As has been the case the last four years, a promising Bengals season came crashing down earlier than fans hoped or expected it would. Questions on what could have been remain, for instance what starting quarterback, Andy Dalton could have done if he were in the lineup for the almost five games, including the playoff loss in the Wild Card round, that he missed do to a thumb fracture.
Still, the team and its players did a number of great things during the course of the year as a group and as individuals. Let's have a look at the list some of the bigger statistical achievements by the Bengals this year.
12: The number of franchise-tying regular season wins by the Bengals in 2015. The other two seasons the team finished 12-4 were the two Super Bowl seasons of 1981 and 1988.
13.5: The number of sacks defensive end Carlos Dunlap had in 2015, breaking the previously-held mark by Eddie Edwards. (Note: Coy Bacon had 22 sacks in 1976, but that was prior to sacks being counted as an official NFL stat.)
11: The number of sacks on the year by Geno Atkins, and rushing touchdowns by Jeremy Hill. The touchdown mark is the fourth-highest in team history by a running back, while Atkins' sack total was the sixth-best regular season total.
6: The amount of Bengals going to the Pro Bowl. Atkins, Dunlap, Reggie Nelson, Andrew Whitworth, Tyler Eifert and A.J. Green all will be playing in the game. Dunlap was a first alternate, but due to Jets' DE Muhammad Wilkerson's injury, Dunlap will be joining his teammates in Hawaii.
5: Amount of consecutive seasons A.J. Green has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards. The only other player to do this in NFL history was Randy Moss.
52: The number of regular season wins in the Andy Dalton era. It is the best five-year stretch in the regular season in franchise history.
13: Number of receiving touchdowns by Tyler Eifert, setting a team record for touchdown receptions for tight ends.
106.2: Andy Dalton's quarterback rating in 2015, the highest by a Bengals starting quarterback with significant starts. (Boomer Esiason had a 106.9 rating in 1997, but only started five games that season.)
8: The number of interceptions by Reggie Nelson, tied for tops in the NFL and the most by a Bengals safety.
These numbers might not take away the sting of the playoff loss to a hated rival, but it does point to the success the Bengals were able to achieve in 2015. Many of the players had phenomenal statistical outputs to help guide the Bengals to a 12-4 season and their fifth-straight trip to the playoffs.