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Andy Dalton’s passer rating was fifth worst since 1960 for QBs with at least 30 attempts

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Andy Dalton was awful Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns.

How bad exactly? There are a myriad of stats that try to put into perspective just how horrid Dalton was tonight in Cincinnati.

Dalton completed just 10 of 33 passes for 86 yards and three interceptions and a passer rating of 2.0.

According to STATS, Inc., Dalton is the first quarterback since Scott Brunner of the New York Giants to post a passer rating of 2.0 or less with at least 30 attempts in a game. Brunner completed just 10 of 35 passes for 108 yards and four interceptions against the St. Louis Cardinals on Dec. 4, 1983.

It’s just the fifth time since 1960 a quarterback has posted a passer rating of 2.0 or less since 1960 in games with at least 30 attempted passes. In addition to Brunner, Gary Marangi of the Buffalo Bills (0.0; Nov. 21, 1976 vs. San Diego), Pete Beathard of the Houston Oilers (0.6; Oct. 12, 1969 vs. Kansas City) and Norm Snead of the Washington Redskins (0.5; Nov. 26, 1961 vs. Baltimore) also posted similar performances to Dalton.

Also per STATS, Inc., it’s the worst passer rating for a quarterback with at least 20 attempts since Jeff Garcia posted a 0.0 rating for Cleveland against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 19, 2004. Garcia completed 8 of 27 passes for 71 yards with three interceptions.

Luke McCown of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the last quarterback to post a passer rating of 2.0 of less on at least 15 attempted passes. McCown completed 6 of 19 passes for 59 yards against the New York Jets on Sept. 18, 2011.

Dalton’s 30 percent completion percentage is the worst for a quarterback with at least 30 attempts since Stan Gelbaugh went 9 of 31 for 66 yards for the Seattle Seahawks against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 13, 1992.

In closing, Dalton did many things tonight (all bad) that haven’t been done this badly in a long time.

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109 Responses to “Andy Dalton’s passer rating was fifth worst since 1960 for QBs with at least 30 attempts”
  1. seasickcecil says: Nov 7, 2014 12:46 AM

    What team in their right mind would sign a stiff like Andy Dalton to a huge multi-year deal. It boggles my mind.

  2. jeffmage says: Nov 7, 2014 12:47 AM

    I kept expecting to see the backup quarterback come out for the next series. I wonder how long Cincy needs to evaluate Dalton before realizing that he is not the long-term answer at quarterback. He simply cannot perform in big games.

  3. shadylamp says: Nov 7, 2014 12:48 AM

    the Browns defense have been making a lot of ”ELITE” QBs look pedestrian. Big Ben, Drew Brees, and now Andy Dalton.

  4. nfl4days says: Nov 7, 2014 12:50 AM

    He’s not the guy.

  5. sellout1983 says: Nov 7, 2014 12:55 AM

    Yep. Saw this coming from a country mile away, but then again, I need to “get real” according to some Bengal fans. We’re an 8-8 team, at best.

  6. bigswifty74 says: Nov 7, 2014 1:02 AM

    What can I say except “GO BROWNS!!!!”
    Thanks, Bengals, for making my Brownies look AWESOME!!

  7. shadowcell says: Nov 7, 2014 1:02 AM

    Andy Dalton was the Browns’ MVP today.

  8. rgarbonzo says: Nov 7, 2014 1:03 AM

    Well thanks Andy, I thought I had seen some bad QB performances in Bengal history but this one took the cake. Hell I would have rather had Akili Smith back there tonight.

  9. jkampel20 says: Nov 7, 2014 1:04 AM

    Bengals fans join me for a laughing session to heal in a positive light.

    Never mind, I just need to find my best whiskey.

    On a serious note, has there ever been an organization that cripples under the prime time lights more than these guys?

    Just pathetic.

  10. azcardsfan4life says: Nov 7, 2014 1:08 AM

    Somewhere Carson Palmer is laughing………

  11. CowboyErik says: Nov 7, 2014 1:09 AM

    good thing he is under long term contract!!!!!!!

