Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A by-the-numbers look at the Bengals' win
By Coley Harvey
Alright, Cincinnati Bengals fans, have you come off Monday night's emotional high yet? Your team definitely sent one strong early-season message to the rest of the AFC North with that big 20-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For the players, it was the kind of victory that completely put the Week 1 disaster at Chicago firmly in their rearview mirrors and got their confidence trending upward. Can they build upon this and beat the Packers at home next week? We'll find out in five days.
Before we turn our attention to next week, let's take a look at a few of the numbers that contributed to Monday night's win:
5: Consecutive times the Steelers had won in Cincinnati entering Monday's game.
4: Passes Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed beyond 15 yards.
26.7: Percentage of passes (4-for-15) Roethlisberger completed beyond 15 yards.
46.4: Percentage of passes Roethlisberger completed beyond 15 yards all of last season.
1: Completions and yards for Roethlisberger while under duress by the Steelers. He was 1-for-9 on the 11 plays that occurred during the Bengals' 11 pass rushes.
27.5: Percentage of Roethlisberger's dropbacks (11 out of 40) that saw him either under duress or get sacked.
2: Times the Bengals sacked Roethlisberger.
85: Percentage of passes Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed that were thrown within five yards of the line of scrimmage. He was 17-for-20 completing the short passes.
60.7: Percentage of short-yardage passes Dalton completed against the Steelers in two meetings last year.
6.7: Average yards that resulted from Dalton's 20 short passing attempts.
45: Total passing attempts Dalton had Monday night.
7.2: Yards per play the Bengals averaged whenever rookie running back Giovani Bernard touched the football.
9: Times Bernard was either passed to (once) or given a handoff (eight times).
4.9: Yards per play the Bengals averaged the 70 other offensive plays when Bernard didn't touch the football.
0: Touchdowns the Bengals scored when Bernard didn't have the ball in his hands.
2: Touchdowns Bernard accounted for.
13: Yards after contact for the Steelers on 16 rushes against the Bengals.
0.95: Average rushing yards after contact the Bengals have allowed this season. That figure is tied for second in the NFL.