Saturday, November 9, 2013
Bengals at Ravens: Numbers Watch
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- In three of their last four games against defending Super Bowl champions, the Cincinnati Bengals have emerged victorious.
Since late September 2009, the Bengals knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers -- twice -- and New York Giants in games they played against those teams that came immediately after their championship seasons. This weekend, when they face the Baltimore Ravens on the road in a key division contest, the Bengals have a chance to make it four out of five.
The only time in the past five seasons that they haven't beaten a reigning Super Bowl winner was in December 2010, when the New Orleans Saints held on to beat the Bengals 34-30 in a game at Paul Brown Stadium.
In addition to keeping this unique statistic in mind when the Bengals and Ravens square off, here are a few others you'll want to be aware of:
2: Number of road AFC North wins Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has in his career.
10: Interceptions Dalton has thrown in seven career road AFC North games.
9: Touchdowns Dalton has thrown in seven career home AFC North games.
22: Sacks for Dalton in his seven career road AFC North games.
33.0: Dalton's QBR in his seven career road AFC North games.
0: Number of wins for Dalton in two tries on the road at Baltimore.
83.4: Dalton's QBR during the Bengals' four-game winning streak earlier this season.
13.5: Dalton's QBR against Miami in last Thursday's 22-20 overtime loss.
19: Times Dalton targeted Bengals receiver A.J. Green at Miami last week. It was the highest total of targets for a Bengals receiver since Week 16 of 2001, when Peter Warrick was targeted 20 times.
2: Number of NFL receivers who have more targets in a game this season than Green's 19. Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson was targeted 22 times in a game, and Jacksonville's Justin Blackmon was targeted 20 times.
4: Consecutive 100-yard receiving games for Green; tied for the fourth-longest such single-season streak in the last 10 years.
300: Number of plays the Bengals have run with rookie running back Giovani Bernard on the field this season.
310: Number of plays the Bengals have run without Bernard on the field this season.
6.2: Yards per play average during plays when Bernard has been on the field.
5.1: Yards per play average during plays when Bernard hasn't been on the field.
14: Bengals touchdowns that have come with Bernard on the field.
9: Bengals touchdowns that have come with Bernard off the field.
17.1: Percentage of times Bengals receiver Marvin Jones has turned a target into a touchdown. It's the highest percentage in the NFL. He's been targeted 41 times and turned those into seven touchdowns. Denver's Julius Thomas ranks second on that list, turning 15.7 percent of his targets into scores.
14.5: Sacks Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins had as part of a four-man pass run dating back to the start of last season. That tied for seventh in the league and tops among defensive tackles in that span. Atkins was lost for the year last week thanks to an ACL tear.
7.4: Sack percentage for the Bengals' defense with Atkins on the field during his four-year career.
5.5: Sack percentage for the Bengals' defense without Atkins on the field the last four years.
42.6: QBR rating for opposing quarterbacks when Atkins has been on the field the last four years.
57.1: QBR rating for opposing quarterbacks when Atkins hasn't been on the field in the last four years.
2.78: Yards per carry for Baltimore's rushing game. If the Ravens keep that pace going, it would be the lowest yards per rush average since the 1970 league merger.
97: The ranking for Ravens running back Ray Rice's yards from scrimmage as a starter this season. He has just 394 yards from scrimmage as a starter. In 2011, he ranked first in the NFL, gaining 2,068 yards from scrimmage as a starter. He's been in the top 10 every year he has been in the league but this one.
3.2: Yards per touch for Rice this season.
5.4: Yards per touch for Rice between 2008-12.
0: Number of 20-yard-plus plays for Rice this season.
59: Number of 20-yard-plus plays for Rice between 2008-12.
0: Times Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has lost four straight games his career. He enters this game having lost three consecutive.
17.0: Points per game the Ravens have averaged scoring in the last three games.
10.1: Sack percentage for the Ravens' offense in the last three games.
7.0: Sack percentage for the Ravens' offense in the first five games of the season.
31.8: Red zone percentage for Baltimore's defense. That ranks second in the NFL.
44.4: Goal-to-go percentage for Baltimore's defense. That ranks second in the NFL.
33.3: Third-down percentage for Baltimore's defense. That ranks fourth in the NFL.
Information from ESPN's Stats & Information was used in this report. Follow on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.