A by-the-numbers look at the Bengals' win

October, 21, 2013
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CINCINNATI -- Numbers are, of course, the foundation of football.

Statistics are the backbone of the game and give insight into what certain situations, trends, plays and play calls might mean.

The numbers in Sunday's Cincinnati Bengals game at Detroit happened to feature a pair of unique repeats. One of them, 155, was a mirrored numeric that told exactly how well both Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green performed.

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The receivers who some consider the top 2 active players at their position, each had 155 yards receiving in the Bengals' 27-24 win against the Lions.

Another duplicate number? That 27-24 score. It was the very same final tally the Bengals had in their overtime win against the Bills the week before. The last time Cincinnati had the exact same score in back-to-back weeks was in 2011 when they beat Tennessee 24-17 and then turned around and lost to the Steelers by the same score the next week.

The last time they had duplicate scores that both resulted in wins? It was 2009. That year, they beat the Steelers and Browns in consecutive weeks by 23-20 scores. Like this year's duplicate score, one of those games (the Steelers game) was decided in regulation. The other was decided in overtime.

See? Can't numbers be fun? Here are a few more from the Bengals' victory that pushed them to 5-2 and a three-game winning streak:

82: Yards on Green's first-quarter touchdown reception. It was the longest pass the third-year receiver has caught in his career.

206: Career receptions for Green, following his six-catch, 155-yard performance. His 200th reception was his first Sunday; the 82-yard touchdown grab.

372: Yards for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. It was the second time this season he passed for more than 300 yards.

135.9: Dalton's passer rating against the Lions.

92.8: Dalton's QBR against the Lions. It was his second-highest single-game mark. His previous high was 94.5, which was set against the Giants last season.

201: Yards Dalton passed for to his right Sunday. He also was 12-for-16 with two touchdowns on passing attempts made in that direction.

1: Combined sacks for the Bengals' and Lions' defenses.

68: Percentage of third downs the Lions converted. Before Monday night's game between the Giants and Vikings, it was the highest conversion rating in the NFL this weekend. Detroit was 13-for-19 on third downs against the Bengals.

7.9: Yards per play for Cincinnati offensively.

53: Plays the Bengals ran offensively.

76: Plays the Lions ran offensively.

13: Total tackles for Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

3: Number of touchdown receptions of 20 yards or more that Green and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson combined for Sunday. They had only combined for two such long touchdown catches in the six previous games.

41: Percentage of field goals from beyond 50 yards that Bengals kicker Mike Nugent had made before burying Sunday's game-winning 54-yarder. He was 7-for-17 from that distance entering the game.

20: Consecutive games the Bengals' defense had not allowed an offense to rack up 300 yards or more of passing offense. The streak stopped when Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards Sunday. It had been the league's longest active streak.

5: Consecutive wins against the Lions for the Bengals.

17.3: Average yards downfield that Green was targeted on passing attempts. That's his season-high.

18.2: Average yards downfield that Johnson was targeted on passing attempts. That's his season-high.

Information from ESPN's Stats & Info was used in this report. Follow on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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