Even in loss, Dalton is better than he has been

Posted at 8:24 PM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-23 20:24:09-05

Quarterback Andy Dalton’s passer rating in the Cincinnati Bengals’ Sunday night loss at Arizona was below his season average of 104.

But Dalton’s rating in a 34-31 heartbreaker was slightly higher than what he has averaged in wins during his five-year career with the Bengals.

Against the Cardinals, Dalton finished by completing 22 of 39 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns. He was 8-11 for 127 yards, and had one touchdown before halftime, which gave him a 141.1 rating at that point.

But Dalton’s overall 99.8 rating for the Arizona game still bettered his 97.9 rating in 48 career wins with the Bengals.

The NFL’s passer rating system is based on completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdowns per attempt, and interceptions per attempt. The rating is scaled from 0 to 158.3, worst to best.

Through the first eight games of the season, as the Bengals rolled to an 8-0 record, Dalton’s passer rating averaged 111.

But in last week’s loss to the Houston Texans, Dalton managed only 197 yards passing, with no touchdowns and an interception, and posted a rating of 61.

With Sunday night’s rating, Dalton now has an 80.7 average in Bengals' losses this year.

Find out more about Dalton’s passer rating in various game situations and against different opponents by checking out our interactive database that tracks ever 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.