List of NFL quarterbacks who have posted a passer rating of zero

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In the National Football League (NFL), the lowest official passer rating that a quarterback (QB) can achieve is 0.0. To achieve a passer rating of 0.0, a QB must have no touchdowns, complete no more than 30% of his pass attempts, average less than 3 yards per attempt, throw an interception on at least 9.5% of attempts and attempt at least 10 passes. The NFL does not count such games by QBs who attempt fewer than 10 passes in a game.

Terry Bradshaw posted a zero rating on a record three occasions, while seven other QBs have two games of 0.0. Gary Keithley is the only QB ever to post zero ratings two straight weeks (1973). There have been two occasions where a starting QB, and his mid-game replacement, have both earned a zero rating in the same game: starter Joe Namath and replacement Richard Todd with the New York Jets (1976), and starter Terry Bradshaw and replacement Cliff Stoudt with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1982). Only once have opposing QBs both posted a zero rating: Gary Keithley and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated Bob Lee and the Atlanta Falcons (1973). No starting QB with a passer rating that low has won the game since Norm Snead in 1976.

Eleven QBs have had a zero passer rating and also earned a perfect (158.3) passer rating during their careers: Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Len Dawson, Bob Griese, James Harris, Bob Lee, Dan Fouts, Craig Morton, Eli Manning, and Peyton Manning.

# Quarterback Date Team Opponent Result CMP ATT YDS INT Notes
1 Tommy Thompson[1] December 19, 1948 Philadelphia Eagles Chicago Cardinals W 7–0 2 12 7 2 NFL Championship Game; 1st known QB to win with a passer rating of 0.0.
2 Otto Graham[2] December 27, 1953 Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions L 17–16 2 15 20 2 NFL Championship Game.
3 King Hill[3] October 2, 1960 St. Louis Cardinals New York Giants L 35–14 3 13 25 2
4 John Brodie[4] October 22, 1961 San Francisco 49ers @Chicago Bears L 31–0 3 10 23 2
5 Al Dorow[5] September 9, 1962 Buffalo Bills @Houston Oilers L 28–23 4 17 44 3
6 John Hadl[6] October 13, 1962 San Diego Chargers @Buffalo Bills L 35–10 2 12 17 2
7 Cotton Davidson[7] October 14, 1962 Oakland Raiders Denver Broncos L 23–6 2 10 22 1
8 Cotton Davidson[8] November 18, 1962 Oakland Raiders Buffalo Bills L 10–6 5 20 25 2 2nd career 0.0 game, 2nd 0.0 game in the same season.
9 Bill Munson[9] October 11, 1964 Los Angeles Rams @Chicago Bears L 38–17 4 15 42 4
10 Earl Morrall[10] September 19, 1965 New York Giants @Dallas Cowboys L 31–2 6 21 63 2
11 Dick Wood[11] September 19, 1965 Oakland Raiders San Diego Chargers L 17–6 4 14 31 2
12 Jack Kemp[12] December 5, 1965 Buffalo Bills @Houston Oilers W 29–18 2 10 25 1
13 Dick Wood[13] September 9, 1966 Miami Dolphins New York Jets L 19–14 2 15 25 2 2nd career 0.0 game.
14 Joe Kapp[14] October 15, 1967 Minnesota Vikings @Green Bay Packers W 10–7 2 11 25 2
15 Don Trull[15] December 9, 1967 Boston Patriots Buffalo Bills L 44–16 5 20 57 3
16 Bob Griese[16] September 28, 1968 Miami Dolphins Kansas City Chiefs L 48–3 2 17 24 2
17 Johnny Unitas[17] October 20, 1968 Baltimore Colts Cleveland Browns L 30–20 1 11 12 3
18 Virgil Carter[18] October 12, 1969 Chicago Bears Minnesota Vikings L 31–0 3 12 25 2
19 Billy Kilmer[19] September 27, 1970 New Orleans Saints Minnesota Vikings L 26–0 6 20 16 2
20 Don Gault[20] October 3, 1970 Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers W 15–7 1 16 44 2 Only career NFL start, last career NFL game played (won game). Worst completion percentage (6.3%) on this list.
21 Mike Taliaferro[21] October 11, 1970 Boston Patriots Kansas City Chiefs L 23–10 3 12 30 4
22 Rick Arrington[22] October 25, 1970 Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers L 30–17 3 10 16 3
23 Terry Hanratty[23] November 15, 1970 Pittsburgh Steelers Kansas City Chiefs L 31–14 3 12 35 2
24 Len Dawson[24] November 22, 1970 Kansas City Chiefs St. Louis Cardinals T 6–6 4 14 38 2
25 Terry Bradshaw[25] December 13, 1970 Pittsburgh Steelers Atlanta Falcons L 27–16 3 12 30 2
26 Kent Nix[26] October 3, 1971 Chicago Bears Los Angeles Rams L 17–3 5 23 60 3
27 Bobby Douglass[27] November 21, 1971 Chicago Bears Detroit Lions L 28–3 6 26 68 4
28 John Hadl[28] November 28, 1971 San Diego Chargers Cincinnati Bengals L 31–0 5 18 49 4 2nd career 0.0 game.
29 Gary Cuozzo[29] December 11, 1971 Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions W 29–10 4 15 21 2
30 Greg Landry[30] September 24, 1972 Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings L 34–10 3 15 39 3
31 Dan Pastorini[31] October 9, 1972 Houston Oilers Oakland Raiders L 34–0 3 21 31 4
32 Bob Lee[32] December 9, 1973 Atlanta Falcons St. Louis Cardinals L 32–10 3 16 27 2 Had perfect 158.3 game earlier in season; both starting QBs (Keithley) had a 0.0 passer rating in the game.
