Sunday, October 21, 2012
AFC North game day: By the numbers
By Jamison Hensley
A look at some "smart stats" from our friends at ESPN Stats & Information:
2 -- Teams above .500 in the AFC right now: Ravens and Texans. These two teams are a combined 10-2 while the rest of the AFC is just 31-49. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the furthest into any season that either conference had as few as two teams with winning records. In fact, neither conference had ever made it past two weeks like that.
3.6 -- Yards per rush allowed by the Ravens defense with Ray Lewis on the field over the past five seasons. With Lewis off the field, the Ravens are still only allowing 3.6 yards per carry.
4 -- Consecutive wins for the Steelers over the Bengals.
6 -- Straight games with an interception for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. That's the longest streak since Carson Palmer threw one in seven straight games in 2004.
8 -- Passes broken up or intercepted by Browns cornerback Joe Haden. That's one shy of the league leaders. It's impressive considering Haden has only played two games this season (he was suspended by the league for four games).
10 -- League-leading interceptions by Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. That's the most by a rookie through six team games since Mark Sanchez in 2009.
13 -- Times that Bengals receiver A.J. Green has been targeted on passes more than 20 yards downfield this season (completing five). Dalton has targeted the rest of the Bengals' wide receivers just five times on such throws (completing one).
24 -- Ravens' ranking in the NFL this season in yards per rush allowed between the tackles after leading the NFL last season. The extra yardage can be attributed to yards before first contact, as the Ravens are allowing the same yards per rush after contact as they did last season (1.7).
26 -- Rushing touchdowns by Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis since 2010. That's the second most in the NFL during that time.
31 -- Steelers' defensive ranking on third downs. Pittsburgh has allowed teams to convert on 49.2 percent of third downs. That's up from 38.9 percent from last season (which was 19th in the NFL).
43.4 -- Percentage of plays that the Ravens have used formations with three or more wide receivers. That's up from 29.8 percent last season. Joe Flacco threw one more interception than touchdowns last season from such sets, but has a plus-6 differential so far this season.
71.1 -- Ben Roethlisberger's completion rate when facing four or fewer rushers this season, which is tied for the best in the NFL. The Bengals are allowing 69.2 percent of passes to be completed when sending four or fewer rushers this season.
340 -- Rushing yards by Browns running back Trent Richardson, which leads all AFC rookies. He has scored four rushing touchdowns in his past five games.