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20132017 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 Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Carl Lawson led the defense with 24.5 sacks.

2017 Season Preview: With a fast, hard-hitting defense, Cincinnati could contend for a playoff spot in 2017. The offense will be much improved with the return from injury of receiver A.J. Green, rookie running back Joe Mixon, and the development of QB Andy Dalton. The Bengals will go as far as Dalton can take them.

20132016 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.

2016 Season Preview: Andy Dalton seems set to become one of the league’s elite quarterbacks. With A.J. Green as his top target and running help from Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard—plus the AFC’s best blocking unit—the Bengals could put up lots of points this season. Geno Atkins leads a defense that usually plays well together regardless of the offensive it is facing.

2013December 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.

2015 Season Preview: The Bengals will look for running back Jeremy Hill to have another great year. If he does, QB Andy Dalton and the offense could be one of the scariest in the AFC. The defense was great in 2013 but only average in 2014. Which one will show up in 2015?

2013September 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.

2013December 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.

2013February 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 BenJarvus 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.

Team Spirit Extra

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.)


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


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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 the Bengals. He led the team in rushing yards every year he was on the team.

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.


Team Spirit Extra

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."

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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.)


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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.

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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