Three and out possessions can be one of the more frustrating non-turnover results by an offense. Usually assisted by a penalty (like a hold or false start), or a play that puts an offense behind schedule (no gain runs, incomplete passes), teams usually spend less than two minutes before turning the football back the opposing team. This disrupts a team's rhythm and confidence, but potentially benefits the opposition with quality field position.
Since Andy Dalton became the starting quarterback, the Cincinnati Bengals have strung together 396 possessions in two years. Of those possessions, 25.5 percent have ended in a three-and-out (note: We're following this up with our defensive numbers later today).
|Three and out possessions||48||53|
|Pct. of three and outs||24.6%||26.4%|
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||48||44||50||50|
|Pct. of three and outs||24.6%||23.7%||25.4%||25.8%|
We're still craving comparisons. The final two seasons with Carson Palmer and Bob Bratkowski.
|Three and out possessions||38||50|
|Pct. of three and outs||19.7%||27.5%|
And then the best offensive seasons with the Bengals in 2005 and 2006.
|Three and out possessions||34||42|
|Pct. of three and outs||19.0%||22.2%|