By The Numbers – A Winter Wonderland

Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd is 167 yards shy of 1,000, trying to become the sixth Bengal to hit the mark in multiple seasons.
Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd is 167 yards shy of 1,000, trying to become the sixth Bengal to hit the mark in multiple seasons.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and not only because the holiday season has arrived. 

December means every NFL game becomes a lot more important as the playoff races and the draft order become clearer week by week.

The next chapter of the Bengals-Patriots series takes place on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. It is a matchup between a team at the end of their championship window and one that is laying the foundation to build one for the future.

The Patriots lead the series 16-9, but the Bengals lead in games played in Cincinnati, 7-6. It's one of the many numerical nuances heading into Week 15.

  • 6-1 – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's career record against the Bengals.
  • 1-2 – Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's career record versus the Patriots.
  • 62 – December wins by Brady, most by a quarterback in NFL history.
  • 18 – December wins by Dalton.
  • 243 – Passing yards needed by Dalton to become just the eighth player in league history with 3,000 or more passing yards in eight of his first nine seasons.
  • 222.3 – Dalton's passing yards per game against the Patriots defense.
  • 264.8 – Yards per game allowed by the Patriots defense, No. 1 in the NFL.
  • 12.9 – Points allowed per game by the Patriots defense, No. 1 in the NFL.
  • 15.2 – Points per game by the Bengals offense, ranked No. 31 in the NFL.
  • 5 – Number of games the Patriots defense has allowed a 100-yard rusher.
  • 93.8 – Joe Mixon's rushing yards per game after the bye week.
  • 40.0 – Mixon's rushing yards per game before the Week 9 bye.
  • 44.1 – Red zone touchdown percentage by the Bengals defense, ranked No. 3 in the NFL.
  • 4-4 – Bengals' record against the Patriots in December games.
  • 167 – Yards wide receiver Tyler Boyd is shy of 1,000, trying to become the sixth Bengal to hit the mark in multiple seasons.
  • 29 – Consecutive games safety Jessie Bates III has played 91 percent or more of defensive snaps.
  • 9 – Current streak of consecutive 11-win seasons by the Patriots, tops in NFL history.
  • 20 – 11-win seasons by New England since the 1970 merger.
  • 26 – Patriots draft picks on their 2019 roster.
  • 31 – Bengals draft picks on their 2019 roster.

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