On Saturday, we figured (well, tried to) what percentage of the time that the Bengals had the lead during the season. What we failed to factor in was the 6 minutes and 17 seconds played in overtime. With that included, it still remains around 12% of the time.
If you factor in the 60 minutes in which the Bengals never had the lead against the Steelers, that percentage drops to 10%.
Chick Ludwig of the Dayton Daily News had 10 less seconds on his piece referencing the same thing using Elias Sporting Bureau as his source. After rechecking my math -- aka, using Excel spreadsheet formulas -- I had given 10 extra seconds. Instead of 43:30, that should be 43:20.
However, the subtracted 10 seconds proves minor, and the percentage of the season in which the Bengals had the lead remains at 10%.
- I had to convert everything to seconds to get the percentage. The Bengals had the ball for 43:20, which translates to 2,600 seconds.
- Like above, I had to translate the time played this season. I took all seven games and converted them to seconds; translates to 25,200 seconds. Then you add the 377 seconds from the Bengals overtime loss to the Giants, that comes to 25,577 seconds played this season.
- Only games against the Giants, Browns and Jets apply. The other four games the Bengals never had the lead.