  12. maxkingpin says: Nov 7, 2014 1:10 AM

    ‘Gary Maranqui of the Buffalo Bills (0.0; Nov. 21, 1976 vs. San Diego)’ should read ‘Gary Marangi of the Buffalo Bills (0.0; Nov. 21, 1976 vs. San Diego)’

    He was a truly crappy QB.

  13. dickshotdogs says: Nov 7, 2014 1:13 AM

    Terminate that contract, now.

  14. slvrnblk72 says: Nov 7, 2014 1:15 AM

    He deserves an extension, oh wait…

  15. unbridledsexy says: Nov 7, 2014 1:17 AM

    Holy crap, Dalton!

  16. archersofmtdoom says: Nov 7, 2014 1:18 AM

    I’d like to thank my fantasy opponent for starting Dalton this week & leaving A. Rodgers on his bench. Good call.

  17. thevza says: Nov 7, 2014 1:23 AM

    I was sure Rex Grossman would have made this list at some point in his Bears career.

  18. natijim235 says: Nov 7, 2014 1:24 AM

    Both Dalton AND Marvin Lewis will not take this team to the next
    level they both need to go!!

  19. golfongrass311 says: Nov 7, 2014 1:26 AM


  20. paulnoga says: Nov 7, 2014 1:30 AM

    Good thing he got that big contract with guaranteed money.

  21. muslimponder says: Nov 7, 2014 1:33 AM

    Worst QB performance since Colin Kaepernick @ Seattle Seahawks last season:

    13/28 (46%), 127 yards (4.5 YPA)
    0 TDs, 3 INTs,
    3 sacks, 1 fumble (lost)
    20.1 passer rating

    2011 was a truly terrible QB class. How these particular two trashbags managed to wrangle $100 million dollar contracts from their organizations is appalling!

  22. britishraven says: Nov 7, 2014 1:36 AM

    Bring back Akili Smith!

  23. apkyletexas says: Nov 7, 2014 1:40 AM

    Watching a bit of the game late tonight, I couldn’t figure out why they were bothering to play the 4th quarter at all. If the NFL wants to reduce injury risk, why not just end games like this at the 45-minute mark? Certainly the Bengals had no business playing their starters in the 4th. Those guys looked completely disinterested.

  24. tdiesel651 says: Nov 7, 2014 1:42 AM

    And how much money did they pay him again?

  25. Scumby says: Nov 7, 2014 1:43 AM

    Ryan Leaf would be an upgrade.

  26. turbolove says: Nov 7, 2014 1:44 AM

    To sum up Andy Dalton’s career, he’s scared of playing in the dark.

  27. whodeylifer says: Nov 7, 2014 1:48 AM

    what do you expect when he’s never had to compete for his spot?

  28. mrwalterisgod says: Nov 7, 2014 1:52 AM

    Proof that you don’t just take a Qb to take one.

  29. rodvmunchiii says: Nov 7, 2014 1:57 AM

    I had Rivers, Romo and Dalton as my 3 QBs this week… Rivers is off, Romo may or may not play, so this was a Thursday night game I had to start Dalton.

    So in the last two weeks of Romo being injured I’ve gotten -6 points out of my starting QBs (ESPN scoring). That has to be a first for someone not trying to tank their team.

  30. fifel1144 says: Nov 7, 2014 2:10 AM

    I don’t know what made me feel worse for him, his game tonight or his Pepsi commercial.

  31. bengalsfan20 says: Nov 7, 2014 2:17 AM

    I can’t defend Dalton anymore he is a problem on this team but he is not the only problem on this team. Bengals will go nowhere with him at qb just face it Bengals fans.

    The offense as a whole just stinks. Receivers when they even got open dropped easy passes. Not that it matters because Dalton was terrible. Sanu is the only one that gives a damn out there the rest couldn’t care less even AJ and that’s disappointing. I don’t really blame Hill for the fumble that can be forgiven he’s a rookie. I think teams have figured out Hue’s offense pretty quick and he hasn’t adjusted.

    The offensive line is one of the worst in the league. Only guy worth anything on that line is Whitworth the rest are horrible. I’m surprised Newhouse is even in the league, I didn’t think it could get any worse than Andre but wow I was wrong.

