JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the the Cincinnati Bengals looks to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars October 9, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bengals won 30 - 20. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
An interesting statistic comes out of ESPN's AFC North blog, now authored by Jamison Hensley that breaks down how many passes are thrown out of shotgun by a division quarterback.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is completing 59.6% of his passes out of shotgun for 703 yards passing and a passer rating of 75.6. Dalton ranks second in the AFC North behind McCoy, whose completing 62.8% of his passes for a quarterback rating of 81.6.
Additionally Dalton is a far more effective quarterback throwing to his left within ten yards, posting a passer rating of 115.8, completing 15 of 20 passes for 86 yards. However if he finds A.J. Green going deep down the right sidelines, Dalton's quarterback rating balloons to 122.3 on passes 20 yards or more (completing five of 11 passes for 182 yards passing). And if you're playing against Dalton, hope to god you're not beating the Bengals by 15 points or more. Dalton's quarterback rating is a perfect 158.3 during those situations.
How is Dalton under pressure?
Opposing defenses have blitzed Andy Dalton during 61 drops, posting seven quarterback sacks. During those blitzes, when Dalton releases the football, he completes 32 of 54 passes (59.3%) for 317 yards passing with a touchdown and interception and a passer rating of 74.4.