Bengals at Bears numbers watch

September, 7, 2013
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Statistics may ultimately mean little when well-matched teams like the Bengals and Bears meet, but they can give an indication of where a game could be headed.

Before you sit down and watch the Bengals begin the season in Chicago Sunday afternoon, take a look at these numbers that could end up having some kind of impact:

25 -- The percentage of teams since 1990 that have made the playoffs after starting a season 0-1. The 2012 Bengals were among those teams.

162 -- Receptions the Bengals' A.J. Green had through his first two seasons.

6 -- Number of catches that separated Green from tying for the most receptions for a receiver in his first two seasons in NFL history. Marques Colston (2006-07) holds that honor with his 168.

37 -- Number of sacks the Bengals had in 2012 when they sent four or fewer rushers at the quarterback. That was the most in the league last year.

6 -- Wins over NFC teams the Bengals have with Andy Dalton as their starting quarterback.

2 -- Losses to NFC teams the Bengals have with Dalton as their starting quarterback.

1989 -- The last time the Bears beat the Bengals in Chicago. That year, the game also fell in Week 1.

48.6 -- The percentage Bears quarterback Jay Cutler specifically targeted receiver Brandon Marshall when five or more rushers entered the backfield in 2012.

23.1 -- Cutler's QBR score (QBR is an ESPN metric that takes into account everything QBs do on a field from passing, rushing, sacks taken, penalties charged, etc.) when five or more pass-rushers came his way last season. That score ranked him 32nd among league quarterbacks.

6 -- Cutler's number of interceptions last season with five or more pass-rushers came his way. That was tied for 32nd.

15 -- Cutler's number of sacks last season when five or more pass-rushers came his way. That figure tied him for 29th.

41.4 -- The percentage of throws Cutler targeted Marshall on when five or more pass-rushers entered the backfield last season. That figure was higher than any other percentage in the past five years for an NFL receiver who was thrown to while five players rushed his quarterback. No other receiver in that data set had been thrown to more than 38.3 percent of the time (Percy Harvin, 2012).

Stats are courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. Follow on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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