    The defensive line and linebackers are horrible, mainly the defensive line. Dunlap is the only one even doing anything the rest get no pressure whatsoever. That makes it hard on the linebackers who 2/3 right now are backups. The secondary is actually the only bright spot on the defense, no issues with them.

    The coaching, major changes need to be made and soon. It’s time to cut ties with Marvin, his teams are never going to be inspired for big games. Clean house, this group has taken them as far as they’re going to go.

    This team is toast mentally, they’re finished they’re beat and this season will be 8 wins if they’re lucky. It’s ridiculous with how much talent they have and still nothing comes of it year in and year out.

  32. phaktor333 says: Nov 7, 2014 2:18 AM

    I guess if Tony makes noise in the playoffs this year, I have to stop calling Dalton ‘Red Romo’…he has earned a name of his own.

  33. 1point21jjwatts says: Nov 7, 2014 2:19 AM

    Yes Dalton sucks, we all know this. The most surprising thing I picked up from this article is that Luke McCown was playing in the NFL in 2011.

  34. RavenzGunnerz says: Nov 7, 2014 2:31 AM

    Ah… how much did he get again in salary?

    And peps laugh at us for paying Flacco.

    At least he brought a Lombardi at Bmore.

    Good luck Cincy…

  35. chaunce922 says: Nov 7, 2014 2:45 AM

    solid investment.

  36. therealraider says: Nov 7, 2014 2:50 AM

    There are only a handful of teams that have true “Franchise” QB’s .. If you aren’t one of them build a team designed to run the football and play tough defense. If Your are one of them .. build a team designed to run the football and play tough defense.

  37. Juan says: Nov 7, 2014 3:10 AM

    Take the football out of his hands & insert a clipboard … that’s what he’s capable of being … a seldom used 3rd string qb.

  38. tanstewie says: Nov 7, 2014 3:13 AM

    In related news Dalton is questionable for next week with a concussion after punching himself in the face while attempting to take his cleats off in the locker room after the game

  39. tfarr45 says: Nov 7, 2014 3:41 AM

    That extension that they gave him though. What was this team thinking ? One of the worst contracts as well as decisions in all of sports

  40. pittsburghdamned says: Nov 7, 2014 4:05 AM

    Yet he’s STILL better than Jumpball Joe Flacco.

    Imagine that.

  41. joetoronto says: Nov 7, 2014 4:31 AM

    This guy continues to crap the bed in big game situations, how people continue to defend him is beyond me.

  42. deangelo23hall says: Nov 7, 2014 4:55 AM

    But I thought RG3 was the worst QB of all time?

  43. ejm845 says: Nov 7, 2014 5:46 AM

    Maybe it’s the 100+million they just gave him is a distraction

  44. benchokeshischikin says: Nov 7, 2014 5:57 AM

    The Little Red Choker did his usual dumpster fire act in a big game. And Marv had the giggles after the game? My God how does he still have a HC JOB.

  45. dinothedummy says: Nov 7, 2014 5:57 AM

    Ha!!! Another bungle in the jungle.
    It’s now clear who the true beast of the AFC North is:

    In my lifetime as a proud Pittsburgher:
    2 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series championships.
    4 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup appearances, 3 Cups.
    8 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl appearance, 6 Rings.
    I’m am spoiled in the riches of a winner!

  46. otistaylor89 says: Nov 7, 2014 6:04 AM

    As bad as those numbers are, I have a couple that are even worse – 6 years, $115,000,000.

  47. dtr3e says: Nov 7, 2014 6:14 AM

    Really surprised a Jets QB wasn’t on the list

  48. jacobknicks says: Nov 7, 2014 6:20 AM

    For some reason teams with only 3 days off have really played horrendously

  49. greglloydrules says: Nov 7, 2014 6:22 AM

    OMG I just realized that Dalton’s INT number (3) is bigger than his QBR (2). Lmao never thought that would be a possibility

  50. zam0854 says: Nov 7, 2014 6:29 AM

    Do the curtains match the blinds?

