1981 Cincinnati Bengals season

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1981 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Forrest Gregg
Owner Paul Brown
Home field Riverfront Stadium
Results
Record 12–4–0
Division place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Super Bowl XVI
Timeline
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< 1980 1982 >

The 1981 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 14th year in professional football and its 12th with the National Football League. The team won their first AFC Championship, but lost Super Bowl XVI to San Francisco.

Cincinnati had at least a share of the AFC Central lead the entire season. On December 13, quarterback Ken Anderson threw two touchdown passes as the Bengals clinched the division with a 17–10 win over the Steelers.

Ken Anderson led the NFL in passing in 1981 with a 98.5 rating.

On Jan 3, the Bengals beat Buffalo, 28–21, in an AFC Divisional Playoff game. A week later, playing in their first AFC Championship Game, the Bengals defeated San Diego, 27–7, at Riverfront Stadium in a temperature of nine degrees below zero with a wind-chill factor of minus-59.

In Super Bowl XVI on Jan 24 in Pontiac, Mich., the Bengals trailed 20–0 at halftime and lost to San Francisco, 26–21.

Offseason[edit]

Before the season, the Bengals unveiled new uniforms with tiger-striped helmets, jerseys and pants.

NFL Draft[edit]

1981 Cincinnati Bengals Draft
Round Pick # Overall Name Position College
1 10 10 David Verser Wide Receiver Kansas
2 9 37 Cris Collinsworth Wide Receiver Florida
3 8 64 John Simmons Defensive Back SMU
4 10 93 Guy Frazier Linebacker Wyoming
5 9 120 Benjie Pryor Tight End Pittsburgh
6 8 146 Rex Robinson Kicker Georgia
7 10 176 Jeff Schuh Linebacker Minnesota
8 9 202 Bobby Kemp Defensive Back Cal State-Fullerton
9 8 229 Jim Hannula Offensive Tackle Northern Illinois
9 9 230 Samoa Samoa Running Back Washington State
10 10 258 Hubert Simpson Running Back Tennessee
11 9 285 Robert Jackson Defensive Back Central Michigan
12 8 312 Mark O'Connell Quarterback Ball State

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 Seattle Seahawks W 27–21
41,177
2 September 13, 1981 at New York Jets W 31–30
49,454
3 September 20, 1981 Cleveland Browns L 20–17
52,170
4 September 27, 1981 Buffalo Bills W 27–24
46,418
5 October 4, 1981 at Houston Oilers L 17–10
44,350
6 October 11, 1981 at Baltimore Colts W 41–19
33,060
7 October 18, 1981 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–7
57,090
8 October 25, 1981 at New Orleans Saints L 17–7
46,336
9 November 1, 1981 Houston Oilers W 34–21
54,736
10 November 8, 1981 at San Diego Chargers W 40–17
51,259
11 November 15, 1981 Los Angeles Rams W 24–10
56,836
12 November 22, 1981 Denver Broncos W 38–21
57,207
13 November 29, 1981 at Cleveland Browns W 41–21
75,186
14 December 6, 1981 San Francisco 49ers L 21–3
56,796
15 December 13, 1981 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–10
50,623
16 December 20, 1981 at Atlanta Falcons W 30–28
35,972

Game summaries[edit]

Week 13: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 14 14 0 13 41
Browns 0 7 0 14 21

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 3, 1982 Buffalo Bills W 28–21
55,420
Conference Championship January 10, 1982 San Diego Chargers W 27–7
46,302
Super Bowl January 24, 1982 N San Francisco 49ers L 26–21
81,270

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Cincinnati Bengals(1) 12 4 0 .750 4–2 10–2 421 304
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 356 297
Houston Oilers 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 281 355
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 1–5 2–10 276 375

Roster[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

  • January 3 Buffalo W 28–21 55,420 Riverfront

AFC Championship Game[edit]

  • Freezer Bowl January 10 San Diego W 27–7 46,302 Riverfront

Super Bowl[edit]

  • Super Bowl XVI January 24 San Francisco L 21–26 81,270 Pontiac Silverdome

Awards and records[edit]

  • Ken Anderson, NFL MVP [1]
  • Ken Anderson, Bert Bell Award[2]
  • Ken Anderson, Franchise Record (since broken), Touchdown Passes, 29 Passes [3]
  • Ken Anderson, Led NFL, Passer Rating, 98.4 Rating [4]

Milestones[edit]

  • Ken Anderson, Franchise Record (since broken), Most Touchdown Passes in One Season, 29 Passes [3]
  • Cris Collinsworth, 1st 1,000 Yard Receiving Season (1,009 yards) [5]
  • Pete Johnson, 1,000 Yard Rushing Season (1,077 yards) [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 400
  2. ^ http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm
  3. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 37
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 447
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 442
  6. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 437

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