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|Stadium:||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Colours:||Orange, black & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Paul Brown, Anthony Munoz & Ken Riley|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||None|
|Legends:||Ken Anderson, Anthony Munoz, Tim Krumie, Chad Johnson, Jim Breech, David Fulcher, Chris Collinsworth, Boomer Esiason, Isaac Curtis, James Brooks, Ken Riley, Reggie Williams, Max Montoya, Willie Anderson, Corey Dillon, Lemar Parish, Bob Trumpy, Dave Lapham, Takeo Spikes, Bob Joshnson, Rudi Johnson, Dan Ross, Rodney Holman, Ickey Woods & Pat McInally|
|Super Bowl Championships:||0|
|Conference Championships:||2: 1981 & 1988|
|1st 2021 Draft Pick:||#5 – Ja’Marr Chase|
|2021 Power Ranking:||25|
If it wasn’t for Ohio’s favourite footballing son Paul Brown there may have never been an NFL team in Cincinnati. After being shown the door from the Cleveland Browns by Art Modell, Brown had a dream of having an NFL team in Cincinnati and met with Jim Rhodes who was the city’s governor and they hatched a plan and by 1968 they had a team.
Brown wanted to have an NFL team, but the first couple of years of the Bengals existence they had to compete in the American Football League (AFL) and when the merger between the two leagues finally occurred in 1970 Brown’s dream became a reality.
Brown, whose coaching record spanned 41 seasons (which included all levels of American football), coached the Bengals from 1968-1975 taking the Bengals to three NFL playoff appearances in that time (1970, 1973 and 1975).
The Bengals didn’t take long to adjust to life in the NFL as they became the first franchise to clinch the first AFC Central title after ending the season with a 8-6 record and became the youngest franchise to make it to the playoffs.
A year later the Bengals posted a 4-10 record in which they couldn’t defend their AFC Central title, but they did hand a debut to quarterback Ken Anderson who they picked up in the third round of the draft.
Anderson’s career with the Bengals spanned 16 years from 1971-1986, where he played 192 games, made 2,654 passes, made 3,2838 passing yards and made 197 passing touchdowns. The Benglas returned to the playoffs in 1973 and 1975 however, they fell to Miami 34-16 (in 1973) and lost the wildcard to Oakland in 1975.
The rest of the 70s saw the Bengals struggle as they missed the playoffs each year and had two coaches before the end of the decade as Bill ‘Tiger’ Johnson and Homer Rice took charge before they entered the 80s. By the time the new decade rolled around the Bengals had a new coach in Forrest Gregg, and he took the reins from 1980-1983.
Despite only winning six games in his first season in charge, it was Forrest’s second season that is of note as he took the Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance, however, they went down to San Francisco 49ers.
The Benglas returned to the biggest showpiece in the NFL under new coach Sam Wyche (who took over from Gregg in in the 1984 season), in the 1988 season after clinching the AFC Championship, but fell to the San Francisco 49ers again in Super Bowl XXII.
Apart from claiming the AFC Central title for the fifth time and making it to the divisional playoffs in which they lost to the LA Raiders, the 90s didn’t prove much joy as they missed the playoffs for most of the decade and were near the bottom of the AFC Central standings.
The beginning of the 2000s had a sense of deja-vu from the 90s. However, the Bengals fortunes began to change in 2005 when they broke a 15 year playoff drought and made the playoffs for the first time since 1990 after finishing first in the AFC Central standings.
That was the only fairytale that occurred as the Bengals fell to their rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wildcard playoff. The Bengals returned to postseason action in 2009 but once again fell at the hurdle going down to the New York Jets.
The Bengals returned to the glory days by the time the 2010s arrived as they were a prominent feature in postseason action and made the wildcard playoffs in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 but each time they were defeated by Houston Texans (back-to-back in 2011 and 2012), San Diego, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.
2019 marked the fourth straight season that Cincinnati missed the playoffs, finishing with a 2-14 record which tied for a franchise worst. Their prize for being so bad was a quarterback out of LSU by the name of Joe Burrow.
Burrow was breaking multiple rookie quarterback records but went down halfway through his 10th game and didn’t get up. A torn ACL and MCL halted the rookie’s season and while the Bengals were just 2-7-1 with him in the lineup, it was a massive blow for the franchise.
After a lost season that saw stud rookie quarterback Joe Burrow go down with injury, the Bengals seem like they are ready to make a huge leap in year 2 under Burrow. Although the Bengals went 4-11-1 last season, doubling their win total from 2019, they lost in several close, winnable games. In 2021, the Bengals look to win those tight games and potentially sneak into the 6th seed of the playoffs.
The Bengals don’t have an indoor practice facility despite being a multi-billion dollar franchise. His is how bad the ownership and front office have been. They have given the difficult role of rebuilding their team to Zac Taylor, who was a former quarterback. Taylor started his coaching career in 2008 at Texas A&M before moving onto the Dolphins in 2012.
From there, Taylor moved back to college and then with the LA Rams. Taylor was a crucial part of the red-hot MVP candidate play from Jared Goff in 2018. This earned him a head coaching job at the Bengals a year later. Taylor’s time at the Bengals has been bad with a 6-25-1 record. However the responsibility isn’t entirely on him, but more so on the atrocious personnel decisions of the front office.
