Numbers Watch: Bengals-Chargers

January, 4, 2014
Jan 4
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CINCINNATI -- All week, the only numbers the people in the Cincinnati Bengals' ticket office have been concerned with have been 15,000, 10,000, 8,000 and zero.

As the threat of a blackout hovered all week over the Bengals' first-round playoff game against San Diego, the primary concern was getting enough tickets purchased that such threats would eventually disappear.

For the fans who ended up snatching those tickets and who will make the trip to Paul Brown Stadium this weekend, the numbers they're most concerned with are 30, 25, 20 and below. Those are the temperatures downtown Cincinnati is expected to see over the course of the afternoon as a cold front sweeps through the region, bringing snow and freezing rain along with it.

Here are a few other numbers to consider ahead of this weekend's Bengals-Chargers game:

2: Total wins for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in three career games played in 32 degrees and lower.

0: Playoff wins for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in two career postseason games played in 32 degrees and lower. Rivers is 1-3 overall during his career in those games.

25: Career wins in games played at or below freezing for New England quarterback Tom Brady. That leads all quarterbacks since 2001. He's 25-5 overall and 9-2 in the postseason in such contests.

43.7: Percentage of times in the regular season the Chargers called a designed run. That leads the AFC among playoff teams and ties the Panthers for third in the NFL, behind the 49ers and Seahawks. That high percentage could give them an advantage if weather makes it difficult to pass Sunday.

15-1: As of Wednesday, odds Bengals have at winning the Pro Football Championship, according to Las Vegas SuperBook.

40-1: As of Wednesday, odds Chargers have at winning the Pro Football Championship, according to Las Vegas SuperBook.

1990: The last season the Bengals won a playoff game. They are trying to snap that two-decade skid.

17.6: Average margin of victory by the Bengals at home this season.

4: Consecutive first downs the Bengals converted to close out their 17-10 win against the Chargers on Dec. 1.

4: Chargers coaches who have led the franchise to the playoffs in their first season with the team. Mike McCoy becomes coach No. 4.

71.5: Rivers' league-best completion percentage in road games this regular season.

2,496: Rivers' passing yards in road games this regular season. Only Peyton Manning had more away from home.

15: Rivers' touchdown passes in road games this regular season. He was tied for third in that category away from home.

23.5: Average number of turnovers Rivers had during the 2011-12 seasons.

13: Turnovers Rivers accounted for during this past regular season.

41.5: Rivers' QBR in 2012.

71.7: Rivers' QBR in 2013.

73.0: Rivers' completion percentage against every team other than the Bengals when facing four or fewer pass-rushers this season.

60.0: Rivers' completion percentage against the Bengals when facing four or fewer pass-rushers in their earlier meeting last month.

8.6: Rivers' yards per passing attempt against the rest of the NFL.

5.6: Rivers' yards per passing attempt against the Bengals in the December meeting. It was a season-low.

79.4: Rivers' QBR against the rest of the NFL.

33.1: Rivers' QBR against the Bengals in the December meeting. That was a single-game low this season.

0: Chargers' trips into the red zone in the December meeting.

534: Rushing yards for San Diego's Ryan Mathews in December; the second-most yards for an NFL back in the month.

14.8: Carries per game for Mathews through the first 12 games.

26.8: Carries per game for Mathews across the past four games -- all Chargers wins. That's the most in the league across that stretch.

1,046: Receiving yards for Chargers receiver Keenan Allen, setting a new franchise record for rookie receivers.

0: Career playoff touchdown passes for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in two career playoff games. Both were against the Texans.

4: Career playoff interceptions for Dalton in two career playoff games. He was picked off three times alone in the 2011 meeting at Houston.

42.9: Dalton's completion percentage when the Chargers sent five or more pass-rushers at him during the teams' December meeting.

68.8: Dalton's completion percentage when the Chargers sent four or fewer pass-rushers at him in the December meeting.

0.6: Dalton's QBR when the Chargers sent five or more pass rushers at him in the December meeting. That was a season-worst.

89.8: Dalton's QBR when the Chargers sent four or fewer pass-rushers at him in the December meeting.

23: Passes in Dalton's postseason career that have gone to receiver A.J. Green. Only 10 of them have been caught. Four of the 13 incompletions were interceptions.

12: Dalton's targets to Green this season that resulted in interceptions. That's the most of any quarterback-receiver combination in the league this year.

8.7: Yards per passing attempt the Chargers allowed running backs to gain this regular season. Bengals rookie Giovani Bernard had 514 yards receiving this season. That was the most among first-year running backs.

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

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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