Saturday, September 28, 2013
Bengals at Browns: Numbers watch
By Coley Harvey
When the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, they will be looking for their 14th win in the teams' last 18 meetings.
They've owned this rivalry in recent years, but interest remains high throughout the Buckeye State. This time around, it may be as intense as it has been for a while. Cincinnati has the hype and the hope of a playoff-bound team, and Cleveland has gone from anticipated division doormat to potential contender.
As the teams get set for their matchup Sunday afternoon, here are a few numbers you'll want to keep in mind:
65: Percentage of teams since 1990 that reached the playoffs after starting a season 3-1. Cincinnati enters this game 2-1. Cleveland is 1-2. In the last 23 years, 36 percent of teams that started off 2-2 made it to the playoffs, while just 14 percent made it to the playoffs with a 1-3 start.
17: Consecutive games the Bengals have gone without allowing a 300-yard passer. That's the longest active streak in the NFL. The last quarterback who hit that mark on them was Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden. It doesn't appear he'll be replicating that feat this time around, since Brian Hoyer will be starting in his place.
6: Games separating another team from reaching the Bengals' 17-game streak. The Seahawks currently have an 11-game streak going since a quarterback passed for 300 yards on them.
10: Maximum point-differential in the last eight games of the series. Cincinnati has won six of those contests.
10: Second-half points the Browns have scored this season, tied with Tampa Bay for the fewest after halftime this season.
5: Combined number of wins for the Browns in division play between 2008 and the present.
3: Touchdowns for Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (two rushing, one receiving). Entering Week 4, those three scores led all rookies.
1: Number of third-down runs the Browns have this season, a league low.
2.77: Average in seconds before Hoyer attempted a pass against the Vikings last week, the fastest in the NFL entering Week 4.
4.28: Average in seconds before Weeden attempted a pass in his two starts this season, the slowest in the NFL entering Week 4.
86.1: Hoyer's QBR when he isn't pressured, according to ProFootballFocus.com. When he was under pressure last week, his QBR was 0.0. That was the result of being sacked more often (three times) than he completed a pass (twice) while under pressure.
85.2: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's completion rating when he isn't under pressure, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That ranks as fourth in the league. When Dalton is under pressure, PFF says his completion rating is 47.4 percent; good enough for third-worst in the league.
Information from ESPN Stats & Info was used in this report. Follow on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.