guys and wouldn't even look their way and don't even get me started on the turnovers. Dalton hit those wide open guys and while he did fumble the football, he played a clean game otherwise.

What grade does Andy Dalton deserve in his Saints debut?

Dalton made this offense look the best they had all season. He was connecting with players down the field and gave them every chance to win this game. On the two-point conversion, Dalton took the time to wait it out and was able to hit a wide-open Jarvis Landry to give NOLA the two points needed to take a three-point lead.

I mentioned how Dalton wasn't perfect but it's hard to argue that he's not the better option at quarterback, at least until Jameis Winston is healthier. Because of his efforts in this game and giving the Saints a chance to win but also factoring in that his fumble was a brutal blow, I'm giving Dalton a C+.

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