Bengals / short passing game
Posted Jul. 04 at 03:30 AM
How much did the Bengals miss Carson Palmer last year?
The team averaged 91 fewer passing yards per game and finished with 15 fewer touchdown passes.
Fill-in Ryan Fitzpatrick just didn’t have the same kind of ability to throw downfield. Consider the average yards-per-catch of the team’s wide receivers. In 2007, Cincinnati’s wide receivers averaged 12.3 yards per catch. Last year, with Palmer out, the wide receivers dipped down to only 9.8 yards per reception.
That mark of 9.8 yards is the lowest by any team in the last 10 years. It’s also a full yard lower than all but two of the other 316 teams in that time period.
Lowest yards per catch for wide receivers, 1999-2008
Avg Year Team
9.8 2008 Cincinnati
10.5 2000 Chicago
10.5 2006 Houston
10.8 2005 Houston
10.9 2002 New England
11.1 2001 Chicago
11.1 1999 Pittsburgh
11.4 2003 Detroit
11.4 1999 Tampa Bay
11.5 2004 Washington
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