Monday, September 23, 2013
A by-the-numbers look at the Bengals' win
By Coley Harvey
Seconds after Bengals cornerback Terence Newman finally pulled himself out of the back-patting mass of South end zone fans and started jogging back toward his sideline, confusion arose in Paul Brown Stadium's press box.
Originally, Newman, who had just scooped a fumbled ball and raced into the end zone for what proved to be Cincinnati's game-winning score, had been given credit for running 53 yards on the return. Deeper math and a reviewed replay showed he had been credited incorrectly. He actually ran 58 yards.
Each and every one of those yards may have been the most important ones gained by anyone the entire afternoon.
In addition to 34 and 30, the number 58 was an important figure in the Bengals' four-point win over the Packers, too. But it wasn't the only one. Here's a look at a few other numbers that helped tell the deeper story behind Cincinnati's big 34-30 victory that pushed it to 2-1:
2: Times in NFL history that a team has gone up 14-0, allowed 30 unanswered points and still won, according to Elias. Along with the Bengals on Sunday, the Packers beat Pittsburgh on Oct. 7, 1951. In that game, Green Bay went up 28-0 before Pittsburgh scored 33 straight. The Packers ended up winning 35-33.
244: Yards passing for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He had 480 against Washington the week before.
17: Number of consecutive games the Bengals have gone without allowing a 300-yard passer. It's the longest active streak. The last time came a year ago this month, when Cleveland's Brandon Weeden passed for 322 in Week 2.
182: Yards rushing for the Packers. Sunday marked the first time a team rushed for more than 100 yards on Cincinnati this season.
5: Total Bengals fumbles.
8: Total turnovers in the game.
0: Punt return yards for Green Bay's explosive return man, Randall Cobb. He waved for a fair catch on his only opportunity.
50: Percentage of times Bengals receiver A.J. Green caught a pass that was thrown his way. He was targeted eight times and caught four passes.
17.0: Average yards receiving for the Bengals' Mohamed Sanu. He had four catches for a game-high 68 yards.
8: Passes deflected by Bengals defenders. Three of them came from defensive linemen. Johnson may have had the game's biggest when he batted away a Rodgers pass on fourth down on the Packers' final drive.
1: Number of times in the past five seasons entering Sunday that Rodgers had three passes batted down in a single game.
84.6: Percentage of passes Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed when facing a standard (four-man or fewer) rush Sunday. In the second half, he was a perfect 9-for-9 in those passing situations. One of those nine resulted in a touchdown pass.
11.8: Yards per passing attempt in the second half for Dalton when facing a standard rush.
47: Yards after the catch for Green Bay's wide receivers. The week before, against Washington, the group gained 178 yards after the catch.
78.7: Percentage of times Rodgers targeted his wide receivers through the first two games.
60: Percentage of times Rodgers targeted his wide receivers against the Bengals.
13.0: Yards per passing attempt for Rodgers when targeting his wide receivers in the first two games. He also completed five touchdown passes and had no interceptions when targeting his receivers in those contests.
6.3: Yards per passing attempt for Rodgers when targeting his wide receivers against the Bengals. He also had one touchdown and two interceptions when targeting his receivers Sunday. The Bengals were committed to preventing his receivers from making plays.
Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report. Follow on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.