Saturday, October 5, 2013
Patriots at Bengals: Numbers Watch
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- The offensive numbers the Cincinnati Bengals posted last Sunday in their 17-6 loss at the Cleveland Browns were among the worst they have had in the last three years.
Quarterback Andy Dalton barely passed for 200 yards. Receiver A.J. Green caught seven passes, but he only amassed 51 yards on them. The team rushed for just 63 yards and had zero touchdowns.
When they host New England at 1 p.m. Sunday, the Bengals are hopeful those statistics trend in much different directions.
As you get ready for the AFC showdown, here are few numbers you'll want to keep in mind:
3: Times the Patriots have started 4-0 under coach Bill Belichick. The previous two times, they reached the Super Bowl.
52: Consecutive games Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has thrown a touchdown pass. That's the second-longest streak in NFL history, trailing only Saints quarterback Drew Brees' streak of 54 that spanned the 2009-12 seasons.
341: Number of career touchdowns for Brady. That's one shy of Fran Tarkenton's 342, which currently ranks fourth on the all-time list. Brett Favre is No. 1 on that list with 508.
72.2: Percentage of passes Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has caught while targeted in the end zone since 2010. He was listed as questionable to play on Friday's injury report.
28.8: Percentage of passes Brady has completed to all other receivers since 2010 while targeting them in the end zone.
8: Drops by Patriots receivers this season. Only the Jaguars (nine) had more entering Week 5 action.
9: New England's NFL rank in rush defense with defensive tackle Vince Wilfork the last three seasons. Teams averaged 4.1 yards per carry with him playing. In the last three seasons without him on the field, the Patriots (entering Week 5) ranked last in rush defense, allowing an average 5.0 yards per carry. New England will be without Wilfork this week after he suffered a season-ending injury last weekend.
1: Wins the Bengals have over the Patriots in the last eight series meetings.
18: Games it has been since Cincinnati's defense has allowed a quarterback to pass for more than 300 yards. That's the NFL's longest active streak.
5.9: The Bengals' sack percentage when they send a standard four-man rush toward an opposing quarterback. That ranks 15th in the league. Last year, they ranked first, with a 7.9 sack percentage.
4: Number of wins the Bengals had in October of 2011. They went 4-0 in the month that year. Perhaps odd-year Octobers are favorable for them. Even-year ones certainly are not. In October 2010, they went 0-4. Last October, they went 0-3.
3: Touchdowns for Bengals running back Giovani Bernard which is tied for the NFL lead by all rookies. He has two rushing scores and one receiving score.
50.0: Percentage of Bernard's carries that have gone five yards or more, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That ranks as the best rate among running backs in the league.
19.2: Percentage of Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis' carries that have gone five yards or more, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That ranks as the second-worst rate in the league.
42.32: Percentage of snaps Cincinnati is in a one-back, two-tight end offensive set, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That leads the league. By contrast, the Patriots, the team that patented the two-tight end formation in years past with Aaron Hernandez and Gronkowski, has run the package just 12.1 percent of the time this season without them.