Numbers Watch: Colts at Bengals

December, 7, 2013
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CINCINNATI -- The temperature will be among the many numbers to monitor this weekend when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Indianapolis Colts in a key AFC showdown.

Weather forecasts all week have indicated to expect temperatures to stay in the 20s Sunday while snow or some other form of frozen precipitation falls upon the city. That combination could make for horrendous playing conditions for the Bengals and Colts.


Since the chill and the elements that likely will come along with it are anticipated to be a factor, look for the Bengals to do exactly what they did last week at San Diego: Run. With the team facing the league's 29th-ranked rushing defense, there are multiple reasons for the Bengals to hand the ball often to BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard.

Will Cincinnati eclipse the 164 rushing yards it had last week? We'll see. Here are a few other numbers you'll want to be aware of entering the game:

3: The AFC's No. 3 seed is up for grabs in this contest. A Cincinnati win would give the Bengals the 3-seed the Colts currently hold. An Indianapolis win would allow it to retain that position.

7,167: Yards Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has thrown for so far in his two-year career. If he throws for just 128 yards Sunday, he will move into third place on the all-time passing list for players through their first two seasons. Cam Newton's 7,920 in the 2011-12 seasons heads that list. Next is Peyton Manning, and Dan Marino ranks third for the moment.

7,067: Yards Bengals third-year quarterback Andy Dalton had after his first two seasons. He ranks fifth on the aforementioned list, just behind Luck.

62.8: Luck's completion percentage in the first seven games of the season when facing five or more pass rushers.

68.4: Percentage of Luck's passes when facing five or more rushers that went to receiver Reggie Wayne. The veteran wideout appeared in only seven games before suffering a knee injury.

36.5: Luck's completion percentage when facing five or more pass rushers in the five games since Wayne was injured.

7.1: Yards per passing attempt Luck had when facing pressure from five or more rushers through the first seven games.

4.3: Yards per passing attempt Luck has had the last five games when facing pressure from five or more rushers.

71.3: Luck's total QBR in the first seven games when facing five or more pass rushers.

31.2: Luck's total QBR in the last five games when facing five or more pass rushers.

2: Points Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri needs in order to reach eighth on the NFL's all-time scoring list. At 1,968, he's only 15 shy of Jason Elam for seventh place.

5: Number of home wins for the Bengals entering this game. They are 5-0.

2: Number of times the Bengals, not including labor-shortened seasons, have posted an undefeated regular season record at home. They went 7-0 in 1973 and 8-0 in 1988; the last year they went to the Super Bowl.

11.6: Points per game the Bengals have created off turnovers at home this year. That figure is the most in the NFL, with the Cowboys second at 10.3.

.376: The Bengals' winning percentage through the first 22 of the last 25 seasons.

.614: The Bengals' winning percentage in the last three seasons.

3: Winning seasons for the Bengals through the first 22 of the last 25 seasons.

3: Winning seasons the Bengals will have in the last three years if they beat or tie the Colts.

66: Yards Bengals receiver A.J. Green needs to pass Jerry Rice for third place on the all-time list of most receiving yards through a player's first three seasons. Green currently has 3,510 career yards. Second on the list is Torry Holt, who had 3,786 through his first three years. That mark is well within Green's reach, too.

9: Times Dalton has been intercepted while targeting Green this season. That's the most for any NFL quarterback targeting a particular receiver. Dalton has thrown 16 total interceptions this year. Through their first two seasons together, Dalton threw nine interceptions combined while targeting Green.

Information from ESPN Stats & Info was used in this report. Follow on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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