Monday, October 28, 2013
A by-the-numbers look at the Bengals' win
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- Who among us believed that halfway through the regular season, the Cincinnati Bengals would be 6-2, in the middle of a four-game winning streak, would have a quarterback in the top-4 in passing yardage, a top-10 defense and would be led in touchdowns by a receiver other than A.J. Green?
If you knew all of that would happen, specifically the note about receiving touchdowns, then I need you to go purchase me a few lottery tickets ...
In all seriousness, now eight games into the regular season, the Bengals, led by the efficient Andy Dalton, a suffocating defense and Marvin Jones' newly found flair for scoring, are looking like one of the NFL's best teams. Against the New York Jets in Sunday's 49-9 win, Dalton and Jones posted video game-like numbers by setting career highs and a franchise record.
Dalton's five touchdowns and Jones' four weren't the only numbers of note in the ballgame, though. Here are a few more that help explain how the Bengals were able to cruise to their most lopsided win in five seasons:
98.9: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's QBR. It's the highest quarterback rating of his career, and comes just one week after he posted a 92.8 QBR. Entering this weekend, it had been the second-best of his career.
82: Yards Bengals cornerbacks Chris Crocker and Adam Jones had on a pair of interceptions they returned for touchdowns.
40: Percentage of third downs the Jets converted, going 6-for-15. The Bengals were 6-for-11 on third down.
83: Percentage of scores the Bengals converted while in red zone territory. They were 5-for-6 inside the Jets' 20. The Bengals converted all four of their trips inside goal-line territory.
3.7: Yards per play for the Jets' offense.
7.2: Yards per play for the Bengals' offense.
10.4: Yards gained per pass play for the Bengals' passing offense.
125.7: Dalton's passer rating.
4: Sacks the Bengals had on the Jets. Geno Smith was brought down three times and Matt Simms was stopped behind the line of scrimmage once.
38.3: Yards per reception for Bengals receiver A.J. Green. He finished with three catches for 115 yards.
45: Yards on one Marvin Jones reception. It was the longest play of his two-year career.
71: Yards on one kick return by Bengals specialist Brandon Tate.
7: Tackles for Bengals cornerback Adam Jones, who finished with Cincinnati's second-highest tackle total.
6: Tackles for Bengals linebacker James Harrison. It was his highest tackle output of the season.
71: Average number of yards the Bengals had to travel at the start of their drives. They began, on average, at their own 29.
58: The most points the Bengals had scored in a game before Sunday was Nov. 28, 2004, when they put up 58 against the Cleveland Browns.
24: Number of years since the Bengals last had a 40-point-plus margin of victory. The last time they had a win of that magnitude, they beat the Houston Oilers 61-7 in 1989.
1984: The year when the Bengals last had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a single game.
3: Number of players in Bengals history who have had four touchdowns of any kind in a game. Larry Kinnebrew (1984) and Corey Dillon (1997) had four touchdowns before Marvin Jones' four-receiving touchdown day Sunday.
3: Games Geno Smith has had where he has thrown no touchdowns and multiple interceptions.
100: Percentage of passes Dalton completed while targeting Marvin Jones. He threw his direction eight times.
50: Percentage of passes Dalton completed while targeting the rest of his receivers. He was 11-for-22 throwing to them.
15.3: Yards per passing attempt Dalton had on his eight passes to Jones.
9.2: Yards per passing attempt Dalton had on his other 22 passes to his other receivers.
88: Percentage of first downs the Bengals converted while throwing to Marvin Jones.
41: Percentage of first downs the Bengals converted while throwing to the rest of their receivers.
Information from ESPN's Stats & Info was used in this report. Follow on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.