Saturday, November 16, 2013
Browns vs. Bengals: Numbers Watch
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- Defense was the story the first time the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns met this season. With the NFL's respective No. 4 and No. 5 defensive units set to square off again Sunday, expect the scoring to be low and the yards of offense at a minimum.
The Bengals certainly will be out to improve upon their 206 yards of passing offense from the first contest, but don't be surprised if they have difficulty getting beyond that mark. Twice since that game the Browns have held opponents to less than 200 yards passing, and they haven't allowed a 300-yard passer all season. That doesn't necessarily mean the rushing game will open up, either. Cleveland hasn't given up more than 155 yards to a team on the ground this season. Four times, teams haven't even hit the 100-yard rushing mark.
As impressive as some of those numbers are, they shouldn't be the only ones you'll want to keep an eye on at Paul Brown Stadium this weekend. Here are a few others:
63: Percentage of teams since 1990 that start a season 6-4 and advance to the postseason. The Bengals enter Sunday's game 6-4.
7: Percentage of teams since 1990 that start a season 4-6 and advance to the postseason. The Browns enter Sunday's game 4-5.
29: Percentage of teams since 1990 that start a season 5-5 and advance to the postseason.
25.2: Points per game Cleveland's offense has put up in the five games either Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer has started at quarterback this season.
11.5: Points per game for Cleveland's offense in the four games, all losses, that Brandon Weeden has started this season.
37.7: Browns' third-down conversion percentage in games Campbell or Hoyer have started.
27.9: Browns' third-down conversion percentage in games Weeden has started.
4.5: Yards per play Cleveland's defense is allowing this season. That's the lowest average a defense has allowed this season.
32: Cleveland's rank on defensive red-zone efficiency. As good as the unit is for 80 yards, it hasn't been as successful from its own 20 and in. The Browns have a 68 percent defensive red-zone efficiency rating.
2002: Year the Browns last swept the Bengals in the the regular season. Cincinnati is hoping to keep that streak going.
2007: Year the Browns, until this year, last won two straight divisional games. The last time they won three straight was in 1994, back in the old AFC Central. That also was the last year the Browns were at .500 or better through the first 10 games of a season. They were 6-4 that season. A win Sunday would make them 5-5.
24.6: Points per game for the Bengals through their first eight games. They sported a 6-2 record at that time.
18.5: Points per game for the Bengals in their past two games, both overtime losses.
1.6: Turnovers per game for the Bengals through the first eight games.
3.5: Turnovers per game for the Bengals in the past two games.
9: If Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws three interceptions this week, he'll have thrown at least nine in his past three games. He also would become the first quarterback since Peyton Manning in 2010 to have three straight three-interception games.
15.1: Dalton's total QBR from the past two weeks, ranking him 32nd in the league during that span.
6: Interceptions Dalton has thrown in the past two games, the most in the league during that span.
72.7: Percentage of passes (48-for-66) Dalton has completed when he has 1.5 seconds or less to throw a pass, according to Pro Football Focus. His 66 passing attempts on such plays are the most in the league, PFF said. On those plays, Dalton also has 389 yards and three touchdowns.
10: Passes Dalton has had batted at the line of scrimmage, according to PFF. Those 10 tie for the league lead with Chad Henne.
89: Percentage of play-action passes Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer completed in the Week 4 matchup, according to PFF. He was 58.6 percent passing on his other throws. He has since been lost for the season with a torn ACL. Although Cleveland has only run 12 play-action plays since Campbell took over as quarterback, the Browns are 9-for-11 for 149 yards on those plays.
Information from ESPN's Stats & Info was used in this report. Follow on Twitter at @ESPNStatsInfo.