Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did it again.
Even though the Bengals were losing 17-7 in the first half against the Cleveland Browns, Andy Dalton completed eight of 10 passes for 87 yards passing and a first half passer rating of 102.9. That included three scrambles out of the pocket that gained 16 yards as Andre Smith suffered perhaps one of his worst first halves of the season against defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard.
Then the third quarter came around and Andy Dalton was perfect -- and we don't mean that as obsessive Bengals fans that allows no unwarranted criticism against our boys.
Dalton completed seven of eight passes for 110 yards passing and a touchdown for a quarterback rating of 158.3. That's perfection by definition according to the passer rating system. During both possessions in the third quarter, the Bengals scored 10 points combined including four receptions of 15 yards or more.
Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham was a large part of Dalton's third quarter success, hauling in all three passes he was targeted for 45 yards receiving and a 22-yard touchdown the brought Cincinnati to within three points.
Dalton would go on to complete 21 of 31 passes for 270 yards passing, a touchdown for a passer rating of 105.6.