1984 Cincinnati Bengals season

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1984 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Sam Wyche
Owner Paul Brown
Home field Riverfront Stadium
Results
Record 8–8–0
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1983 1985 >

The 1984 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 17th year in professional football and its 15th with the National Football League. The team lost their first five games, before winning eight of their final eleven games to finish the season with a .500 record.

The season was the first for head coach Sam Wyche, who had replaced former coach Forrest Gregg after Gregg had resigned following the previous season. Wyche had been the head coach at Indiana University in 1983.

The club stumbled out of the gate, and went winless in September en route to a 1–6 start. However, the team began a turnaround, and by December, was one of the hottest teams in the league. The team won seven out of their last nine games, including a crucial win against division rival Pittsburgh in week 11.

In the final week of the season, Cincinnati needed to win, and hope for the Steelers to lose at the Raiders, to secure an improbable AFC Central division title. The Bengals did their part, routing the Bills 52–21, and finished the season 8–8. Later in the day, the Bengals were forced to "scoreboard watch." The Steelers, however, managed to beat the Raiders, clinching the division, and effectively eliminating the Bengals from the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1984 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Ricky Hunley  LB Arizona
1 16 Pete Koch  DE Maryland
1 28 Brian Blados  OT North Carolina
2 38 Boomer Esiason  QB Maryland
3 65 Stanford Jennings  RB Furman
4 92 John Farley  RB Sacramento State
5 119 Barney Bussey  DB South Carolina State
6 150 Don Kern  TE Arizona State
7 177 Leo Barker  LB New Mexico State
8 204 Bruce Reimers  Guard Iowa State
9 231 Bruce Kozerski  Center Holy Cross
10 262 Aaron Jackson  LB North Carolina
10 265 Bert Ziegler  RB Syracuse
11 289 Steve McKeaver  RB Central State (OK)
12 316 Steve Raquet  LB Holy Cross
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 at Denver Broncos L 20–17
74,178
2 September 9, 1984 Kansas City Chiefs L 27–22
47,111
3 September 16, 1984 at New York Jets L 43–23
64,193
4 September 23, 1984 Los Angeles Rams L 24–14
45,406
5 October 1, 1984 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–17
57,098
6 October 7, 1984 Houston Oilers W 13–3
43,637
7 October 14, 1984 at New England Patriots L 20–14
48,154
8 October 21, 1984 Cleveland Browns W 12–9
50,667
9 October 28, 1984 at Houston Oilers W 31–13
34,010
10 November 4, 1984 at San Francisco 49ers L 23–17
58,324
11 November 11, 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers W 22–20
52,497
12 November 18, 1984 Seattle Seahawks L 26–6
50,280
13 November 25, 1984 Atlanta Falcons W 35–14
44,678
14 December 2, 1984 at Cleveland Browns W 20–17
51,774
15 December 9, 1984 at New Orleans Saints W 24–21
40,855
16 December 16, 1984 Buffalo Bills W 52–21
55,771

Game summaries[edit]

Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 13 0 7 20
• Bengals 3 0 12 7 22

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Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers(3) 9 7 0 .563 5–1 6–6 387 310
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 339 339
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 250 297
Houston Oilers 3 13 0 .188 1–5 3–9 240 437

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]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-Dec-25.