Cincinnati Bengals factoid: Yards differential per game - ESPN
The number four represents the Cincinnati Bengals' rank in yards differential per game last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. At an average plus-63 margin, the Bengals gained more yards per game offensively than they gave up per game defensively. Only three other teams had higher average yard differentials: Denver, New Orleans and Seattle.
The Bengals have improved their record each of Dalton's three seasons leading the offense, going from a surprise 9-7 his rookie season of 2011 to 10-6 in 2012 and then last season's 11-5 mark with a division championship on top of it. He's been a big reason why they've improved. They've also lost in the first round of the playoffs each of those seasons. Dalton has completed less than 57 percent of his passes in the postseason and thrown just one touchdown pass compared to six interceptions. He turned the ball over on three straight possessions of last January's loss to the Chargers as the Bengals were shut out in the second half after leading 10-7 at halftime.
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