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2022 Season

2022 Season Roundup: Following losses in their first two games, the Bengals won 12 of their final 14 to win the AFC North. After two tough victories in the playoffs, they came up just short of a return trip to the Super Bowl with a disappointing loss to the Chiefs in the AFC title game. It was quarterback Joe Burrow’s first-ever loss to Kansas City and came at the end of an MVP-worthy season. Burrow threw a career-best 35 touchdown passes in his third season in the NFL and was picked to play in the Pro Bowl, along with teammates Ja’Marr Chase and Trey Hendrickson. Chase led Cincinnati with 87 receptions and tied running back Joe Mixon with a team-best 9 touchdowns. Hendrickson, Sam Hubbard, and Logan Wilson starred for a defense that held opponents to 21 points or fewer 10 times during the regular season.

January 15, 2023: Sam Hubbard scooped up a loose ball on his own 2-yard line and ran the ball the other way 98 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest fumble return for a touchdown in the history of the playoffs. More importantly, it prevented the Baltimore Ravens from taking the lead and gave the Bengals a 24–17 victory.

2022 Season Preview: Cincinnati came within a few minutes of winning the Super Bowl last winter. This fall, they added three solid offensive linemen to fix their only major weakness in 2021. If quarterback Joe Burrow stays healthy and continues to play as well as he did last season, the Bengals will be tough to beat. The Cincy defense surprised many experts last season, but they earned tons of respect during the playoffs and this year everyone is taking the D seriously.

January 2, 2022: First-round draft pick Ja’Marr Chase finished the Bengals’ victory over the Chiefs with 266 receiving yards. That set a new team record, and also broke an NFL record for rookies in a game, which was set back in 1979. Chase also broke the record for receiving yards in a season by a rookie. It had been set by his college teammate, Justin Jefferson, in 2020.

2021 Season

2021 Season Roundup: Quarterback Joe Burrow was sensational all year long, leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl. Cincinnati narrowly defeated the Raiders, Titans, and Chiefs in the playoffs before falling to the Rams in a thrilling Super Bowl, 23–20. Joe Mixon was the team’s leading rusher with 1,205 yards, while rookie Ja’Marr Chase and second-year star Tee Higgins both finished with more than 1,000 receiving yards. Trey Hendrickson led the defense with 14 sacks and Evan McPherson, a rookie kicker, was 14-of-14 in field goals during the playoffs.

December 26, 2021: Joe Burrow set a new team record with 525 passing yards in a win over the Baltimore Ravens. Only three players in NFL history have thrown for more yards in a game.

September 26, 2021: Rookie Ja’Marr Chase became the first player in history to catch 4 touchdown passes in his first 3 NFL games. He broke a record held by all-time great Randy Moss. Chase caught a TD pass of 30 or more yards in each game and was named Rookie of the Month a few days later.

2021 Season Preview: The Bengals drafted receiver Ja’Marr Chase to pair with fellow Louisiana State University star Joe Burrow, who was having a great rookie in 2020 before a knee injury ended his season. Burrow has the runners and receivers to succeed, but needs better blocking while he recovers. If the defense can keep games close, the Cincinnati offense has the ability to produce some fantastic finishes.

2020 Season

2020 Season Roundup: The Bengals went 4–11–1 and did not win two games in a row until after Christmas. The bright spot for Cincinnati fans was the play of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, who was on a record-setting pace before a knee injury ended his season in November. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins were his favorite targets. The team’s defense had trouble getting to the passer and gave up more than 400 points.

November 01, 2020: Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow led Cincinnati to an upset victory over the first-place Tennessee Titans, 31–20. Three starting linemen and a starting running back were out for the Bengals, making Burrow’s performance even more impressive.

September 17, 2020: Quarterback Joe Burrow completed 37 passes in a 35–30 loss to the Browns. Burrow broke a record for completions by an NFL rookie, which had been shared by Carson Wentz, Mark Bulger, and Chris Weinke.

