Allen: Dalton to remain Saints starting QB vs. Rams

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Andy Dalton
(Photo: Parker Waters)

Those clamoring for Jameis Winston to return as the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints against the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams this Sunday at Caesars Superdome will have to wait at least a bit longer.

Dennis said Wednesday that he is sticking with Andy Dalton as his starter.

“I got an opportunity to talk to both quarterbacks, and I feel like right now, Andy is the direction we want to go,” Allen said.

The Saints have struggled for the last two games offensively, scoring just 13 and 10 points in losses to Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

Allen had left the door open for a possible change after the loss to the Steelers.

Clearly, the health of Winston remains a concern.

Allen stated that Winston is still not at 100 percent and may not be for the remainder of the season.

Nursing his ankle and back problems and off last year’s knee surgery, it could be a problem for Winston playing behind a depleted offensive line.

Starting center Erik McCoy is on injured reserve, while Andrus Peat and James Hurst are also injured.

Backup center Josh Andrews is also on the injury report this week.

Winston started the first three games this season and the offense struggled, outside of the fourth quarter in a win at Atlanta, a the Saints went 1-2.

Winston has completed 61.3 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and five interceptions with a Quarterback Rating of 79.5.

Dalton has started the last seven games and after four straight effective contest, the Saints have sputtered offensively the last two weeks.

Dalton has completed 62.3 percent of his passes with 11 touchdown passes and seven interceptions with a Quarterback Rating of 89.6.

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