ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to pass in the second half of the game against the St. Louis Rams on December 18, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Bengals defeated the Rams 20-13. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
We know that we’re a little late with our weekly Game Ball, but due to Christmas and all of the other excuses in the book that simply implies having a forgetful nature. On the surface Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton didn’t post the type of numbers that warrants notice, completing 18 of 31 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally Dalton’s second half was shockingly ineffective, completing three of nine passes for 18 yards passing. Thankfully it was the first half that really mattered.
Last week against the Arizona Cardinals, Andy Dalton completed 15 of 22 passes in the first half, registering 136 yards passing and two touchdowns, helping the Bengals outscore the Cardinals by 20 points.
It’s the third time this year that we’ve awarded the Game Ball to Dalton, who is one of two players we’ve awarded this to more than once this season (the other being Carlos Dunlap).
Week Two Against Denver: Quarterback Andy Dalton
Week Three Against San Francisco: Defensive End Jonathan Fanene
Week Four Against Buffalo: Place Kicker Mike Nugent
Week Five Against Jacksonville: Tight End Jermaine Gresham
Week Six Against Indianapolis: Quarterback Andy Dalton
Week Seven (Bye Week): Bengals Owner Mike Brown
Week Eight Against Seattle: Defensive End Carlos Dunlap
Week Nine Against Tennessee: Defensive End Carlos Dunlap
Week Ten Against Pittsburgh: Linebacker Manny Lawson
Week Eleven Against Baltimore: Wide Receiver Jerome Simpson
Week Twelve Against Cleveland: Wide Receiver A.J. Green
Week Thirteen Against Pittsburgh: Offensive Tackle Anthony Collins
Week Fourteen Against Houston: Guard Bobbie Williams And Linebacker Rey Maualuga
Week Fifteen Against St. Louis: Cornerback Nate Clements
Week Sixteen Against Arizona: Quarterback Andy Dalton