2004 Cincinnati Bengals season

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2004 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Marvin Lewis
General manager Mike Brown
Owner Mike Brown
Home field Paul Brown Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd AFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2003 2005 >
Cincinnati visits Washington in week 10 of 2004

The 2004 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 37th year in professional football and its 35th with the National Football League. The Bengals began to focus on the future, trading All-Pro running back Corey Dillon to the New England Patriots. That cleared the way for Rudi Johnson to start at running back. Carson Palmer was given the starting quarterback job. Palmer and the young Bengals would struggle early, losing five of their first seven games. As the season wore on, the Bengals began to hit their stride, as they climbed back to .500, at 6–6, before an sprained knee sent Palmer to the sidelines during a 35–28 road loss to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Patriots.

With wins in their final two games the Bengals would finish 8–8 for the second year in a row. Rudi Johnson finished sixth in the NFL in rushing with 1,454 yards, giving Bengals fans hope for the future.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2004 NFL Draft
2004 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 26 Chris Perry  RB Michigan
2 49 Keiwan Ratliff  CB Florida
2 56 Madieu Williams  S Maryland
3 80 Caleb Miller  LB Arkansas
3 96 Landon Johnson  LB Purdue
4 114 Matthias Askew  DT Michigan State
4 117 Robert Geathers  DE Georgia
4 123 Stacy Andrews  OT Ole Miss
5 149 Maurice Mann  WR Nevada
6 183 Greg Brooks  DB North Texas
7 218 Casey Bramlet  QB Wyoming
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2004 Cincinnati Bengals staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Marvin Lewis
  • Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line – Paul Alexander

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Chip Morton
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Ray Oliver

Roster[edit]

2004 Cincinnati Bengals final final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 16 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

The 2004 season constituted the first time since 1991 that the Bengals played the Washington Redskins, and the match produced their first ever away win over that franchise.[3] The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 2004 at New York Jets L 24–31
77,230
2 September 19, 2004 Miami Dolphins W 16–13
65,705
3 September 26, 2004 Baltimore Ravens L 9–23
65,575
4 October 3, 2004 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–18
62,402
5 Bye
6 October 17, 2004 at Cleveland Browns L 17–34
73,263
7 October 25, 2004 Denver Broncos W 23–10
65,806
8 October 31, 2004 at Tennessee Titans L 20–27
68,932
9 November 7, 2004 Dallas Cowboys W 26–3
65,721
10 November 14, 2004 at Washington Redskins W 17–10
87,786
11 November 21, 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–19
65,780
12 November 28, 2004 Cleveland Browns W 58–48
65,677
13 December 5, 2004 at Baltimore Ravens W 27–26
69,695
14 December 12, 2004 at New England Patriots L 28–35
68,756
15 December 19, 2004 Buffalo Bills L 17–33
65,378
16 December 26, 2004 New York Giants W 23–22
64,606
17 January 2, 2005 at Philadelphia Eagles W 38–10
67,074

Standings[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers 15 1 0 .938 5–1 11–1 408 231 W14
Baltimore Ravens 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 317 268 W1
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 374 372 W2
Cleveland Browns 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 276 390 W1

Team Leaders[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Carson Palmer 432 263 2897 18 18 77.3

Rushing[edit]

Player Att Yds YPC Long TD
Rudi Johnson 361 1454 4.0 52 12

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec Yds Avg Long TD
Chad Johnson 95 1274 13.4 53 9

Defensive[edit]

Player Tackles Sacks INTs FF FR
Landon Johnson 133 2.0 0 1 1
Justin Smith 97 8.0 0 2 2
Tory James 74 0.0 8 2 1

Kicking/Punting[edit]

Player FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Points
Shayne Graham 31 27 87.1% 41 41 100.0% 122
Player Punts Yards Long Blkd Avg.
Kyle Larson 83 3499 66 1 42.2

Special Teams[edit]

Player KR KRYards KRAvg KRLong KRTD PR PRYards PRAvg PRLong PRTD
Cliff Russell 39 872 22.4 40 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Keiwan Ratliff 0 0 0.0 0 0 17 207 12.2 49 0

Awards and records[edit]

Pro Bowl Selections[edit]

All-Pro Award[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]