What were the six numbers (one for each point) that best conveyed the futility of the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night?
3. Tyler Eifert had three dropped passes. This was the first time in his career that he had more than one dropped pass in a game. Three also marked the number of sacks allowed by an offensive line that was allowing only 1.4 sacks per game this season.
21.8. The Houston Texans’ chance of winning, per our FPI metric, was 21.8 percent. That was the third-lowest chance to win by a winning team this season (the Rams upset of the Cardinals and the Buccaneers' win over the Falcons were bigger upsets, per FPI).
23. Andy Dalton converted a first down on 23 percent of third-down dropbacks (3-of-13).
Dalton previously had 13 games in his career with at least that many third-down dropbacks, and this was his lowest conversion rate.
31. Dalton completed 31 percent of his passes (4-of-13) on throws more than 10 yards downfield. Entering the day, Dalton had completed 55 percent of such throws this season, with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
81. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the Bengals are the first team with at least eight wins that was unbeaten and untied to not score a touchdown in a game since the 1934 Detroit Lions were shut out by the Green Bay Packers. That game took place nearly 81 years ago (Nov. 25, 1934).
131. Dalton entered the final drive of the game with 131 passing yards. He finished with 197 passing yards, his lowest yardage effort this season.