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The Cincinnati Bengals are an American football franchise in the AFL that operate and play in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals were founded in Cincinnati in 1972 and have won four AFL championships (1988, 1995, 1996 and 1999). The Bengals are owned by Mike Warren and are coached by Ken Dorff. They play at Bengals Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, alongside the shore of the Ohio River.

The team was once one of the most moribund in the league, putting together ten losing seasons out of eleven and eight straight after their entrance into the league in 1972, posting a 6-5 record in 1980 and not repeating the feat until 1983, Marty Schottenheimer's first season with the team. Since then, the Cincinnati Bengals have been a consistent playoff contender, making the playoffs seven consecutive seasons on two separate occasions from 1985-1991 and 1994-2000, a span during which they won four AFL titles and played for five, giving the Bengals an all-time AFL title game record of 4-1.

Franchise History

Founding and Expansion

The Bengals were founded in 1972 after several years of lobbying the AFL for an expansion franchise, finally achieving their goal when the AFL announced the addition of the Cincinnati team, headed by James Warren as the owner.

The team announced the name of the franchise - the Bengals - and the team colors of orange and black prior to the 1972 AFL draft. As the first expansion franchise in the AFL since 1968, the Bengals were given a "skeleton roster" of cast-off free agents, but still drafted Hank Harley as their offensive tackle of the future in the compensatory draft.

The 1970's

Schottenheimer Era and Success

Boehner Era and 1990's Dynasty

Lewis Era and Present Day

Regular Season Records and Results

Cincinnati Bengals Regular Season Records
Season Division Finish Wins Losses Ties Postseason Result Awards Coach
1972 North 7th 1 10 0 Wylen
1973 North 7th 2 9 0 Wylen
1974 North 5th 4 7 0 Wylen
1975 North 7th 3 8 0 Dallings
1976 North 6th 2 9 0 Dallings
1977 North 5th 5 6 0 Dallings
1978 North 7th 3 8 0 Jackson
1979 North 6th 4 7 0 Jackson
1980 North 5th 6 5 0 Jackson
1981 North 5th 5 7 0 Jackson
1982 North 6th 4 8 0 Jackson
1983 North 5th 6 6 0 Schottenheimer
1984 North 4th 7 5 0 Schottenheimer
1985 North 3rd 9 3 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Green Bay) 34-24 Schottenheimer
1986 North 1st 11 1 0

Won North Division Championship (Chicago) 45-14

Lost AFL Championship (Dallas) 49-31

Schottenheimer
1987 North 3rd 9 3 0 Lost Wild Card Playoff (Yorktown) 30-28 Schottenheimer
1988 North 2nd 9 3 0

Won Wild Card Playoff (Chicago) 37-35

Won North Division Championship (Yorktown) 24-14

Won AFL Championship (Covenant) 23-14

Coach of the Year (Marty Schottenheimer) Schottenheimer
1989 North 2nd 10 2 0

Won Wild Card Playoff (Yorktown) 24-20

Lost North Division Championship (Chicago) 35-20

Schottenheimer
1990 North 1st 10 2 0 Lost North Division Championship (Yorktown) 24-17 Coach of the Year (Schottenheimer) Schottenheimer
1991 North 3rd 8 4 0

Won Wild Card Playoff (Yorktown) 33-28

Lost North Division Championship (Minnesota) 20-0

Schottenheimer
1992 North 4th 7 5 0 Boehner
1993 North 5th 6 6 0 Rookie of the Year (Jesse Hall) Boehner
1994 North 2nd 9 3 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Yorktown) 31-14 Boehner
1995 North 3rd 9 3 0

Won Wild Card Playoffs (Chicago) 24-14

Won North Division Championship (Minnesota) 42-38

Won AFL Championship (Dallas) 23-14

Rookie of the Year (Scottie Richards) Boehner
1996 North 1st 11 1 0

Won North Division Championship (Green Bay) 34-21

Won AFL Championship (Indiana) 33-30 (OT)

Coach of the Year (John Boehner) Boehner
1997 North 2nd 10 2 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Green Bay) 34-13 Boehner
1998 North 1st 10 2 0 Lost North Division Championship (Green Bay) 21-10

Coach of the Year (Boehner)

AFL MVP (Richards)

Boehner
1999 North 1st 11 1 0

Won North Division Championship (Green Bay) 49-13

Won AFL Championship (St. Louis) 14-10

Coach of the Year (Boehner)

AFL MVP (Hall)

Boehner
2000 North 3rd 8 4 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Minnesota) 41-24 Boehner
2001 North 4th 8 4 0 Boehner
2002 North 6th 6 6 0 Boehner
2003 North 6th 6 6 0 Boehner
2004 North 7th 4 8 0 Boehner
2005 North 8th 2 10 0 Lewis
2006 North 6th 5 7 0 Lewis
2007 North 3rd 8 4 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Detroit) 33-7 Lewis
2008 North 4th 7 5 0 Lewis
2009 North 5th 6 6 0 Lewis
2010 North 5th 7 5 0 Dorff
Totals
Regular Season Win-Loss Postseason Win-Loss Overall Regular Season Win Percentage Postseason Win Percentage Overall
258-201 13-10 271-211 .562 .565 .562



Player and Team Records/Achievements

Roster and Management

Current Roster

Current Staff

Retired Numbers

  • 14 - Jesse Hall, QB (1993-2006)
  • 31 - Mike Attlee, S (1991-1999)
  • 36 - Curtis Mallard, RB (1981-1989)
  • 40 - Scottie Richards, RB (1995-2002)
  • 55 - Thomas "Tank Engine" Lowe, LB (1990-2001)
  • 63 - Lou James, OT (1985-1998)
  • 73 - Hank Harley, OT (1972-1986)

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