33 Gary Keithley December 9, 1973 St. Louis Cardinals Atlanta Falcons W 32–10 2 10 9 1 1st career start; both starting QBs (Lee) had a 0.0 passer rating in the game.
34 Gary Keithley[33] December 16, 1973 St. Louis Cardinals Dallas Cowboys L 30–3 6 20 30 2 2nd career 0.0 game, 2nd career start, only QB with 0.0 two weeks in a row.
35 Joe Namath[34] September 29, 1974 New York Jets Buffalo Bills L 16–12 2 18 33 3
36 Archie Manning[35] November 25, 1974 New Orleans Saints Pittsburgh Steelers L 28–7 2 10 9 3 Part of the only two father-son combinations on this list.
37 James Harris[36] September 21, 1975 Los Angeles Rams @Dallas Cowboys L 18–7 1 10 5 3
38 Dan Fouts[37] October 5, 1975 San Diego Chargers Oakland Raiders L 6–0 3 13 29 2
39 Terry Bradshaw[38] December 20, 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Los Angeles Rams L 10–3 3 10 28 1 2nd career 0.0 game.
40 Norm Snead[39] November 14, 1976 New York Giants Washington Redskins W 12–9 3 14 26 2 2nd career 0.0 game; last starting QB to win game despite lowest passer rating.
41 Joe Namath[40] December 12, 1976 New York Jets Cincinnati Bengals L 42–3 4 15 20 4 2nd career 0.0 game, first time that the starter and the replacement (Todd) both have a zero passer rating in same game.
42 Richard Todd[41] December 12, 1976 New York Jets Cincinnati Bengals L 42–3 3 13 23 2 First time that the starter (Namath) and the replacement both had a zero passer rating in the same game.
43 Craig Morton[42] January 15, 1978 Denver Broncos Dallas Cowboys L 27–10 4 15 39 4 Super Bowl XII, pulled in the third quarter.
44 Dan Pastorini[43] September 9, 1979 Houston Oilers Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–7 4 16 16 3 2nd career 0.0 game.
45 Mike Livingston[44] September 9, 1979 Kansas City Chiefs Cleveland Browns L 27–24 2 10 26 1
46 Terry Bradshaw[45] December 12, 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers Buffalo Bills L 13–0 2 13 3 2 3rd career 0.0 game, 2nd time that the starter and the replacement (Stoudt) both had a zero passer rating in the same game.
47 Cliff Stoudt[46] December 12, 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers Buffalo Bills L 13–0 2 10 29 1 2nd time that the starter (Bradshaw) and the replacement both have a zero passer rating in the same game.
48 Warren Moon[47] November 10, 1985 Houston Oilers @Buffalo Bills L 20–0 3 14 22 3
49 Warren Moon[48] November 30, 1986 Houston Oilers @Cleveland Browns L 13–10 5 23 68 4 2nd career 0.0 game.
50 Dave Wilson[49] January 3, 1988 New Orleans Saints Minnesota Vikings L 44–10 2 12 20 2 NFC Wild Card game, did not start.
51 Todd Marinovich[50] November 8, 1992 Los Angeles Raiders Philadelphia Eagles L 31–10 3 10 25 3 Last career NFL game played.
52 Tommy Maddox[51] October 15, 1995 New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles L 17–14 6 23 49 3 0.0 QBR for the season.
53 Dave Brown[52] December 1, 1996 New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles L 24–0 3 11 31 2
54 Kent Graham[53] October 12, 1997 Arizona Cardinals New York Giants L 27–13 4 14 40 2
55 Tony Graziani[54] October 26, 1997 Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers L 21–12 4 18 24 2 1st career start.
56 Trent Dilfer[55] December 14, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers New York Jets L 31–0 2 15 38 2
57 Ryan Leaf[56] September 20, 1998 San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs L 23–7 1 15 4 2
58 Scott Mitchell[57] October 15, 2000 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L 15–0 4 16 39 2
59 Anthony Wright[58] December 25, 2000 Dallas Cowboys Tennessee Titans L 31–0 5 20 35 2
60 Randy Fasani[59] October 27, 2002 Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 12–9 5 18 46 3 Only career NFL start.
61 Tim Hasselbeck[60] December 14, 2003 Washington Redskins Dallas Cowboys L 27–0 6 26 56 4
62 Jeff Garcia[61] September 19, 2004 Cleveland Browns Dallas Cowboys L 19–12 8 27 71 3 Most attempts, completions, and yards in a 0.0 passer rating game.
