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Monday, September 30, 2013
A by-the-numbers look at the Bengals' loss

By Coley Harvey

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis felt there were two numbers from his team's 17-6 loss at Cleveland on Sunday that mattered more than any others: third-down offensive and defensive conversions.

"Those are things we've got to do better," he said.

A season-worst 28.6 percent showing on offensive third-down conversions, and a season-high 50 percent showing on defensive third-down conversions would indicate corrections need to come for both sides of the ball, and swiftly.

In addition to those figures, other numbers indicate the Bengals are in need of a few more tweaks before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. Let's take this by-the-numbers look at the loss:

2: Red zone scores for the Browns. Both came in goal-line scenarios.

9: Third downs the Browns converted on offense. They were 9-for-18 in those situations.

4: Third downs the Bengals converted on offense. They were 4-for-14 in those situations.

10: Team-high number of carries for Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard, who rushed for just 37 yards.

50: Snaps Bernard had Sunday, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Fellow running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 18.

0: Touchdowns for the Bengals. It was the first time since last January's first-round playoff defeat at Houston that the Bengals hadn't scored an offensive touchdown.

58.2: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's season-low passer rating against the Browns.

29.7: Dalton's season-low QBR rating.

38.5: Dalton's passing percentage (5-for-13) against the blitz Sunday. He threw for 58 yards in those situations, according to PFF.com.

18: Consecutive games since Cincinnati's defense allowed a 300-yard passer. The Bengals extended that league-best streak by allowing just 247 yards passing Sunday.

4.9: Bengals' season-low yards per passing attempt.

17: Receptions Bengals receiver A.J. Green has since his nine-catch performance against Chicago in Week 1.

37: Times Green has been targeted in the three games since that nine-catch game. He was targeted 13 times in the opener.

45.9: Percentage of balls Green has caught that have been thrown his direction in the past three games.

1: Catches Green had on the eight passes of 10 yards or more that were thrown his way, according to PFF.com.

14: Game-high tackles for Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

3: Sacks by Cincinnati's defense. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap and defensive tackle Geno Atkins had 1.5 each.