This being Steelers Week II, we select another team that's off the Bengals season schedule. WCB and Falc requested the Panthers, so here we have yet another cat that can't hunt. You already know by now who comes out worse. See below.
Bengals and Panthers Stats
- The Panthers franchise commenced in 1995, so we have another 15-year versus 20-year comparison. (The last 20 years covering Mike Brown's reign in Cincinnati.) And in five fewer years the Panthers had more 100% in-the-hunt seasons, 3 v. 2.
- Over the life of the Panthers franchise, they have managed to be "in the hunt" an average of 50% of the time. Compare to the Bengals average of 35% over the same span. (All percentages are adjusted.) Jerry Richardson beats Mike brown. Shocking.
- Over the past 10 years, the Panthers were slightly better, 52% v. 48%.
- We saw last week that the Lions, bad as they often were, gave their fans nine seasons where they lingered in the hunt for 10 weeks or more. That was over the last 20 years. The Panthers managed roughly the same "success" rate by producing seven such season in 15 years. As we pointed out last week, the Bengals gave us four in 20.
Overview of "In the Hunt" Futility Stats
- Each week we parallel the regular season and compare the Bengals one-on-one to the current 2011 opponent. The exceptions are the bye week and the rematch weeks against divisional foes when we pick other teams to benchmark.
- Weeks "in the hunt for a winning season" serves as a rough proxy for playoff contention. And thus for fans' hopes and happiness. We ultimately want a championship, right?
- To be in the hunt, a team can be no more than one game below .500 with no more than seven losses.
- During the season, a team can fall out of the hunt and then climb back in.
- An example running won-loss record for five weeks: 1-0, 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-3. This team was in the hunt after Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 5 (total = 4).
- Bye weeks are counted like any other week in the season. For example, the Bungs get a freebie if a bye comes while they're still in it. Why? This is all about the fans' experience. (By the way, there were two byes in '93.)
- Adjusted "percent weeks in the hunt" throws out the first week, as all teams get an automatic freebie.
- The time period covers Mike Brown's ownership on the Cincinnati Bengals franchise, counting only complete seasons (1991-2000).
- Tables compiled from data on pro-football-reference.com.
Week 1 Browns:
Week 2 Broncos:
Week 3 49ers:
Week 4 Bills:
Week 5 Jaguars:
Week 6 Colts:
Week 7 (Bye) Raiders:
Week 8 Seahawks:
Week 9 Titans:
Week 10 Steelers:
Week 11 Ravens:
Week 12 Lions (Browns Rematch Week):