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Saturday, October 19, 2013
Bengals at Lions: Numbers Watch

By Coley Harvey

CINCINNATI -- Among the many matchups to watch Sunday afternoon when the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions meet at Ford Field will be the battle between the offensive lines.

The Bengals and Lions feature two of the NFL's premier pass-blocking units, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Both also are going against two of the best defensive lines in the league, as well. So will Cincinnati's 84.5 pass-blocking efficiency rating slip because of the Lions' intense, physical pass rush? Or will Detroit's own 83.1 pass-blocking efficiency rating take a hit because of the push that the Bengals' linemen will get?

Again, that's one matchup you'll want to pay close attention to.

There are several other items that deserve your focus, too, this weekend. Here are a few of them, as we take a deeper look at a few other numbers from both sides ahead of the ballgame:

5: The magical number both the Bengals and Lions are hoping to obtain this weekend. With mirrored 4-2 records, both are seeking their fifth win of the season.

20: Consecutive regular season games the Bengals have gone without allowing an opposing offense to have a 300-yard passing game. That's the longest active streak in the NFL. Including last year's playoff loss at Houston, that number increases to 21.

19: Number of 300-yard passing games Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has since he joined the league in 2009. He has two already this season.

1: Number of times during his career that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for three touchdowns in back-to-back games. He last did it during Weeks 2 and 3 of last season. In last week's win at Buffalo, he threw for three touchdowns for the first time since Week 12 against the Raiders.

205: Plays the Bengals have run with rookie running back Giovani Bernard on the field.

203: Plays the Bengals have run without Bernard on the field.

5.9: Yards per play the Bengals are averaging when Bernard is on the field.

4.4: Yards per play the Bengals are averaging when Bernard isn't on the field.

4.3: Yards per rush the Bengals are averaging when Bernard is on the field.

3.2: Yards per rush the Bengals are averaging when Bernard isn't on the field.

24.5: Sacks for Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins since the start of the 2010 season. No other interior lineman in the league has had that many sacks in that time.

21.5: Sacks for Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh since the start of the 2010 season. He ranks second on that list only to Atkins.

23: Times Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has been targeted in the end zone the last two seasons. He's caught four of those passes.

30: Times Bengals receiver A.J. Green has been targeted in the end zone the last two seasons. He's caught 10 of those passes.

1: Johnson's ranking among NFL receivers who have been part of 30-yard-plus plays since 2011.

2: Green's ranking among NFL receivers who have been part of 30-yard-plus plays since 2011.

67: Percentage of end zone targets Lions tight end Joseph Fauria has caught this season. He's 4-for-6 on balls thrown his way in the end zone this year. Johnson is only 2-for-8 with a dropped ball. Last year, Johnson was 2-for-15 on those opportunities.

68.0: QBR for quarterbacks who faced the Lions' defense last season.

38.7: QBR for quarterbacks who have faced the Lions' defense this season. That's good enough for fourth-best in the league this year.

7.41: Yards per passing attempt for Stafford, according to ProFootballFocus.com.

7.22: Yards per passing attempt for Dalton, according to PFF.com.

4.0: Average yards after catch attempt for Stafford, according to PFF.com.

3.9: Average yards after catch attempt for Dalton, according to PFF.com.

2.21: Average number of seconds it takes for Stafford to get the football out of his hand and into his receivers' hands. That pass release time is the fastest in the NFL, PFF.com says.

2.31: Average number of seconds it takes for Dalton to get the football out of his hand and into his receivers' hands. That pass release time is the third-fastest in the NFL, per PFF.com.

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