Cincinnati Bengals

 

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After learning of merger talks between the AFL and NFL, Paul Brown led an ownership group and was rewarded the Cincinnati Bengals on May 23rd, 1967. The team struggled out of the gate, finishing 3-11 and 4-9-1 during its two AFL seasons.

After leaving the Cleveland Browns in 1963, Paul Brown ventured off to start the Cincinnati Bengals.

After the merger, the Bengals were put in the AFC Central with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, two NFL teams who agreed to move to the newly created AFC at Browns owner, Art Modell’s request so his Browns could have an in-state rivalry with Paul Brown’s Bengals. Modell invited Steelers’ owner Art Rooney to join him in the AFC so their teams could continue its ongoing rivalry.

The Bengals faced an up and down decade in the 1970s, one that was ruled by their new division rival, the Steelers, however the team did win their first AFC Central Championship in 1973 but were quickly eliminated by the Miami Dolphins. They finished 11-3 in 1975, but lost to the Oakland Raiders in the Divisional Playoffs by a score of 31-28.

The team failed to reach the playoffs again in the 1970s but in 1981, their fortunes turned. The Bengals finished 12-4, won the AFC Central and made their first of two Super Bowl appearances, both in the 1980s and in losing efforts to the San Francisco 49ers.

Their second Super Bowl appearance and loss came in 1988, after again finishing 12-4 and winning the AFC Central.

Hard times soon followed the Bengals following one final playoff appearance and AFC Central Championship in 1990. In fact, it is the last time the Bengals have won a playoff game to date, defeating the Houston Oilers by a score of 41-14.

The next decade and a half proved futile, and the team wouldn’t finish over .500 again until 2005 when they won what was now the AFC North with a record of 11-5. However, they wouldn’t go far, losing in the Wildcard Playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl Champion, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Carson Palmer, drafted in 2003, helped bring the Bengals back to prominence after a decade and a half of dismay.

Starcrossed, which would serve as an accurate term for the Bengals, as they saw three more lean years before another AFC North Title in 2009 and another playoff loss.

From 2011 to 2015, the Bengals saw two more AFC North Championships in 2013 and 2015, along with five straight playoff appearances, all losses, marking an 0-7 playoff record since 1990.

They finished 2016, 2017, and 2018 without a winning record, firing longtime head coach Marvin Lewis in the process as the then-lowly Cleveland Browns burst out of the AFC North cellar for the first time in seven seasons, forcing the Bengals to dwell in the division’s bottomless pit.

There are a lot of questions and few answers looming for the Bengals, and while they have a solid core of players in Andy Dalton Joe Mixon, A.J. Green, and Tyler Boyd among others, with a new coach and new system, the future is uncertain.

Cincinnati Bengals Quick Hits

Founded

1967

Home Field

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Colors

Black, orange

Nickname

Who Dey

Championships

0

AFC Championships

2

Notable Players

Chad Johnson, Corey Dillon, Anthony Munoz, Boomer Esiason

Worth Mentioning

Owned by Mike Brown, son of the legendary Paul Brown.

Notable Helmets

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1968-1980

 

Notable Jerseys

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Before 2004

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2004-Present

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Color Rush

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