Dalton takes blame for one of worst days in NFL history

11/07/2014 11:33 AM

After last year’s playoff loss, Andy Dalton received plenty of criticism for avoiding taking the blame. Last night, Dalton immediately accepted responsibility for the poor performance in prime-time, “I deserve it. It all starts with me. It all goes through the quarterback. I’ve got to play better to put our team in position to win the game.”

Dalton finished 10 of 33 for 86 yards with three interceptions and a QB rating of 2.0, one of the worst passer ratings in NFL history since 1960. In other words, Dalton played the worst game of his career. He posted a 30.3 completion percentage, the worst completion percentage in a single game in Bengals history (with a minimum 25 attempts). He has also now thrown more interceptions (9) than touchdowns (8) this season.

The 24-3 loss was the first loss at home for the Bengals since December 9, 2012, snapping a 14 straight regular season home streak without a loss. Last night’s game dropped Cincinnati to 5-3-1 on the season and puts them in a tough spot in the AFC North. It was also the second time in the past four games Cincinnati was held without a touchdown. Their only score came on a Mike Nugent field goal in the first quarter.

The loss also means the Bengals prime time woes continue. Coach Marvin Lewis was asked if his team’s poor performance in prime time confounds him, “it does confound me… This was different… For whatever reason, the two times this year we haven’t played very well.” The first prime time game for the Bengals was at New England where they lost 43-17, meaning they’ve been outscored a combined 67-20 in prime time games this year. The Bengals are now 2-12 in their last 14 games on prime time.

Kaci Kust

Kaci joined cn|2 in May 2012 and is a graduate of Hope College in Michigan where she earned a degree in journalism. After playing basketball in college, Kaci chose to follow her passion for sports and become a sports reporter. In fact, she says if she wasn’t covering athletics for a living, she’d still be up early checking scores and stats. Follow Kaci on Twitter @KaciKustCN2.

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