The 2000Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 33rd year in professional football and its 31st with the National Football League. Corey Dillon would rank fifth in the NFL with 1,435 rushing yards and set a franchise record for most rushing yards in one season. On October 22, 2000, Dillon set a franchise record by rushing for 278 yards in one game. After being shutout in two of their first three games and a home loss to the Browns 24–7 in week 1, Coach Bruce Coslet resigned; he would be replaced by former All-Pro Detroit Lions DB and Bengal defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. Under LeBeau, the Bengals dropped their first three games, with an evenutal long losing strek finally coming to an end on October 22 against the Denver Broncos at the new Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals would stun the Broncos 31–21 as RB Corey Dillon set a single game record by rushing for 278 yards. The Bengals would use it as springboard to win their next game in Cleveland despite not scoring a Touchdown. The Bengals offense would continue to struggle as rookie QB Akili Smith, the teams #1 draft pick out of Oregon was overwhelmed by the NFL game. Corey Dillon would go on to set a team record by rushing for 1,435 yards, but with Smith's struggles as starting QB, the team floundered with a season ending record of 4–12.