This offseason the front office has added a bunch of new talent on both sides of the ball. On offense they spent significant draft capital, drafting Burrow’s former team mate Ja’Marr Chase, tackle Jackson Carman and running back Chris Evans.
On the defense they focused on adding through free agency with additions of 2020 break out player Trey Hendrickson, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, as well as cornerbacks Mike Hilton and Chidobe Auzie. Overall the Bengals have definitely tried to address the key areas of improvement this offseason. Hopefully this retooled defense and young offense can lead the Bengals to a better record than last year and potentially the playoffs.
The Bengals offense wasn’t bad last year, with the unit showing flashes of greatness behind the coaching of Taylor and play of Burrow. Although they ranked in the bottom 5 of all team statistics for offense this was many due to the season-ending injury of Joe Burrow and the poor play of the offensive line.
The offensive line was undoubtedly the worst in the league last year. They were a literal turnstile that forced Joe Burrow to make many huge hits. In 2021 the line tracks to be better which is a good change for Burrow. The offensive line has added upgrades at both crucial tackle positions with the reliable Riley Reiff and 2nd round rookie Jackson Carman.
They also added D’Ante Smith and Trey Hillin the draft. This unit still looks horrible on the interior, but improved tackle play should ensure Burrow has a sliver of extra time. The skill positions have seen a big increase with the addition of Ja’Marr Chase to a unit that already included Tyler Body and Tee Higgins. Pair that with CJ Uzomah, and you have a decent set of weapons for the air attack.
The key piece on offense beside Burrow will be dynamic running back, Joe Mixon. Mixon is one of the best runners in the league and should get at least 1000 yards rushing this season. Overall the offense is better and could actually end up in the top 10 of league offenses provided Burrow continues his high level play and the offensive line can give Burrow time. However, neither of those things are a guarantee.
The Bengals defense was somehow not the weakness of their team last year despite being quite bad. In 2021, this defense has added a flurry of new additions to transform a bottom half unit into a unit that can hold its end of the bargain and play at a respectable level. These new additions through both free agency and the draft, on paper, make this unit look like they could improve to become a middle of the league level defense.
The strength of the Bengals is its safeties Vonn Bell, Ricardo Allen and All Pro Jessie Bates. This unit should make life easier for the questionable cornerback situation. The Bengals will likely run 3 safety sets on the field to take advantage of their strength at this unit and hide the deficiencies of their corners.
The Bengals pass rush which had just 17 sacks last year, putting them dead last in the league last season, has gotten better. The Bengals now have a new look pass rush, with the additions of Hendrickson and Mike Hilton in free agency.
These 2 had a combined 16.5 sacks between the pair, which is just half a sack less than the entire Bengals defense could manage. The young linebacker core should also help, especially if they can develop and grow in 2021. Between the front 7 and the secondary, this defense should be a respectable unit.
They won’t be game changers in 2021 but they should be good enough to be somewhere in the middle of the league. The onus will be on the offense to carry the team. If the defense can play at a respectable level and the offense makes that next leap, the Bengals may very well be a playoff squad.
Despite their 4-11-1 record, Cincinnati finished with a 9-7 record against the spread, being 5-3 at home and 4-4 on the road. Their best cover of the season was in week 15 when they hosted AFC North rivals, the Steelers and closed as 14.5 point underdogs. The Bengals went on to win that game 27-17, performing 24.5 points better than their spread and dinting Pittsburgh’s run to the postseason in the process.
The Bengals finished an even 8-8 in total points betting, going 4-4 at home and on the road.
With no specific timetable for Joe Burrow’s return, the Bengals currently have the third worst Super Bowl LVI odds of +10000 while having the second worst AFC Championship odds of +45000.
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Where do the Cincinnati Bengals play?
The Cincinnati Bengals play their home games at Paul Brown Stadium.
Who owns the Cincinnati Bengals?
Mike Brown owns the Cincinnati Bengals.
Has the Cincinnati Bengals won an NFL Super Bowl?
The Cincinnati Bengals have never won a Super Bowl.
Who is the Cincinnati Bengals coach?
Zac Taylor is the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Do the Cincinnati Bengals play tonight?
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What is the Cincinnati Bengals record?
The Cincinnati Bengals finished the 2020 season with a 4-11-1 record.
Did the Cincinnati Bengals win last night?
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How much is the Cincinnati Bengals worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Cincinnati Bengals are worth $2 billion.
Who do the Cincinnati Bengals play tonight?
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How to watch the Cincinnati Bengals?
You can watch the Chicago Bears on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, DIRECTTV NFL Sunday Ticket and on bengals.com. You can also stream Bengals games on the Bengals App, Yahoo sports app,CBS All Access, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTTV Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday ticket, NFL GamePass and NFL Mobile app. You can also listen to coverage on NFL GamePass, Westwood One, TuneIn and Sirius XM.
Will the Cincinnati Bengals make the playoffs this year?
The Cincinnati Bengals definitely didn’t make the playoffs after finishing 13th in the AFC and last in the AFC North with a 4-11-1 record.
When do the Cincinnati Bengals play?
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When is the next Cincinnati Bengals game?
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Where did the Cincinnati Bengals finish the season?
The Cincinnati Bengals finished the 2020 season fourth in the AFC North and 13th in the AFC.
How many games did the Cincinnati Bengals win?
The Cincinnati Bengals won four games in the 2020 NFL season.
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