    Mrs. Dalton can do better than this

  51. jm91rs says: Nov 7, 2014 6:47 AM

    Thankfully dalton a contract is team friendly in a few years. Get rid of Marvin and you might get some productivity out of the team

  52. patsfan112 says: Nov 7, 2014 6:50 AM

    Damn not even Geno has been that bad. FAIL! lol

  53. guitarkevin says: Nov 7, 2014 6:51 AM

    The jungle was silent last night. CLASSIC!

  54. gojags says: Nov 7, 2014 6:56 AM

    I’m surprised Blaine Gabbert was not in that honorary list.

  55. thenuttts says: Nov 7, 2014 6:57 AM

    Bad Andy… May we jumped the gun on that $120 million extension.

  56. stainlineho says: Nov 7, 2014 6:57 AM

    Dumpster fire! LMAO! Good one! hahaha

  57. jerruhjones says: Nov 7, 2014 7:10 AM

    Dumpster fire would be an improvement for the Bungles.

    GO BROWNS!!!

  58. 1buckeye76 says: Nov 7, 2014 7:23 AM

    I’m a lifelong Bengals fan. During the game, I think at 14-3, the coverage flashed to Andy Dalton on the sideline and Andy was “talking” to the offense about not panicking and not trying to do too much, just being who they are. But the tone of voice he was using and his mannerisms seemed more like Frank the Tank’s locker room speech about keeping your composure from Old School.

  59. dalfanforever says: Nov 7, 2014 7:23 AM

    How on earth do you get a QB rating of 2.0? WTH?

  60. keiselsbeard says: Nov 7, 2014 7:38 AM

    “Bright Lights, Big Choke: The Andy Dalton Story”

  61. Bull Rush says: Nov 7, 2014 7:42 AM

    Thank god this isn’t my QB. Love the dumpster fire pic.

  62. bestinafcnorth says: Nov 7, 2014 7:42 AM


  63. nflfollower says: Nov 7, 2014 7:52 AM

    Love that picture

  64. whodeybengalsfan says: Nov 7, 2014 7:56 AM

    As a diehard Bengals fan, I must admit that I was shocked at how horrible the team played last night.

    There are four truths that we now know:

    (1) Andy Dalton, unless surrounded by the best O-line in football, 3 premier wide receivers, 2 great pass catching TEs, and a great running back, just isn’t very good.

    (2) Playing with approximately 8 back-ups against a division rival isn’t going to win you any games.

    (3) The Browns are legit.

    (4) Johnny Manziel has a better chance of showing up at my house and scrubbing my toilets than seeing the field any time soon.

  65. rayvens says: Nov 7, 2014 7:59 AM

    The Picture tho…. hahahahahaah!

  66. cafetero1075 says: Nov 7, 2014 8:01 AM

    Dalton was bad. He is a decent QB though. Won’t take you to the SB.

  67. drdoom82 says: Nov 7, 2014 8:16 AM

    He is just not any good. Mark Sanchez 2.0

  68. r8dernation says: Nov 7, 2014 8:17 AM

    Looks like Dalton’s career has run it’s course.

  69. duncanisland says: Nov 7, 2014 8:21 AM

    Hey there “Who Dey”… what a bargain for 100 million $$. He’s robbing you blind!

  70. kbenbow says: Nov 7, 2014 8:39 AM

    That picture is just….awesome

  71. francogreenbradshaw says: Nov 7, 2014 8:47 AM

    Same old Bungles!

  72. easternshoresfinest says: Nov 7, 2014 8:51 AM

    Just goes to show how bad the ravens pass defense really is to lose twice to this daywalking joker.

  73. 3yardsndust says: Nov 7, 2014 8:51 AM

    The Bengals should draft a QB next spring.

  74. bengalcrazy says: Nov 7, 2014 9:00 AM

    You suck Dalton! Run him and Marvin outta town!

  75. weepingjebus says: Nov 7, 2014 9:02 AM

    It’s been all downhill since getting crushed by the Patriots, the gatekeeper to the NFL’s top tier. It’s amazing how often this happens.

  76. polegojim says: Nov 7, 2014 9:05 AM

    He looked even worse than the numbers show.

