Despite setting career lows in passing attempts, TDs and INT%, Bengals QB Andy Dalton earned a spot in the Pro Bowl.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has pulled out of the 2015 Pro Bowl to recover from a nagging calf injury, and will be replaced by Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton.
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Dalton led the Bengals to their fourth straight playoff appearance – the first time in franchise history they accomplished such a feat – also setting a career-record for completion percentage with 64.2%. Since becoming the Bengals starter as a rookie in 2011, he has led the team to a 39-23-1 record and has a 99:66 TD:INT ratio.
Unfortunately, as successful as the Bengals have been in the regular season they have continuously choked in the playoffs. They have gone one-and-done in the playoffs in each of Dalton’s four trips, most recently losing to the Indianapolis Colts on the road in the Wildcard Round, 26-10.
It’s curious as to how someone like Dalton, who didn’t even finish in the top ten of any major passing category, would be considered for the Pro Bowl. The only stats he finished ranked highly in were INTs (3rd in the league), sack percentage (7th in the league), along with Game-Winning Drives and Comebacks.
This will be Dalton’s 2nd trip to the Pro Bowl – he made it as a rookie in 2011 when he recorded 20 TDs and a career-low 13 INTs.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson may have been a replacement, but his upcoming Superbowl appearance will prevent him from attending.