2020 Season Preview: The 2020 season will probably go down in history as The Joe Burrow Show. The top college quarterback in 2019 is an early pick to win NFL Rookie of the Year. Even that may not get Cincinnati to .500. The team is moving in the right direction, however. The defensive line, led by Geno Atkins, is solid. But behind it there are a lot of question marks. The team is rebuilding its pass defense with free agents, which doesn’t always work.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: The bad news for Bengals fans was a 2–14 record in 2019. The good news is that they get the first pick in the college draft in 2020. Running back Joe Mixon had his second 1,000-yard season in a row and Tyler Boyd led the team with 90 receptions. Sam Hubbard, Carlos Dunlap, and Geno Atkins were Cincinnati’s defensive standouts.

2019 Season Preview: Andy Dalton leads the Bengals into battle but with a new coach, Zac Taylor, calling the shots from the sidelines. Dalton will need more than AJ Green as a passing target, and he’ll also need Joe Mixon to repeat his great year at running back. The team did not make many moves during the off-season, so the defense will have to keep improving for Cincinnati to improve on its 2018 record.

2018 Season

2018 Season Roundup: The Bengals roster in 2018 looked like an emergency room. The team had to overcome injuries to key players week after week. They won six games and with a little luck could have been playoff contenders. Cincinnati’s offense played well most of the year, but the defense allowed more than 450 points. Joe Mixon, who ran for more than 1,000 yards, was among the players who picked up the slack. Other Bengals who had solid seasons included receivers John Ross and Tyler Boyd, as well as defensive stars Geno Atkins, Shawn Williams, and Carlos Dunlop.

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: The Bengals had a solid defense but struggled to score in 2017, which resulted in a 7–9 record.  The combination of QB Andy Dalton and receivers A.J. Green and Tyler Kroft was the team’s main weapon. Geno Atki

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: The Bengals won just six times in 2016 compared to 12 victories the year before. They could easily have gone 12–4 again; their last five losses went down to the final whistle, and one game ended in a tie. Andy Green had a solid year at quarterback and A.J. Green was one of the NFL’s best receivers again.

2015 Season

December 6, 2015: Andy Dalton became just the second quarterback ever to pass for over 3,000 yards in each of his first 5 NFL seasons. Peyton Manning was the first.

2014 Season

September 2, 2014: Andy Dalton may not throw as often as other NFL quarterbacks, but when he does, he has two excellent targets in Marvin Jones and A.J. Green. The team’s running game, led by Giovani Bernard, is also solid. For Cincinnati, wins will be a matter of consistent defensive play. Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap anchor the defensive line, while rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard looks like an emerging leader in the secondary.

2013 Season

December 29, 2013: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict had 14 tackles in a victory over the Ravens to finish as the NFL leader with 171 tackles.

September 4, 2013: After two trips to the playoffs, the Bengals seem ready to become one of the top young clubs in the AFC. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green will continue to make plays for the offense, while the Cincinnati pass rush creates chaos in opponents’ backfields. A lot of rookies figure to make an impact for the Bengals this year, including running back Giovani Bernard and tight end Tyler Eifert.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: The young Bengals had a great year, going 10–6 to win the AFC North title. Receivers A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham had Pro Bowl seasons, running back Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis topped 1,000 yards, and Andy Dalton tossed 27 TD passes. Cincinnati’s season ended in the playoffs with a narrow loss to the Texans.

Summer, 2012: Young stars A.J. Green and Andy Dalton helped the Bengals surprise everyone and make the playoffs in 2011. Their teammates proved their toughness by making several great comebacks during the year. In 2012, Cincinnati must keep moving forward, especially in the passing game.

More Go-To Guys

Tommy Casanova was a big deal when the Bengals got him. Here he is on the cover of Sports Illustrated the year before he was drafted by Cincinnati. (Sports Illustrated/TIME Inc.)

Check out Carson Palmer’s wrist pad in this photo. He’s got all the plays written down. (Black Book Partners)

Rudi Johnson was a big running back. Look at his calves and his forearms if you don’t believe me. He looks like Popeye! (Black Book Partners)

  • Tommy Casanova — Safety
    Born: 7/29/1950
    Played for Team: 1972 to 1977
    Tommy Casanova was a fast, hard-hitting safety. He made the Pro Bowl three times in six seasons for the Bengals. As a rookie, he returned a punt for a touchdown.

