Making History and Breaking Streaks, 10 Stats To Know From the Bengals’ Week 3 Win

The Bengals' defense helped the team win the kind of game it rarely does to avoid the disaster of an 0-3 start.

The Cincinnati Bengals honored their past and saved their future Monday night with a 19-16 victory against the Los Angeles Rams to avoid falling in a 0-3 hole, and to improve to 3-0 in Ring of Honor games.

Joe Burrow gutted it out through a calf injury, wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase came within one catch of tying the franchise record, the defense was dominant and kicker Evan McPherson had one of his best games as a pro.

Here are 10 notable stats coming out of yet another victorious Ring of Honor game:

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10 Stats To Know From the Bengals’ Week 3 Win

1. The Bengals have won six consecutive home night games in the regular season and playoffs dating back to Marvin Lewis’ final season. That means Zac Taylor has never lost a home night game (kickoff time of 6:30 p.m. ET or later).

Not only are the six consecutive wins a franchise record for a team that typically has struggled in prime time, but it is also the longest active streak in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers each have won five in a row.

2. Prior to Monday night, the Bengals had been 1-26 in regular season games during the Zac Taylor era when scoring fewer than 20 points. The only other win was a 15-10 triumph at Denver in Week 15, 2021.

3. Defensive end Trey Hendrickson took full advantage of the Rams losing starting left tackle Alaric Jackson to a second-quarter knee injury, recording two sacks on a career-high 10 pressures while having another sack wiped out by a questionable Sam Hubbard facemask penalty.

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Hendrickson’s previous high in pressures was eight in the Week 16 home game against Baltimore in 2021. It was his 11th career multi-sack game and sixth as a member of the Bengals.

4. Lou Anarumo’s defense recorded six sacks against the Rams, tied for the most since he came to Cincinnati in 2019. The only other six-sack game was the 2019 season finale against the Cleveland Browns which kept the Bengals from setting a franchise record for most losses in a season.

5. Monday marked the sixth game of Burrow’s career in which he failed to throw a touchdown pass, and it was the first in which the team won. A big reason for that was what Anarumo and the defense were able to do. It also marked the fifth time in Bengals history a quarterback has attempted at least 49 passes in a game without throwing a touchdown.

The previous four all resulted in losses. Andy Dalton had 53 in a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami in 2013. Boomer Esiason had 53 in a 30-16 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1987. Carson Palmer attempted 52 in a 23-9 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2004. And Ken Anderson threw 49 in a 20-17 loss at Denver in 1984.

6. Logan Wilson’s two interceptions have him one shy of the league lead shared by former teammate Jessie Bates III in Atlanta and the New York Jets’ Jordan Whitehead.

Wilson’s nine interceptions since he entered the league are by far the most among all linebackers since the start of 2020. Buffalo’s Matt Milano has six, and no other linebacker has more than five.

7. Evan McPherson missed a 56-yard field goal on the game’s opening drive before making kicks of 54, 53, 49 and 48 yards. The 204 field goal yards were one shy of his career high, which he set in Week 11 of 2021 at Las Vegas when he went 4-for-4. It was McPherson’s third career game with multiple field goals of 50 or more yards.

McPherson has 16 field goals of 50+ yards in just over two seasons, doubling the previous franchise record of eight shared by Doug Pelfrey and Mike Nugent. McPherson is 16 of 20 for his career on kicks of 50+ yards, and his .800 success rate is the fourth highest since at least 1991, trailing Daniel Carlson (.828), Chase McLaughlin (.818), and Chris Boswell (.818). Justin Tucker, whom some argue is the best kicker in history, is 58 of 83 from beyond 50 (.699).

8. Ja’Marr Chase’s 12 receptions were one shy of the Bengals record of 13 set by Carl Pickens in a 204-yard game against the Steelers in 1998. Chase’s 22 receptions this season are tied for ninth in the league, and his seven third-down catches resulting in first downs are tied with Las Vegas’ Davante Adams for second, two behind Carolina’s Adam Thielen’s league-leading 11.

9. Tee Higgins seemed to have at least a handful of passes go off his hands, but officially he was charged with two drops, which still is a significant number given that he only had four drops all of the last season. The last time Higgins had more than one drop in a game was Week 5 of 2021 in an overtime loss to Green Bay. Higgins finished with just two catches on eight targets for 21 yards.

10. Charlie Jones probably is going to be among the league leaders in punt return average for a while by virtue of his 81-yard touchdown in Week 2. But nights like Monday will keep him in the running for the top spot. Jones had four returns for 45 yards, an 11.3-yard average.

Last year’s league leader, New England’s Marcus Jones, averaged 12.5 on the season. Charlie Jones currently is tied with Philadelphia’s Britain Covey for second with an 18.8-yard average. New Orleans’ Rashid Shaheed leads the way at 24.5. Jones also recorded his first career catch Monday night.

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