It took a team effort for the Bengals to come out of New Orleans with a 27-10 win, but the play of quarterback Andy Dalton was critical to Cincinnati getting the victory.
Coming off one of the worst performances by a quarterback in recent memory, Dalton rebounded to have arguably the best game of his four-year NFL career.
After throwing for just 86 yards and completing 10 of 33 passes in Week 10, Dalton threw for 220 yards and three scores while completing 16 of 22 passes vs. the Saints in Week 11.
For his efforts, Dalton was named to the Pro Football Focus team of the week:
Quarterback: Andy Dalton, CIN (+6.8)
While it’s never good for the Bengals when "Bad Andy" makes an appearance, this was him at his best. Terrific throughout, it was the complete opposite of the debacle we saw on Thursday Night Football last week.
Honorable Mention: Aaron Rodgers, GB
The fact that Aaron Rogers was an honorable mention behind Dalton tells you just how good of a game Dalton had, but he wasn't the only Bengal to excel at New Orleans.
Ryan Hewitt earned the highest mark by a fullback/h-back in Week 11, and offensive guard Clint Boling and defensive end Carlos Dunlap did the same at their positions.
Avoiding giving up a pressure in the passing game, Boling added some really nice blocks in the running game to grade out as a our top guard so far this week.
Dunlap might not have sacked Drew Brees, but he came away with four hits and three hurries.
The Bengals picked the right time for several players to have their best games of the season. It's one thing to come out of New Orleans with a win, but to thoroughly dominate the Saints like Cincinnati did takes a full team effort.