  • Pete Johnson — Running Back
    Born: 3/2/1954
    Played for Team: 1977 to 1983
    Pete Johnson was a good blocker and also a powerful runner. He starred for Ohio State University and then stayed near home to play for th

  • Carl Pickens — Receiver
    Born: 3/23/1970
    Played for Team: 1992 to 1999
    Carl Pickens made an immediate impact when he was named the 1992 Offensive Rookie of the Year. He also returned a punt 95 yards for a score that season. His best year was 1995 when he caught 99 passes, including 17 touchdowns.

  • Jeff Blake — Quarterback
    Born: 12.4/1970
    Play for Team: 1994 to 1999
    Jeff Blake was a good athlete with a great arm. He loved to throw the ball deep down the field. In his second season with the Bengals, Blake had 28 touchdowns passes and played in the Pro Bowl.

  • Corey Dillon — Running Back
    Born: 10/24/1974
    Played for Team: 1997 to 2003
    Corey Dillon was an explosive runner who could break free for a touchdown from anywhere on the field. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards every year from 1997 to 2002. In a 2000 game, he set a record with 278 rushing yards.

  • Carson Palmer — Quarterback
    Born: 12/27/1979
    Played for Team: 2004 to 2010
    The Bengals drafted Carson Palmer for his strong, accurate arm. They also loved how cool he was when pass-rushers were closing in around him. Only four quarterbacks in NFL history reached 100 touchdown passes in fewer games than Palmer.

  • Rudi Johnson — Running Back
    Born: 10/1/1979
    Played for Team: 2001 to 2007
    Rudi Johnson spent two seasons on the bench watching Corey Dillon. When Johnson got a chance to play in 2003, he became a star. Each year from 2004 to 2006, Johnson rushed from more than 1,300 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.

More Fun Facts

Paul Brown was on a lot of magazine covers. This was his first as Bengals coach. (Sports Illustrated/TIME Inc.)

    After the Bengals lost their first-ever preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1968, fans prepared for the worst. In that contest, Cincinnati went the entire first quarter without running an offensive play! Things improved quickly, however. The Bengals won their first two home games—over the Denver Broncos 24–10 and the Buffalo Bills 34–23—and made the playoffs in their third season.

    As a coach and owner, Paul Brown liked his team to have a regular routine each week. He did not like to play on Monday nights. Brown changed his tune in 1975, when the Bengals defeated the Bills on Monday Night Football. Ken Anderson threw for 447 yards in a thrilling 33–24 victory.

    When Carl Pickens signed his contract with the Bengals, he agreed to give back money if he ever said anything bad about the team in public. Now, hundreds of NFL contracts contain “The Pickens Clause.”

League Leaders

They said Ken Anderson was only good on short passes, but if you left a man open 30 yards downfield, he could put the ball right in the guy’s hands. (Topps, Inc.)

Yeah! Deltha O’Neal signed this photo of him celebrating a defensive play. He was Mr. Intensity. (Author’s Collection)

    1968 — Paul Robinson — 1,023 (AFL)


    No Bengal has led the NFL in receiving yards.

    1974 — Ken Anderson — 2,667
    1975 — Ken Anderson — 3,169

    2015 — Jeremy Hill — 11

    1995 — Carl Pickens — 17 (tied for NFL lead)

    2005 — Carson Palmer — 32

    No Bengal has led the NFL in points.

    2005 — Deltha O’Neal — 10 (tied for NFL lead)
    2015 — Reggie Nelson — 8

    No Bengal has led the NFL in sacks.

Playing for the Championship

1981 AFC Championship San Diego Chargers Won 27–7
1981 Super Bowl XVI San Francisco 49ers Lost 26–21
1988 AFC Championship Buffalo Bills Won 21–10
1988 Super Bowl XXIII San Francisco 49ers Lost 20–16

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