Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 7:14 PM
By: Jay Morrison - Staff Writer
— Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had one of the best games of his career Sunday in Cleveland, completing 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-7 win against the Browns.
Dalton’s passer rating of 146.0 was the second highest of his career behind the 146.8 he posted in a 37-3 win at Cleveland in 2015. In fact, three of Dalton’s top four passer ratings have come against the Browns. He had a 139.8 against them in the teams’ first meeting in 2015.
“I feel like I got into a good rhythm and was seeing things well,” Dalton said. “I was able to get the ball to different guys, and felt like I was in a good rhythm today.”
Dalton completed 19 of his first 20 passes, including 16 in a row at point. The only other time a Bengals quarterback completed 16 consecutive passes in a game was Ken Anderson’s 20 in a row in a playoff game against the Jets on Jan. 2, 1983.
Dalton’s only incompletion of the first half came when he overthrew running back Giovani Bernard on a screen.
The Bengals went back to the play in the closing minutes of the first half, and Bernard turned it into a 61-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead.
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“It’s one of those things, when you get the opportunities to have a call like that, you want to make the play,” Dalton said. “Our guys did a good job.
“There’s a lot of season left,” he added. “You can’t get two wins before you get one. It’s a good start for us and we have to carry it into next week and use it as momentum.”