CINCINNATI - Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after having his best game of the season against the Buffalo Bills.
Dalton, bidding to become only the fifth starting QB in NFL history to reach the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, posted his best passer rating of the season (105.9) in last Sunday's 27-24 overtime win at Buffalo.
He completed 26 of 40 (65 percent) for 337 yards, with three TDs and one INT. His yardage and TD totals were also personal season highs.
Dalton completed all four of his passes in overtime for 55 yards. He led the offense to a pair of first downs after facing first-down-and-20 from the Cincinnati 13-yard line, setting up Mike Nugent’s game-winning field goal.
Dalton won the same award last season award for his performance in a Week 10 victory over the New York Giants. In 2011, Dalton was named AFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for October.
This is the first weekly or monthly NFL award for the Bengals this season. Last season, the team won six weekly or monthly awards, tying the franchise record.