    That said, his O line didn’t help AT ALL and Receivers were dropping the passes that he actually DID thrown in their vicinity.

    How do you lay an egg like that… AT HOME?

  77. footballfan says: Nov 7, 2014 9:09 AM

    I never thought Dalton was going to be a super star but I also never expected him to play this badly.

  78. torethatbridgeout says: Nov 7, 2014 9:09 AM

    $100 million dollar man? I think not.

  79. rg3andthensome says: Nov 7, 2014 9:11 AM


    I knew a Redskin would make the list!

  80. steelcurtainn says: Nov 7, 2014 9:15 AM

    The picture shows the beginning to the end of the bungles season. Disastrous Dalton is just another average qb in the NFL. Congrats your in the record books.

  81. gotdressedinabooth says: Nov 7, 2014 9:26 AM

    The $100 million dollar man.. haha plus his Pepsi commercial sucks.

  82. edavidberg says: Nov 7, 2014 9:42 AM

    I’m a little surprised at how bad he has been. I never thought he was a good quarterback, and I thought Cincinatti should let him play this year out before extending him, but to be this shockingly awful in the regular season is not what I expect from him. He usually waits until the playoffs.

  83. renbutler says: Nov 7, 2014 9:43 AM

    “It’s been all downhill since getting crushed by the Patriots.”

    On the contrary, that exposed who the Bengals really are. Sorry, but the Pats don’t get credit for everything that happens in the NFL.

  84. andrewluck12 says: Nov 7, 2014 9:45 AM

    But we all know if Rodgers manning or Brady had put up numbers like that the excuses would be non stop

  85. annes22 says: Nov 7, 2014 9:45 AM

    He was ghastly last night. One of the worst performances in a long time. How could they hope to win, when he was throwing the ball all over the place. He needs to be sat down it would be hard for a back up to be worse.

  86. kevo95 says: Nov 7, 2014 10:09 AM

    The guy sucks

  87. gmsalpha says: Nov 7, 2014 10:12 AM

    Rodgers, Manning, and Brady don’t put up numbers like that. So what’s your point?

  88. hakunamangata says: Nov 7, 2014 10:23 AM

    Where’s the excuse now Rusty? Was it all the lack of Gio? Maybe Eifert?

    Or perhaps he’s just bad. That’d be my guess but I’m not the expert here.

  89. tommikula says: Nov 7, 2014 10:23 AM

    Just remember he got paid a lot more than those other guys to be that bad. If you count his base, signing bonus and roster bonus for this year spread over 16 games, he made ~ $567,000.00 last night. Pay me that and I can do the same thing.

  90. olcap says: Nov 7, 2014 10:26 AM

    gmsalpha says:
    Nov 7, 2014 10:12 AM

    Rodgers, Manning, and Brady don’t put up numbers like that. So what’s your point?

    I think he’s insinuating that it’s not fair to talk about Dalton having the worst game in the NFL since 1960, even though Dalton now HAS the worst game since 1960.

  91. fwippel says: Nov 7, 2014 10:27 AM

    For the Bengal’s sake, I sure hope this is an aberration, but it’s starting to look like that new contract they gave Dalton is one they’ll end up regretting.

    However, it is VERY hard for me to believe that Josh Freeman’s lone performance as a Viking against the Giants on MNF last year wasn’t rated as low. If Freeman’s performance isn’t on that list, there’s something flawed in the NFL’s passer rating system.

  92. pioniere says: Nov 7, 2014 10:32 AM

    Just a reminder, Jeff Garcia is still available as a starting QB. This message brought to you by Jeff Garcia Inc.

  93. whodey8 says: Nov 7, 2014 10:33 AM

    I’m a life long Bengal fan, have an Andy Dalton autographed jersey in my basement, but I’m getting very disgusted with this years total team let down. I’ve had tickets for 30 years but the games this year against New England, Indy (I made that road trip) and Cleveland are just too much to take. The players have to shoulder the responsibilty, but how long can Marvin Lewis keep his job and continue his post game assinine press conferences. He has to go. We are missing Mike Zimmer and it’s showing up. He should have been Head Coach here, not in Minnesota. Now I’ll just cry in my $9 beer.

