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 qualify, a QB must have at least 10 pass attempts, zero touchdowns, a completion percentage of 30% or less, average less than 3 yards per attempt and an interception percentage of 9.5% or greater.

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 weeks in a row (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 (1979), 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).

Nine 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, Craig Morton, Warren Moon, and Eli Manning. Manning, with a zero in his rookie year, is the only QB to record a zero passer rating prior to achieving a perfect passer rating.

This is a list-in-progress of those quarterbacks:

Quarterback Date Team Opponent Result CMP ATT YDS INT Notes
Tommy Thompson[1] 12/19/1948 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.
Otto Graham[2] 12/27/1953 Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions L 17-16 2 15 20 2 NFL Championship Game
King Hill[3] 10/02/1960 St. Louis Cardinals New York Giants L 35-14 3 13 25 2
John Brodie[4] 10/22/1961 San Francisco 49ers @Chicago Bears L 31-0 3 10 23 2
Al Dorow[5] 09/09/1962 Buffalo Bills @Houston Oilers L 28-23 4 17 44 3
John Hadl[6] 10/13/1962 San Diego Chargers @Buffalo Bills L 35-10 2 12 17 2
Cotton Davidson[7] 10/14/1962 Oakland Raiders Denver Broncos L 23-6 2 10 22 1
Cotton Davidson[8] 11/18/1962 Oakland Raiders Buffalo Bills L 10-6 5 20 25 2 2nd career 0.0 game, 2nd 0.0 in same season
Bill Munson[9] 10/11/1964 Los Angeles Rams @Chicago Bears L 38-17 4 15 42 4
Earl Morrall[10] 09/19/1965 New York Giants @Dallas Cowboys L 31-2 6 21 63 2
Dick Wood[11] 09/19/1965 Oakland Raiders San Diego Chargers L 17-6 4 14 31 2
Jack Kemp[12] 12/05/1965 Buffalo Bills @Houston Oilers W 29-18 2 10 25 1
Dick Wood[13] 09/09/1966 Miami Dolphins New York Jets L 19-14 2 15 25 2 2nd career 0.0 game
Joe Kapp[14] 10/15/1967 Minnesota Vikings @Green Bay Packers W 10-7 2 11 25 2
Don Trull[15] 12/09/1967 Boston Patriots Buffalo Bills L 44-16 5 20 57 3
Bob Griese[16] 09/28/1968 Miami Dolphins Kansas City Chiefs L 48-3 2 17 24 2
Johnny Unitas[17] 10/20/1968 Baltimore Colts Cleveland Browns L 30-20 1 11 12 3
Virgil Carter[18] 10/12/1969 Chicago Bears Minnesota Vikings L 31-0 3 12 25 2
Billy Kilmer[19] 09/27/1970 New Orleans Saints Minnesota Vikings L 26-0 6 20 16 2
Don Gault[20] 10/03/1970 Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers W 15-7 1 16 44 2 Only career NFL start, last career NFL game played (won game)
Mike Taliaferro[21] 10/11/1970 Boston Patriots Kansas City Chiefs L 23-10 3 12 30 4
Rick Arrington[22] 10/25/1970 Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers L 30-17 3 10 16 3
Terry Hanratty[23] 11/15/1970 Pittsburgh Steelers Kansas City Chiefs L 31-14 3 12 35 2
Len Dawson[24] 11/22/1970 Kansas City Chiefs St. Louis Cardinals T 6-6 4 14 38 2
Terry Bradshaw[25] 12/13/1970 Pittsburgh Steelers Atlanta Falcons L 27-16 3 12 30 2
Kent Nix[26] 10/03/1971 Chicago Bears Los Angeles Rams L 17-3 5 23 60 3
Bobby Douglass[27] 11/21/1971 Chicago Bears Detroit Lions L 28-3 6 26 68 4
John Hadl[28] 11/28/1971 San Diego Chargers Cincinnati Bengals L 31-0 5 18 49 4 2nd career 0.0 game
Gary Cuozzo[29] 12/11/1971 Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions W 29-10 4 15 21 2
Greg Landry[30] 09/24/1972 Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings L 34-10 3 15 39 3
Dan Pastorini[31] 10/09/1972 Houston Oilers Oakland Raiders L 34-0 3 21 31 4
Bob Lee[32] 12/09/1973 Atlanta Falcons St. Louis Cardinals L 32-10 3 16 27 2 Had perfect 158.3 game earlier in season; both starting QB's (Keithley) had a 0.0
Gary Keithley 12/09/1973 St. Louis Cardinals Atlanta Falcons W 32-10 2 10 9 1 1st career start; both starting QB's (Lee) had a 0.0
