The Most Amazingly Awful Stat From Andy Dalton's Disgusting Thursday Night Football Performance
Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton singlehandedly ruined the first meaningful November game between the Browns and Bengals in centuries, going 10 of 33 for 86 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Those numbers were good for a career-worst 30.3 completion rating and a career-low passer rating of 2.0.
In fact, that 2.0 passer rating is the worst in Bengals history, and the worst passer rating in the NFL since 1983 (with a 30 pass minimum). Those are horrific statistics in their own right, but that number is even worse when you consider the following, pointed out by reddit user immortal_joe this morning:
If Dalton had spiked the ball in the turf for an incompletion on every passing attempt his passer rating would be 37 points higher than it was.
Obviously, Dalton's passer rating was dragged down by his three interceptions. And it could have been much worse -- Browns safety Tashaun Gipson dropped a pass that hit him right in the chest, and cornerback Joe Haden jumped a route and could have picked off the pass, had Dalton been even remotely accurate. But three picks was enough to send his rating into the toilet. Simply spiking the ball would have been better for Dalton's numbers -- and better for his team, which often had to deal with shitty field position thanks to his mistakes.
If you're more of a visual learner, SB Nation put together an incredible supercut with all of Dalton's incompletions from last night. Take a look, and get ready for A.J. McCarron to take over the reins of the Bengals if this kind of play continues:
Dalton, on his performance: "I have to play better." Yep.
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