Saturday, September 21, 2013
Numbers watch: Packers at Bengals
By Coley Harvey
By the end of the day Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals hope the most important number they see next to their name on the box score is the numeral "2" -- as in two wins.
But that isn't the only number they'll want to see. There are other benchmarks they would like to hit in the passing, rushing and defensive statistical categories to let them know their game plan for the Green Bay Packers went just they way they'd hoped.
As you make your final preparations for the 1 p.m. kickoff, take a look at the following numbers that could have some bearing on how Sunday's contest goes:
16: Games since the Bengals allowed a quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards in a game. Cleveland's Brandon Weeden was the last, passing for 322 yards against them in Week 2 last season.
304: Combined passes in the red zone for Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers since Dalton entered the league in 2011.
36: Number of career red-zone touchdown passes for Dalton.
0: Number of career red-zone interceptions thrown by Dalton.
5: Consecutive games in which Rodgers has thrown three or more touchdown passes, tying a franchise mark Rodgers achieved two years ago.
5,481: Days since the Packers last beat the Bengals. Green Bay's win came on Sept. 20, 1998. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that's the longest current drought for the Packers against any NFL team, if playoff matchups are included. The Packers haven't beaten Pittsburgh in the regular season since 1995, but beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 season.
610: Yards gained by Green Bay's wide receivers this season, leading the NFL.
19.64: Average yards per completion for Rodgers when he has been blitzed this season. Entering Week 3, that figure led all NFL quarterbacks.
25: Number of times Rodgers has been blitzed this season. He has been sacked twice after the blitzes.
25: Percentage of times Rodgers has been sacked or put under duress on his first-quarter dropbacks this season.
15: Percentage of times Rodgers has been pressured on dropbacks following the first quarter. Realizing he can be successful against their blitz, opponents have scaled back their early blitz plans.
0: Number of penalties the Packers have committed on defense. They are the only team that hasn't committed a defensive penalty.
101.2: Receiving yards per game for the Bengals' A.J. Green in road games during his career.
58.3: Receiving yards per game for Green in home games during his career.
2.48: Average number of seconds that Dalton stays in the pocket before either passing the ball or taking a sack, the lowest in the NFL over the past three seasons. Denver's Peyton Manning and New England's Tom Brady are next on the list, taking 2.49 seconds to get rid of the ball.
52.2: Percentage of three-and-outs the Bengals' defense has forced this season. Only Houston (64 percent) has been more efficient at getting opposing offenses off the field.
11: Percentage of sacks Dalton took in 2012 when facing a rush of five or more defenders.
4: Percentage of sacks Dalton has taken in 2013 when facing a rush of five or more defenders.
9.7: Average distance of throws attempted by Dalton when facing five or more pass rushers in 2012.
6.5: Average distance of throws attempted by Dalton when facing five or more pass rushers in 2013.
32.6: Dalton's QBR when facing five or more rushers in 2012.
84.5: Dalton's QBR when facing five or more rushers in 2013.
11.1: Yards the Bengals are averaging per pass when Giovani Bernard is on the field.