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Numbers game marks the spot


Leon Hall has racked up some big numbers as he heads into his ninth season.

From 1 to slightly more than 1,000 in a numbers game gone wild as we offer Bengaldom a rash of digits to peruse for the upcoming season. Andy Dalton eyes Johnny Unitas, A.J. Green chases down Isaac Curtis, Leon Hall tries to jump over Leapin' Lemar Parrish, and Domata Peko and Andrew Whitworth close in on the ironmen.

1 - AFC North is lone division with three teams winning at least 54 games since '09. Baltimore at 61, Pittsburgh at 60 and the Bengals at 54.

1 - 100-yard games wide receiver A.J. Green needs to pass Isaac Curtis into second on the Bengals all-time list with 21, trailing Chad Johnson's 31.

2 - Interceptions cornerback Leon Hall needs to pass Lemar Parrish (25) into fourth on the Bengals' all-time list behind the Who Dey trinity of Ken Riley(65), Louis Breeden (33) and David Fulcher (31).


Jeremy Hill is looking to dance past the Ickster.

2 - 100-yard rushing games running back Jeremy Hill needs to pass Ickey Woods (5).

3 - Sacks needed byGeno Atkins to pass another 1988 folk hero, Tim Krumrie, for most sacks by a Bengals defensive lineman. Krumrie's 34.5 from 1983-94 in 188 games are fifth on the club's all-time list.

3 - TD catches Green needs to passCoach T.J. Houshmandzadeh (37) into fifth on the Bengals all-time list

5 - Victories Bengals head coachMarvin Lewis needs to pass Marty Schottenheimer's total in Kansas City andTom Coughlin's in New York (104). Schottenheimer and Lewis share the same birthday (Sept. 23) in neighboring Pennsylvania towns. Lewis hosts Coughlin and the Giants for training camp practices in early August.

5 - Road wins Dalton needs this season to get the most victories by a visiting away QB in his first five seasons in the NFL since the 1970 merger, according to Elias. Dan Marino, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Ryan are all tied with 23.

6 - QBs who have started in the Bengals' 0-10 franchise-long streak in Oakland. Andy Dalton gets his shot in the Sept. 13 opener. (Dewey Warren, 1968; Greg Cook,  1969; Ken Anderson, 1971, '74, '75, '76, '80; Neil O'Donnell, 1998; Jon Kitna 2003; Carson Palmer 2009)

7 - TD catchesGreen needs to passEddie Brown (41) into fourth place on the Bengals all-time list.

7 - VictoriesDalton needs to pass Palmer (46) on the Bengals' all-time quarterback wins list behind Anderson (91) and Boomer Esiason (62).


Carlos Dunlap is stalking Justin Smith in Jungle lore.

7.5 - Sacks needed by defensive end Carlos Dunlap to pass Justin Smith into fourth place on the Bengals all-time sack list with 44. Eddie Edwards, who played 170 games from 1977-88, is the leader with 83.5.

9 - VictoriesDalton needs to pass Tom Brady andDan Marino on the list of most wins by a NFL QB in his first five seasons as compiled by Elias. Brady and Marino are tied in fourth place with 48.

11 - TD passes Dalton needs to pass Johnny Unitas andMatthew Stafford into fifth place on the list of NFL QBs who have thrown the most TD passes in their first five seasons, as compiled by Elias.  With 99, Dalton also has Jeff Garcia (113) and Matt Ryan (127) in his sights.

12 - Victories Lewis needs to tieJohn Madden's total in Oakland and Mike Ditka's total in Chicago (112).

16 - Games needed by left tackleAndrew Whitworth for 152 in his career, most by a Bengals offensive player who has played all his games in the 21st century, one ahead of wide receiver Chad Johnson.

16 - Games needed by defensive tackleDomata Peko for 155 in his career, the most by a Bengal who has played all of his games in the 21st century.

16 - Consecutive starts needed by Dalton, now with 64, to reach 80 straight, extending his club record for quarterbacks once held by Esiason with 61 straight starts from 1985-89. Third on the list is Blake with 52 (1994-97) and then Palmer with 51 (2005-2008).


Marvin Lewis is in rare company.

25 - NFL coaches who have won at least 100 games with the same team counting the regular season and postseason. With an overall record of 100-96-2, Lewis reached the century mark back on Dec. 22 when his club qualified for the postseason in a Monday Night victory over Denver.

29 - TD passesDalton needs to give him the third most TD passes of any QB in his first five seasons in the NFL, a list topped by Marino (168) and Peyton Manning (138), according to Elias.

35 - Consecutive games Dalton needs to break Esiason's club record for quarterbacks playing in 98 straight games (1985-91).

40 - Bengals' wins since 2011, most in the AFC North as one of three AFC teams with at least 40 victories in the last four seasons. (New England and Denver).

41 - Points kickerMike Nugent needs to pass Horst Muhlmann (549) into fourth place on the Bengals all-time scoring list.

43 - Wins by Seattle in the last four years as Seahawks play at Paul Brown Stadium this year (Oct. 11) for the first time since 2003.

54 - How tough is the AFC North again? Baltimore's Joe Flacco (54) and Pittsburgh'sBen Roethlisberger (51) are 2-3 on that list of most wins by a QB in his first five seasons, headed by Ryan's 56 as computed by Elias.

88 - Catches Green needs to pass Curtis (416) into fifth place on Bengals all-time list.

89 _ Catches Green needs to pass Cris Collinsworth (417) into fourth on Bengals all-time list

96 - Consecutive game streak for Peko if he plays all 16 games in 2015, second most of any defensive player who has played all his Bengals games in the 21st century. Right end Justin Smith is first with 111.


There is a Red Alert out for some big names as Andy Dalton looks to climb some lists in the NFL and Bengals record books.

377 - Passing yards Dalton needs to pass Blake (15,134) and move into fourth on the Bengals all-time list behind Anderson, Esiason, and Palmer.

1,136 - YardsHill needs to pass Corey Dillon in first two NFL seasons (2,259).

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