Numbers Watch: Ravens at Bengals

December, 28, 2013
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CINCINNATI -- This time last season, the Baltimore Ravens were well on their way to becoming the final team left standing in the NFL.

They rode the momentum of a late-season playoff push and made it all the way to the Super Bowl. Once they got there, well, you know the rest.

This season, the Cincinnati Bengals are trying to the 2013 version of those Ravens. They are hoping that by closing out the regular season with wins in five of their last six games, they will be able to generate enough confidence to reach this year's Super Bowl, and win it, too. Another home win over a division foe could be enough to provide the spark they need. For that reason, expect their starters to play the full 60 minutes against the Ravens on Sunday in the final AFC North game of the year.

As you get set for the game, here are a few numbers to keep an eye on:

6: Consecutive seasons the Ravens will have gone to the playoffs if they clinch a playoff berth this weekend. They need to win and get help losses from Miami and/or San Diego to advance. Or, if they lose Sunday, they need the Dolphins, Chargers and Steelers to all lose in order to claim a postseason spot.

6: NFL record for consecutive playoff appearances to begin a head-coaching career. Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher and former Bengals coach Paul Brown (when he was coaching the Browns) are the only coaches who started their careers with six-straight postseason appearances. Baltimore's John Harbaugh reached the playoffs five straight times entering this season.

5: Consecutive seasons Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco has been to the playoffs. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in his first five seasons.

3: Consecutive seasons Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton will have been to the playoffs. He earned playoff trip No. 3 last weekend when the Bengals won the AFC North. He joins Dan Marino and Bernie Kosar as quarterbacks who have gone to the playoffs their first three seasons. Only Flacco's five-straight appearances to start a career is better in league history. This is according to Elias.

0: Passes Flacco completed on seven passing attempts that went 15-plus yards downfield during the teams' first meeting of the season last month. He also had an interception on those throws. Neither quarterback looked that good that day thanks to gusting and swirling winds.

29.6: Flacco's completion percentage this season on throws 15 yards or more downfield. Only Jake Locker's 25.0 percentage is worse on such throws.

3.1: Yards per carry this season for Ravens running back Ray Rice. Entering this season, he had averaged 4.5 yards per carry through his first five seasons. His yards per scrimmage and yards per reception are down, too. He's averaging about 40 fewer yards from scrimmage this season compared to what he had between 2008-12.

3: Yards Rice needs in order to break Jamal Lewis' team record for career yards from scrimmage.

9,166: Yards Lewis had between 2000-06.

22: Seasons since a Bengals playoff win. That's the longest streak in the NFL. If the Bengals halt the streak by earning a postseason victory this year, they will be tied at 22 with the Lions, who reached that number this season when they were shut out of the playoffs yet again.

8: A win Sunday will give the Bengals a perfect 8-0 home record. The only seasons they've gone unbeaten at home are 1988 (7-0), 1982 (4-0) and 1973 (7-0).

34.4: Points per game the Bengals have averaged at home this season.

19.4: Points per game the Bengals have averaged on the road this season.

16.7: Points per game the Bengals' defense has allowed at home this season.

21.4: Points per game the Bengals' defense has allowed on the road this season.

+8: Cincinnati's turnover margin at home.

-6: Cincinnati's turnover margin on the road.

25: Percentage of Dalton dropbacks that resulted in sacks or duress during the the Bengals' Week 10 game against the Ravens. On the other 75 percent of his dropbacks, when he wasn't pressured, though, he still struggled.

48.8: Dalton's completion percentage when he wasn't pressured against the Ravens. Against every other team, he's had a 67.2 completion percentage when taking no pressure.

6.1: Dalton's yards per pass attempt when he wasn't pressured by Baltimore. Against all others in that situation, he averaged 8.0 yards per pass attempt.

19.9: Dalton's QBR when he wasn't pressured by Baltimore. Against all others in that situation, his QBR is 80.6.

16.8: Percentage of snaps Vontaze Burfict has played in which he has recorded a tackle. That figure leads the NFL, as do his 157 tackles.

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

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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