Eye-popping Pats stat against top-10 defenses

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Eye-popping Pats stat against top-10 defenses

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

You think this is a busy week for me? You're right. But it's not so busy I can't get in an extended e-mail argument with a guy about whether or not the Patriots beat the Jets by six touchdowns (his contention) or seven (mine) back in Week 13. I said on the television - I believe it was the Mike Felger Variety Hour on Sunday night - that the Patriots beat the Jets by seven. This sent your boy Dennis racing to his keyboard.
From: Dennis
To: Curran, Tom
Subject: 7 Touchdowns? The Patriots beat the Jets 45 to 3. That is a 42-point win. Forty-two points is 6 touchdowns and 6 points after. Seven touchdowns would be 49 points. The Jets are big mouth morons and losers, but you need to improve you math skills. Dennis

From: Curran, Tom
To: Dennis
Subject: 7 Touchdowns? Dennis,

What's 7x6? 42, right? How many points for a touchdown? 6, right? What's your point?

Tom
From: Dennis
To: Curran, Tom
Subject: 7 Touchdowns?
My point is that they also kicked 6 points after touchdown. That would make if 6 touchdowns for 36 points and 6 PATs for 42 points. That is 6 X 6 = 36, then 36 6 PATs = 42.

From: Curran, Tom
To: Dennis
Subject: 7 Touchdowns?
Dennis,
How many points for a touchdown, 6 or 7? I swear it's 6. The point-after thing you're talking about? It's a different play.Or we could assume 2-point conversions and call it 48 . . .

I will keep you updated on how this progresses. Meanwhile, check out this stat unearthedby the Patriots media relations department (they do yeoman's work). The Patriots have played an opponent with a top 10 scoring defense (fewest points allowed per game) seven times in 2010 and are 6-1 in those games. The Patriots are averaging 30.1 points per game when playing a defense ranked among the top 10 stingiest in terms of allowing points. While the Patriots are averaging 30.1 points per game against those teams, the rest of the NFL is averaging 16.4 points per game. Steelers (1) 14.5 PPG. Patriots scored 39. Avg allowed in other games: 12.9 Packers (2) 15 PPG. Patriots scored 31. Avg allowed in other games: 13.9 Baltimore (3) 16.9 PPG. Patriots scored 23. Avg allowed in other games: 16.5 Chicago (4) 17.9 PPG. Patriots scored 36. Avg allowed in other games: 16.7 N.Y. Jets (6) 19 PPG. Patriots scored 14 (Game 1). Average allowed in other games: 17.5

N.Y. Jets (6) 19 PPG. Patriots scored 45 (Game 2). Avg allowed in other games: 17.5 Chargers(10) 20.1 PPG. Patriots scored 23. Average allowed in other games: 19.9 Now, back to check my inbox to debate Dennis some more.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Green has big game as Bengals dominate Dolphins 22-7

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Green has big game as Bengals dominate Dolphins 22-7

CINCINNATI -- For most of the game, A.J. Green piled up more yards than the entire Miami Dolphins offense in a virtuoso performance. As an encore, he thrilled the crowd by juggling some Florida citrus.

The Bengals receiver followed his disappointing game with a dominating one - 173 yards and a touchdown - and a Cincinnati defense that was inspired by Vontaze Burfict's return clamped down on the Dolphins for a 22-7 victory Thursday night.

The Bengals (2-2) rebounded from a 29-17 home loss to Denver on Sunday with a solid all-around game against a depleted team.

Green led the way, beating the Dolphins (1-3) on every type of route . He was upset with himself after he dropped a pivotal third-down pass and failed to make an impact against the Broncos.

"I hold myself to a very high standard," said Green, who had 10 catches. "I know what I'm capable of. Last week I didn't perform to that level. I had to refocus on a short week."

During the first three quarters, Green had 166 yards on catches while Miami had 152 total yards. The Bengals' season-long problem of stalling out near the goal line forced them to settle for Mike Nugent's season-high five field goals.

Afterward, Green and Andy Dalton appeared on the postgame show, and the receiver entertained the dozens of Bengals fans who stayed around by smoothly juggling three oranges at the interview desk.

"Any time he was one-on-one, he was able to make the play," Dalton said.

The Dolphins were missing four starting offensive linemen, two linebackers, running back Arian Foster and tight end Jordan Cameron. They had one big play - Ryan Tannehill threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills - but couldn't do anything else on offense.

"We've got to get it fixed and quick, and by that I mean Monday," Tannehill said. "We're kind of in a dark spot right now. It's squarely on our shoulders."

The Bengals' defense expected to get a lift from Burfict's return. The volatile linebacker was suspended by the NFL for the first three games because of his illegal hits. He got a loud ovation when he ran onto the field during introductions wearing a baseball cap. Burfict knocked down a pass and had three tackles.

"He's amazing," end Carlos Dunlap said. "Did you see the plays he made? Those aren't plays you can coach. He came off his couch and played great. It's good to have him back."

Mostly, it was Green's show. He caught a 51-yard pass off Dalton's scramble in the first half, and had a 43-yard catch that set up another field goal in the third quarter for a 19-7 lead.

REMEMBERING FERNANDEZ

A large fan banner in the upper deck at Paul Brown Stadium honored Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died with two friends in a boat crash early Sunday near Miami Beach. The banner read: "Jose 16 Heaven's Bright."

STILL CAN'T RUN

The Bengals rushed for 77 yards and only a 2.1-yard average against the second-worst run defense in the league, one missing two starting linebackers.

SLOPPY DOLPHINS

Miami had seven penalties for 68 yards. The most egregious was by Terrence Fede, who pushed Kevin Huber to the ground after he punted in the third quarter. The penalty gave Cincinnati the ball, and the Bengals got a field goal out of it.

INJURIES

Dolphins: LT Branden Albert and C Anthony Steen were inactive with sprained ankles. Also missing were LBs Koa Misi (neck) and Jelani Jenkins (groin). C Mike Pouncey has missed all four games with a hip injury.

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert was inactive again, contributing to the Bengals' trouble close to the goal line. He's recovering from offseason ankle surgery and returned to practice on a limited basis last week. CB Dre Kirkpatrick was inactive with a hamstring injury suffered Sunday. G Clint Boling sat out most of the fourth quarter with an injured left shoulder.

ANTHEM STATEMENTS

Stills and Dolphins safety Michael Thomas knelt with their hands over their hearts during the anthem.

FANTASY IMPACT

Tannehill was 15 of 25 for 189 yards with a touchdown, an interception, a fumble and five sacks. Dalton was 22 of 31 for 296 yards with a touchdown and a sack.

UP NEXT

The Dolphins begin a stretch of four straight home games against Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the New York Jets.

The Bengals have a tough two-game stretch, playing Dallas and New England on the road. They're 1-5 in Dallas, dropping their last three. They've dropped their last six at New England, last winning in 1986.