Cincinnati Bengals Upset Buffalo Bills: The Numbers Behind the Upset

Tom BrewerCorrespondent IIOctober 2, 2011

Cincinnati Bengals Upset Buffalo Bills: The Numbers Behind the Upset

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    The Cincinnati Bengals upset the previously unbeaten Buffalo Bills on Sunday, 23-20, ending the Bills' undefeated 2011 NFL campaign. 

    The Bengals trailed most of the afternoon but pulled off a fourth quarter comeback in dramatic fashion. After an emotional and joyous afternoon for Bengals fans, let’s take a look at the numbers behind the upset.

3 Total Penalties

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    The Bengals committed only three penalties on Sunday. This lack of mental errors helped keep the Bengals in the game as they did not give up much hidden yardage.

    The young team will have to commit to heady, mistake-free play if they wish to capitalize on this momentum in future games.

8 Bills Punts

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    The Bengals defense forced the highly-touted Buffalo offense to punt the ball eight times Sunday afternoon.

    The Bills were averaging over 37 points per game coming into the game against the Bengals, but Cincinnati held tough.

58 Receiving Yards for Stevie Johnson

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    The Bengals secondary held Buffalo’s big-play receiver Stevie Johnson to a pedestrian 58 yards, his lowest output this season.

    More importantly, Cincinnati kept Johnson out of the end zone for the first time this season.

104 Rushing Yards for Cedric Benson

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    Running back Cedric Benson ran for 104 yards against the Bills.

    The commitment to the ground game is vital to the Bengals' success every Sunday, as the team is 11-1 when Benson reaches the century mark.

118 Receiving Yards for A.J. Green

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    Rookie wide receiver A.J. Green had 118 receiving yards against Buffalo, including a long grab of 58 yards.

    He gives the Bengals a deep threat that defensive backfields will struggle to cover.

298 Passing Yards for Andy Dalton

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    Andy Dalton finished the afternoon with 298 passing yards, nearly 100 more yards than his counterpart, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    Dalton threw for over 300 yards against the Denver Broncos. We will see if the Bengals continue to open up the playbook and allow Dalton to rack up passing yards.

43 Yard Game Winning Field Goal

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    Kicker Mike Nugent kicked the game-winning field goal from 43 yards out.

    Nugent has plenty of leg and the Bengals will need him to keep them in games and, like Sunday, win them.

2 Wins Through the First 4 Games

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    The Cincinnati Bengals have won two of their first four games this season.

    While all Bengals fans would love to be a perfect 4-0, with all the new faces and rookies playing for the Bengals, 2-2 is decent start for the young team.