1978 Cincinnati Bengals season

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1978 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Bill Johnson and Homer Rice
Home field Riverfront
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 4th AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1977 1979 >

QB Ken Anderson missed the first four games with a broken bone in his right hand, and Homer Rice replaced Bill Johnson as head coach after the Bengals started 0–5. The team dipped to marks of 0–8 and 1–12 before rebounding under Rice to win the last three games. In the season finale, the Bengals blasted Cleveland, 48–16, setting series records for points and victory margin.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1978 Cincinnati Bengals Draft
Round Pick # Overall Name Position College
1 8 8 Ross Browner Defensive End Notre Dame
1 16 16 Blair Bush Center Washington
2 7 35 Ray Griffin Defensive Back Ohio State
2 17 45 Dave Turner Running Back San Diego State
3 16 72 Ted Vincent Defensive Tackle Wichita State
3 27 83 Don Bass Wide Receiver Houston
4 15 99 Dennis Law Wide Receiver East Tennessee State
5 16 126 Tom Dinkel Linebacker Kansas
5 21 131 Rob Hertel Quarterback USC
6 17 155 Steve Geise Running Back Penn State
7 16 182 Joe Branson Defensive Back Livingstone College
7 27 193 Danny Bass Offensive Tackle Elon
8 17 211 Bill Miller Offensive Tackle Western Illinois
9 16 238 Ron Shumon Linebacker Wichita State
10 17 267 Tom DePaso Linebacker Penn State
11 14 292 Cal Prince Running Back Louisville
11 16 294 Mark Donahue Guard Michigan
12 17 323 Kim Featsent Wide Receiver Kent State

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

1978 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule
Date Opponent W-L Score Attendance Stadium
September 3 Kansas City Chiefs L 23–24
41,810
Riverfront Stadium
September 10 at Cleveland Browns L 10–13(OT)
72,691
Cleveland Stadium
September 17 Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–28
50,260
Riverfront Stadium
September 24 New Orleans Saints L 18–20
40,455
Riverfront Stadium
October 1 at San Francisco 49ers L 12–28
41,107
Candlestick Park
October 9 at Miami Dolphins L 0–21
54,729
Miami Orange Bowl
October 15 New England Patriots L 3–10
48,699
Riverfront Stadium
October 22 at Buffalo Bills L 0–5
47,754
Rich Stadium
October 29 Houston Oilers W 28–13
50,532
Riverfront Stadium
November 5 at San Diego Chargers L 13–22
43,639
San Diego Stadium
November 13 Oakland Raiders L 21–34
51,374
Riverfront Stadium
November 19 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 6–7
47,578
Three Rivers Stadium
November 26 at Houston Oilers L 10–17
43,245
Astrodome
December 3 Atlanta Falcons W 37–7
25,336
Riverfront Stadium
December 11 at Los Angeles Rams W 20–19
47,471
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
December 17 Cleveland Browns W 48–16
46,985
Riverfront Stadium

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers(1) 14 2 0 .875 5–1 11–1 356 195
Houston Oilers(5) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 283 298
Cleveland Browns 8 8 0 .500 1–5 4–8 334 356
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 252 284

Team stats[edit]

1978 Cincinnati Bengals Team Stats
TEAM STATS Bengals Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
TOTAL NET YARDS
Avg Per Game
Total Plays
Avg. Per Play
NET YARDS RUSHING
Avg. Per Game
Total Rushes
NET YARDS PASSING
Avg. Per Game
Sacked Yards Lost
Gross Yards
Att. Completions
Completion Pct.
Intercepted
PUNTS-AVERAGE
PENALTIES-YARDS
FUMBLES-BALL LOST
TOUCHDOWNS
Rushing
Passing
Returns
Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 Tot
Bengals
Opponents

Team leaders[edit]

  • Passing: Ken Anderson (319 Att, 173 Comp, 2219 Yds, 54.2 Pct, 10 TD, 22 Int, 58.0 Rating)
  • Rushing: Pete Johnson (180 Att, 762 Yds, 4.2 Avg, 50 Long, 7 TD)
  • Receiving: Isaac Curtis (47 Rec, 737 Yds, 15.7 Avg, 57 Long, 3 TD)
  • Scoring: Chris Bahr, 74 points (16 FG; 26 PAT)

Roster[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs


Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Awards and records[edit]

Pro Bowl Selection[edit]

  • For the first time in team history, the Bengals did not have any players selected to the Pro Bowl.

References[edit]