Gary Keithley[33] 12/16/1973 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
Joe Namath[34] 09/29/1974 New York Jets Buffalo Bills L 16-12 2 18 33 3
Archie Manning[35] 11/25/1974 New Orleans Saints Pittsburgh Steelers L 28-7 2 10 9 3 Part of the only father-son combination on this list.
James Harris[36] 09/21/1975 Los Angeles Rams @Dallas Cowboys L 18-7 1 10 5 3
Dan Fouts[37] 10/05/1975 San Diego Chargers Oakland Raiders L 6-0 3 13 29 2
Terry Bradshaw[38] 12/20/1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Los Angeles Rams L 10-3 3 10 28 1 2nd career 0.0 game
Norm Snead[39] 11/14/1976 New York Giants Washington Redskins W 12-9 3 14 26 2 2nd career 0.0 game
Joe Namath[40] 12/12/1976 New York Jets Cincinnati Bengals L 42-3 4 15 20 4 2nd career 0.0 game, first time that starter and replacement (Todd) both have zero in same game
Richard Todd[41] 12/12/1976 New York Jets Cincinnati Bengals L 42-3 3 13 23 2 First time that starter (Namath) and replacement both have zero in same game
Craig Morton[42] 01/15/1978 Denver Broncos Dallas Cowboys L 27-10 4 15 39 4 Super Bowl XII, pulled in third quarter.
Dan Pastorini[43] 09/09/1979 Houston Oilers Pittsburgh Steelers L 38-7 4 16 16 3 2nd career 0.0 game
Mike Livingston[44] 09/09/1979 Kansas City Chiefs Cleveland Browns L 27-24 2 10 26 1
Terry Bradshaw[45] 12/12/1982 Pittsburgh Steelers Buffalo Bills L 13-0 2 13 3 2 3rd career 0.0 game, 2nd time that a starter and replacement (Stoudt) both have zero in same game
Cliff Stoudt[46] 12/12/1982 Pittsburgh Steelers Buffalo Bills L 13-0 2 10 29 1 2nd time that a starter (Bradshaw) and replacement both have zero in same game
Warren Moon[47] 11/10/1985 Houston Oilers @Buffalo Bills L 20-0 3 14 22 3
Warren Moon[48] 11/30/1986 Houston Oilers @Cleveland Browns L 13-10 5 23 68 4 2nd career 0.0 game
Dave Wilson[49] 01/03/1988 New Orleans Saints Minnesota Vikings L 44-10 2 12 20 2 NFC Wild Card game, did not start
Todd Marinovich[50] 11/08/1992 Los Angeles Raiders Philadelphia Eagles L 31-10 3 10 25 3 Last career NFL game played
Tommy Maddox[51] 10/15/1995 New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles L 17-14 6 23 49 3
Dave Brown[52] 12/01/1996 New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles L 24-0 3 11 31 2
Kent Graham[53] 10/12/1997 Arizona Cardinals New York Giants L 27-13 4 14 40 2
Tony Graziani[54] 10/26/1997 Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers L 21-12 4 18 24 2 1st career start
Trent Dilfer[55] 12/14/1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers New York Jets L 31-0 2 15 38 2
Ryan Leaf[56] 09/20/1998 San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs L 23-7 1 15 4 2
Scott Mitchell[57] 10/15/2000 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L 15-0 4 16 39 2
Anthony Wright[58] 12/25/2000 Dallas Cowboys Tennessee Titans L 31-0 5 20 35 2
Randy Fasani[59] 10/27/2002 Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 12-9 5 18 46 3 Only career NFL start.
Tim Hasselbeck[60] 12/14/2003 Washington Redskins Dallas Cowboys L 27-0 6 26 56 4
Jeff Garcia[61] 09/19/2004 Cleveland Browns Dallas Cowboys L 19-12 8 27 71 3 Most attempts, completions, and yards in a 0.0 game.
Eli Manning[62] 12/12/2004 New York Giants Baltimore Ravens L 37-14 4 18 27 2 Pulled from the game in the 4th quarter.
Joey Harrington[63] 12/17/2006 Miami Dolphins Buffalo Bills L 21-0 5 17 20 2
Rex Grossman[64] 12/31/2006 Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers L 26-7 2 12 33 3 Did not play 2nd half.
Chris Redman[65] 12/16/2007 Atlanta Falcons Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 37-3 4 15 34 2

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL Stats: by Player Category", NFL.com
  2. ^ "1953 National Football League", 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