By any measurement, Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton is having a landmark season after his first six games.
Dalton’s 14 touchdown passes and 116.1 passer rating are both second-best among NFL quarterbacks. He’s thrown only two interceptions thus far, which also ranks as second-best among NFL starters.
Dalton’s 293.5 passing yards per game rank in the top five among NFL passers this season.
And this season, Dalton has become a long-ball threat. He’s completed a league-leading seven passes for 40 or more yards thus far.
No wonder the Bengals are a perfect 6-0 heading into the “bye” week of their schedule after Sunday’s 34-21 win over the Buffalo Bills.
But when you consider Dalton’s lofty stats, consider this: He’s done it while playing against five of the league’s top 10 defenses last season.
He’s thrown for 12 touchdowns and the two interceptions.
If it holds up, Dalton’s 66 percent completion rate will be the best of his five-year career against top-10 defenses.
Overall, he’s completed 581 of 929 passes for 6,903 yards, 49 touchdowns and 27 interceptions against teams that were ranked in the top 10 the previous year.
But Dalton still has challenges after the break week.
Arizona, Houston and St. Louis all currently rank among the top 10 defenses this season.
Check Dalton's stats against other opponents and in various game situations with our interactive database that tracks every pass he’s thrown during his NFL career.
The database was compiled by WCPO using play-by-play narrative reports from each Bengals regular season and playoff game in which Dalton has played.