Numbers Game: While Joe Burrow Hopes To Cook Up A Repeat, A.J. Green And Joe Mixon Look For A Reunion

Joe Burrow hopes to point to a win like Greg Cook did.
Joe Burrow hopes to point to a win like Greg Cook did.
  • 51 - Years since last time a Bengals rookie quarterback started an NFL opener at home (Greg Cook)
  • 9 - Quarterbacks who won their first Bengals starts (John Stofa, Greg Cook, John Reaves, Boomer Esiason, Dave Walter, Akili Smith, Jon Kitna, Andy Dalton, AJ McCarron)
  • 2-3 - Record of Bengals' first-round QBs in their debuts
  • 0-5-1 - Record of quarterbacks selected No. 1 overall who started as a rookie on Opening Day since 2003
  • 4-18-1 - Record in first starts for rookie quarterbacks drafted No. 1 overall in the Super Bowl era
  • 2-2 - Paul Brown Stadium record of rookie overall No. 1 quarterbacks (Bengals beat Eli Manning in 2004 and Matthew Stafford in 2009 and lost to Baker Mayfield in 2018 and Kyler Murray in 2019)
  • 88.4 - Cook's passer rating in debut, 27-21 win over Miami in 1969 opener
  • 25,335 - Attendance at that Nippert Stadium game
  • 102.4 - Andy Dalton's passer rating in debut before missing second half with wrist injury in 27-17 victory in Cleveland
  • 105.2 - Carson Palmer's passer rating in his debut in 2004 opener, 31-24 loss to the Jets in New York
  • 6-6 - Ken Anderson's Opening Day record
  • 5-2 - Boomer Esiason's Bengals Opening Day record
  • 3-4 - Carson Palmer's Bengals Opening Day record
  • 5-4 - Andy Dalton's Opening Day record
  • 5-0 - Bengals record when RB Joe Mixon carries at least 20 times with WR A.J. Green in the lineup
  • 121 - Yards rushing Bengals RB Cedric Benson had in Dalton's 2011 debut and last time Bengals had 100-yard rusher on Opening Day
  • 123 - Yards rushing Bengals RB Giovani Bernard had vs. Chargers in 2015, last time Bengals had 100-yard rusher in September
  • 102 - Yards receiving Green averages in openers
  • 89 - Yards receiving Chargers WR Keenan Allen averages in openers
  • 80.2 - Yards receiving Green averages per game
  • 74.5 - Yards receiving Allen averages per game
  • 4 - TD catches Green needs to pass leader Chad Johnson on all-time Bengals list
  • 8 - TDs Green needs to pass leader Pete Johnson all-time Bengals list
  • 3 - Catches Bernard needs to pass leader James Brooks on all-time Bengals list for a running back
  • 2.5 - Sacks Bengals LE Carlos Dunlap needs to pass leader Eddie Edwards on the all-time Bengals list

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