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Dalton burns Browns for one of best games of career

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.

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“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.

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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.”