Saturday, October 26, 2013
Jets vs. Bengals: Numbers Watch
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- Among the most compelling numbers from the all-time Cincinnati Bengals-New York Jets series is one; as in the number of times Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has beaten the Jets in his 11 years as a head coach.
For whatever reason, the Jets have been a bugaboo for Lewis' teams. Regular season, postseason, it doesn't matter. The Jets have found a way to come out on top every time.
While that's one number to keep in mind, here are a few others you'll want to take note of Sunday afternoon when the Bengals and Jets square off at Paul Brown Stadium:
5: Combined number of game-winning field goals this season for Cincinnati's Mike Nugent and New York's Nick Folk. Nugent has hit two, one as time expired and one in overtime. Folk has three, two in the final two seconds of regulation, and another in overtime.
27.1: Percentage of NFL games this season decided by a fourth-quarter comeback victory. That figure puts the 2013 season on pace for the second-highest percentage of games with a fourth-quarter comeback win since the 1970 merger. In 1989, 31.3 percent of games were decided in that fashion.
74: Number of NFL games that have been within seven points at some point in the fourth quarter. That's the highest total through seven weeks in NFL history.
3.1: Yards per rush the Jets' defense has allowed. That's the lowest yards-per-rush figure in the NFL. Last year, they ranked 21st in the league, allowing an average 4.3 yards per rushing attempt.
3: Number of teams that have allowed less than 80 yards rushing per game. The Jets, at 77.7 yards, are one of those teams.
4.6: Yards per play the Jets' defense has allowed. That figure ranks third in the league.
1.7: Yards per rush before contact the Jets' defense has allowed. That ranks as the best in the NFL.
17: Number of sacks the Jets have when sending four or fewer pass-rushers on pressures this season. They have 24 sacks total; the third-most in the league and most through seven games under coach Rex Ryan since 2009.
4: Game-winning drives Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has led. According to Elias, he's the fourth quarterback since the 1970 merger to lead a game-winning drive in each of his first four career wins.
60.9: Smith's QBR in the Jets' four wins.
9.7: Smith's QBR in the Jets' three losses. He has seven interceptions and one touchdown in those games.
14: Turnovers Smith has committed through seven games.
25: Times Smith has been sacked through seven games. No other player in the league has a higher number of turnovers and sacks.
.889: Winning percentage for the Jets in the last nine games between them and the Bengals. New York has won eight of the last nine games against Cincinnati, including a 2009 playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium. In the past two regular-season meetings, the Jets have outscored the Bengals, 63-10.
4: Number of quarterbacks who have thrown for 300 yards and three touchdowns in consecutive games this season. They are: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton has thrown more touchdowns in his last two games than in his first five games of the season.
6.9: Yards per passing attempt in Dalton's first five games.
9.6: Yards per passing attempt in Dalton's past two games.
65.1: Dalton's completion percentage in the first five games.
67.6: Dalton's completion percentage in the past two games.
53.0: Dalton's combined QBR in the first five games.
82.0: Dalton's combined QBR in the past two games.
8: Number of players who have thrown 300 yards and three touchdowns in three straight games in a single season since 2001. If Dalton does it Sunday, he'll be the ninth.
69.2: Dalton's completion percentage on passing plays 15-plus yards downfield in the past two games.
36.1: Dalton's completion percentage on passing plays 15-plus yards downfield in the first five games.
77: Times Dalton has targeted receiver A.J. Green. That's tied for the most times an NFL receiver has been targeted this season.
619: Yards receiving for Green. That ranks third among pass-catchers.
258: Yards receiving for Green in the past two games.