  94. troy43mvp says: Nov 7, 2014 10:53 AM

    I think the sure way to return to success is to sign Marvin Lewis to an extension let Dalton call his own plays also free up some cap space by cutting A.J. Green. Oh and keep the defense just like it is right now.


    Rest of the AFC North

  95. steelcurtainn says: Nov 7, 2014 11:09 AM

    and people thought the ravens and bungles would be relevant this year while the steelers would be last. ha. Two words. BIG BEN!

  96. razzledazzle427 says: Nov 7, 2014 12:10 PM

    Dalton seems to enigmatic at best. One week he makes plays like he’s on the verge of being a top 10 QB but the other week he plays like this. There’s NO excuse for having a passing statline like he did last night with the talent he has around him. Maybe it’s time to change coaches in Cincy? Marvin has done a great job in the past 10 years but when you can’t get “up” for a division game at home vs your in state rivals then maybe your starting to become overrated? I give Cleveland helluva credit though, they played inspired football, and played smash mouth physical style that suits that division well. Certainly if Pettine isn’t in the discussion for COY, then they might as well should disregard that award in the future.

  97. treyjeff says: Nov 7, 2014 12:19 PM

    The Red Noodle has proved yet again that he is a bust.

  98. cincybkat says: Nov 7, 2014 12:35 PM

    He played like #2, very fitting that the rating matches perfectly.

  99. magnusthe1st says: Nov 7, 2014 1:01 PM

    If there’s one thing to take away from this article, it’s that I’m thankful you’re not using ESPN’s QBR stat they won’t stopping patting themselves on the back for creating and force-feeding to their viewers.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  100. tindeaux says: Nov 7, 2014 1:10 PM

    just one bad game and people jumped off the bandwagon already? the bengals still have winning percentage. #hanginthere

  101. Frazier28/7 says: Nov 7, 2014 1:10 PM

    in your face josh freeman!

  102. montrealraider says: Nov 7, 2014 1:13 PM

    He played like he was drunk out there. The Bengals might have made a huge mistake with that contract.

  103. a1b24312 says: Nov 7, 2014 1:16 PM

    Mrs Dalton? Umm, I’ll take Mrs McCarron…

  104. malab377 says: Nov 7, 2014 1:19 PM

    And what about throwing to the fifth row from the first down line. That was something!

  105. mmmpierogi says: Nov 7, 2014 1:32 PM

    In addition to Brunner, Gary Marangi of the Buffalo Bills (0.0; Nov. 21, 1976 vs. San Diego), Pete Beathard of the Houston Oilers (0.6; Oct. 12, 1969 vs. Kansas City) and Norm Snead of the Washington Redskins (0.5; Nov. 26, 1961 vs. Baltimore) also posted similar performances to Dalton.


    There’s a list of names you don’t see everyday.

    The year that Snead had the 0.5 game, he also managed to make it to the Pro Bowl. Guess everyone has a bad week.

  106. doe22us says: Nov 7, 2014 2:24 PM

    magnusthe1st says:
    Nov 7, 2014 1:01 PM
    If there’s one thing to take away from this article, it’s that I’m thankful you’re not using ESPN’s QBR stat they won’t stopping patting themselves on the back for creating and force-feeding to their viewers.

    I agree, anytime i hear QBR mentioned i feel like slamming my head against the wall. Garbage stat metric. And i try to avoid the garbage network unless its live sports.

  107. weaselpuppy says: Nov 7, 2014 4:31 PM

    how Ty Detmer’s 7 INT game wasn’t a negative QB rating I have no idea

  108. whodey420 says: Nov 10, 2014 9:46 PM

    Good thing is only 17 million of Dalton’s contract is guaranteed. Could have been worse. Like the 54 million guaranteed that Cutler stole from Da Bears!

  109. damon38 says: Nov 11, 2014 10:40 AM

    Can you say ” Stage Fright ” . The only thing I can think of that would make anybody play this badly other than he might be a Browns ” Plant”.

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