Andy Dalton has successfully moved into the second phase of his career as an NFL quarterback. After being the starter for nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after being selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of TCU, he has moved into a backup role in the three seasons since. Now, he has solidified himself again as a starter with the New Orleans Saints.
He has still started plenty of games, ending up on teams that have had their starting quarterback go do with an injury. Since leaving the Bengals he has started at least six games each season with the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Saints.
Dalton has been under center for 21 games and counting, proving that he can help keep a team in the game but will struggle to put them over the top. He is 9-12 as a starter since leaving the Bengals.
One thing Dalton had to be happy about after leaving the Bengals was that he wouldn’t have to regularly face the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore has had Dalton’s number throughout his career and they once again got the better of him earlier this week.
Dalton’s Saints hosted the Ravens on Monday Night Football to close out Week 9. He faced relentless pressure throughout the evening as Baltimore totaled four sacks against him and seven for the game. The Ravens’ defense also totaled nine quarterback hits and came away with a dominant 27-13 victory.
That loss was the 10th in Dalton’s career as a starter against the Ravens, dropping his record to 8-10. That loss was a record-setting one, as Dalton now has the most career losses against Baltimore, breaking the tie that he had with retired Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.
That certainly isn’t a record that Andy Dalton wanted to hold singularly, but it is one that he could have for a while. The 11 total losses that he has against the Ravens are second to the Steelers, who Dalton’s teams had a 3-13 record against in his career. The Browns are the only team in his career that he has double-digit victories against, with his teams going 12-5 in those games.