It’s Browns vs Bengals in primetime tonight on The NFL Network. Here are some stats about tonight’s rivalry:
This is the first time since 1986, you are not reading that wrong, 1986, that the Ohio rivals will face each other this deep into the season with both teams above .500.
Brian Hoyer is ranked #1 in the NFL for accuracy when going over 20 plus yards down the field. He has had 36 attempts with 20 completions for 675 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT for a 58.3% accuracy rate.
Andy Dalton is ranked #21 with 29 attempts for 10 completions, 377 yards, 4TDs, 2 INTs and an accuracy rate of 37.9%
Brian Hoyer is 6th in the NFL with an interception percentage of 1.6 while Andy Dalton’s percentage is 2.4 for a rank of 17th.
Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin is 2nd in the NFL with a 55.6 catch percentage on passes of 20 plus yards followed closely by Cincinnati’s Mohamed Sanu with at 54.5 catch percentage.
The importance of the Offensive Line:
Cincinnati has two of the top five offensive tackles with Andrew Whitworth at #1 and Andre Smith at #4. While Cleveland has #2 with Pro Bowler Joe Thomas. Whitworth is one of only two who have yet to allow a sack.
Browns are ranked # 4 in offensive turnover percentage at 6.3%, while the Bengals are ranked #8 at 9.4%. Since 2009 76% of teams that have finished the year in the top 10 turnover percentage have made the playoffs.
The Cleveland Browns have the league’s interception leader with Tashaun Gipson, he has 11 INTs. He is intercepting every 4.45 passes thrown his direction.
The Cincinnati Bengals George IIoka and Reggie Nelson each have 4 INTs.
The Browns have went from 4.4 yards per rush attempt to just 2.5 yards per attempt after losing center Alex Mack.
No matter who you’re rooting for, it looks like we should be in for a good game!