With the offensive numbers in the books, we take a look at how many three and out possessions that the Cincinnati Bengals defense has forced on the opposing offense. Since Mike Zimmer has taken over as the team's defensive coordinator, Cincinnati's defense has forced a three and out on the opposing offense nearly a quarter of the time (24.9 percent) -- nearly a ten percent improvement compared to the three-year era under former defensive coordinator Chuck Breshnahan.
|Three and out possessions||46||61|
|Pct. of three and outs||23.9%||30.5%|
Since we have nothing to compare that against, we take a look at how division opponents did in 2012 (with the Bengals).
|Three and out possessions||46||46||56||47|
|Pct. of three and outs||23.9%||25.0%||29.0%||23.6%|
And the rest of the Mike Zimmer era.
|Three and out possessions||44||44||41|
|Pct. of three and outs||23.8%||23.8%||22.0%|
The Chuck Bresnahan era (the defensive coordinator prior to Mike Zimmer):
|Three and out possessions||31||37||20|
|Pct. of three and outs||17.0%||19.8%||11%|