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Andy Dalton makes Bengals history in Week 3 loss to Panthers

Dalton took over Boomer Esiason’s record for the most 300-yard passing games in Bengals history.

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Coming into Sunday’s game in Carolina, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had 22 career 300-yard passing games, one shy of quarterback Boomer Esiason for the Bengals’ all-time lead.

In the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ Week 3 game against the Panthers, Dalton surpassed 300 passing yards and entered the Bengals’ record books as the franchise’s quarterback with the most 300+ yard passing games.

Dalton did not have 300+ passing yards in Week 1 or 2 this year, but finally saw that number in Week 3 with Joe Mixon sidelined. A.J. Green also got injured in the game and was not on the field for Dalton’s milestone.

Dalton now has 23 games with more than 300 yards passing.

Other records that Dalton was close to reaching entering Sunday include:

  • *Dalton also has 25,534 passing yards, 1,007 short of Esiason (27,149) for second place all-time. QB Ken Anderson (32,838) is the Bengals’ all-time leader.
  • Dalton also has 173 passing touchdowns, 14 shy of Esiason (187) for second place all-time. Anderson (197) is the Bengals’ all-time leader.
  • Dalton also has 3626 career passing attempts, 849 shy of Anderson (4475) for the Bengals’ all-time lead. Dalton passed Esiason (3564) for second place in Game 1 at Indianapolis.

*These numbers do not include Dalton’s Week 3 stats.

In the Bengals’ Week 3 loss to the Panthers, Dalton was 39/46 for 352 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 64.8 passer rating. The interceptions weren’t really as bad as they seemed and two came when targeting John Ross. The Bengals typically win when Dalton doesn’t have multiple turnovers, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday as Cincinnati lost. Still, Dalton entered Bengals record books on Sunday and now has 23 games with 300+ passing yards. He’ll look to set more records — hopefully in Bengals wins — this year.