63 Eli Manning[62] December 12, 2004 New York Giants Baltimore Ravens L 37–14 4 18 27 2 Pulled from the game in the 4th quarter. Father Archie Manning, and brother Peyton Manning also had 0.0 passer ratings in games.
64 Joey Harrington[63] December 17, 2006 Miami Dolphins Buffalo Bills L 21–0 5 17 20 2
65 Rex Grossman[64] December 31, 2006 Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers L 26–7 2 12 33 3 Did not play in the 2nd half.
66 Chris Redman[65] December 16, 2007 Atlanta Falcons Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 37–3 4 15 34 2
67 Peyton Manning[66] November 15, 2015 Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs L 29–13 5 20 35 4 Pulled from the game in the 3rd quarter. Father Archie Manning, and brother Eli Manning also had 0.0 passer rating games.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL Stats: by Player Category" Archived 2009-01-11 at the Wayback Machine., NFL.com
  2. ^ "1953 National Football League"[permanent dead link], Professional Football Researchers Association
  3. ^ "King Hill Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  4. ^ "John Brodie Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  5. ^ "Al Dorow Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  6. ^ "John Hadl Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  7. ^ "Cotton Davidson Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  8. ^ "Cotton Davidson Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  9. ^ "Bill Munson Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  10. ^ "Earl Morrall Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  11. ^ "Dick Wood Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  12. ^ "Jack Kemp Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  13. ^ "Dick Wood Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  14. ^ "Joe Kapp Gamelogs", Pro-Football- Reference.com
  15. ^ "Don Trull Gamelogs", Pro-Football- Reference.com
  16. ^ "Bob Griese Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  17. ^ "Johnny Unitas Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  18. ^ "Virgil Carter Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  19. ^ "Billy Kilmer: Game Logs", NFL.com
  20. ^ "Don Gault: Game Logs", NFL.com
  21. ^ "Mike Taliaferro: Game Logs", NFL.com
  22. ^ "Rick Arrington: Game Logs", NFL.com
  23. ^ "Terry Hanratty: Game Logs", NFL.com
  24. ^ "Len Dawson: Game Logs", NFL.com
  25. ^ "Terry Bradshaw: Game Logs", NFL.com
  26. ^ "Kent Nix: Game Logs", NFL.com
  27. ^ "Bobby Douglass: Game Logs", NFL.com
  28. ^ "John Hadl: Game Logs", NFL.com
  29. ^ "Gary Cuozzo: Game Logs", NFL.com
  30. ^ "Greg Landry: Game Logs", NFL.com
  31. ^ "Dan Pastorini – Game Logs", NFL.com
  32. ^ "Bob Lee: Game Logs", NFL.com
  33. ^ "Gary Keithley: Game Logs", NFL.com
  34. ^ "Joe Namath: Game Logs", NFL.com
  35. ^ "Archie Manning: Game Logs", NFL.com
  36. ^ "James Harris: Game Logs", NFL.com
  37. ^ "Dan Fouts: Game Logs", NFL.com
  38. ^ "Terry Bradshaw: Game Logs", NFL.com
  39. ^ "Norm Snead: Game Logs", NFL.com
  40. ^ "Joe Namath: Game Logs", NFL.com
  41. ^ "Richard Todd: Game Logs", NFL.com
  42. ^ "Craig Morton: Game Logs", NFL.com
  43. ^ "Dan Pastorini: Game Logs", NFL.com
  44. ^ "Mike Livingston: Game Logs", NFL.com
  45. ^ "Terry Bradshaw: Game Logs", NFL.com
  46. ^ "Cliff Stoudt: Game Logs", NFL.com
  47. ^ "Warren Moon: Game Logs", NFL.com
  48. ^ "Warren Moon: Game Logs", NFL.com
  49. ^ "Dave Wilson: Game Logs", NFL.com
  50. ^ "Todd Marinovich: Game Logs", NFL.com
  51. ^ "Tommy Maddox: Game Logs", NFL.com
  52. ^ "Dave Brown: Game Logs", NFL.com
  53. ^ "Kent Graham: Game Logs", NFL.com
  54. ^ "Tony Graziani: Game Logs", NFL.com
  55. ^ "Trent Dilfer: Game Logs", NFL.com
  56. ^ "Ryan Leaf: Game Logs", NFL.com
  57. ^ "Scott Mitchell: Game Logs", NFL.com
  58. ^ "Anthony Wright: Game Logs", NFL.com
  59. ^ "Randy Fasani: Game Logs", NFL.com
  60. ^ "Tim Hasselbeck: Game Logs", NFL.com
  61. ^ "Jeff Garcia: Game Logs", NFL.com
  62. ^ "Eli Manning: Game Logs", NFL.com
  63. ^ "Joey Harrington: Game Logs", NFL.com
  64. ^ "Rex Grossman: Game Logs", NFL.com
  65. ^ "Chris Redman: Game Logs", NFL.com
  66. ^ "Peyton Manning: Game Logs", NFL.com