Stats & Info: Marvin Jones
October, 31, 2013
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesSince Week 6, Andy Dalton has the most passing touchdowns (11) and the second-highest Total QBR (89.2) in the NFL.
The Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins will kick off Week 9 on Thursday night. The teams are trending in opposite directions. Miami has dropped its past four games, while Cincinnati has won its past four contests.
1. Andy Dalton’s play has been key to the Bengals' recent surge. Dalton has thrown for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in three straight games.
He is the only quarterback in Bengals history to accomplish that within a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Dalton has completed 65.2 percent of his passes 15-plus yards downfield in his past four games, nearly double his rate in the first four games. The league-average completion percentage on those passes is 41 percent.
2. Helping fuel Dalton have been two surprise weapons, Marvin Jones and rookie Giovani Bernard.
Jones has caught all eight of his red zone targets for seven touchdowns this season. He is the only player in the league to catch all of his red zone targets (minimum of five targets).
Bernard has given the Bengals a receiving threat out of the backfield. Bernard has 26 receptions this season, including 14 during the winning streak.
No Bengals running back had caught more than 20 passes from Dalton in a season entering this year. Bernard is one of seven players this season to average 9.0 yards after the catch (minimum 20 receptions).
3. The Dolphins started off this season strong, going 3-0 for the first time since 2002. They have lost four straight games since, their longest losing streak since they lost their first seven games of the 2011 season.
In their past four games they have turned the ball over 10 times, the fourth-most by any team in the NFL. The Dolphins have converted only 30.9 percent of their third downs during this losing streak; before that they converted half of their third downs.
4. Ryan Tannehill has been sacked 32 times this season, most in the NFL. The more alarming stat is that opponents are doing this without bringing additional pressure.
Tannehill has been sacked on 10.2 percent of his dropbacks against four or fewer pass-rushers this season, the highest rate in the league. In the past two seasons, only the 49ers have more sacks (52) with such pressure than the Bengals (51).
5. There is some reason for Dolphins fans to be optimistic. Both of the Bengals' losses this season have come on the road. They are allowing almost 10 more points per game in road contests this season. The Bengals' defense has forced only two turnovers in four road games this season compared to 10 in four home games.
October, 29, 2013
By John McTigue | ESPN.com
Andy Dalton struggled to throw it deep in the first four games ...The Bengals are holding steady at No. 7 in the Week 9 ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings on the heels of a four game winning streak.
The Bengals have gotten strong defensive play the past few seasons, but this win streak has shown the offense may be catching up with the defense.
Andy Dalton has thrown for the third-most passing yards (1,246) and the second-most touchdowns (11) the last four weeks with the second-best Total QBR (83.4). Dalton has also thrown for 300 yards in each of his last three games, the longest streak of his career.
What has led to the improvement in the passing game?
Interestingly enough, Dalton has targeted A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham –- the only two skill position players to play with Dalton since his rookie season –- less frequently during the win streak. The duo has accounted for 38 percent of Dalton’s passes during the streak after accounting for over half of his attempts in the first four games.
Green and Gresham have done nothing to fall out of favor in Cincinnati. Despite fewer targets, Green has gained 100 yards in a career-high three straight games. Gresham has caught 72.3 percent of his targets this season, best among the Bengals’ wide receivers and tight ends.
The drop in targets for Green and Gresham is a result of an improved supporting cast.
But he's been much more effective of late.Marvin Jones
In the Bengals’ Week 8 victory over the Jets, Marvin Jones caught four touchdown passes, doubling his career total.
Jones now has seven touchdowns this season (six during the win streak), all of which have come in the red zone. Only Wes Welker (eight) has more red zone touchdown receptions.
Jones has caught all eight of his red zone targets this season, the most targets without an incompletion on such passes. Dalton has completed 11-of-24 passes to all other Bengals inside the red zone with three touchdowns and an interception.
Rookie Giovani Bernard has given the Bengals something they’ve never had under Dalton -- a receiving threat out of the backfield.
Bernard has 26 receptions this season, including 14 during the winning streak. No Bengals running back had caught more than 20 passes from Dalton in a season entering this year.
The real value comes from what Bernard does on those receptions. Bernard is one of seven players this season to average 9.0 yards after the catch (min. 20 receptions).
Entering this season Gresham was the only receiving threat the Bengals had at tight end. Gresham had 120 receptions and 1,333 yards in Dalton’s first two seasons, with the rest of the Bengals’ tight ends combining for 24 receptions and 260 yards.
Rookie Tyler Eifert already has 24 receptions and 293 yards this season, which not only bests the “other” Bengals’ tight ends in the Dalton era, but is right on pace with Gresham (30 receptions, 288 yards).