2012 Cincinnati Bengals season

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2012 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Marvin Lewis
Owner Mike Brown
Home field Paul Brown Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd AFC North
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card
(Texans) 19–13
Pro Bowlers 4
Timeline
Previous season Next season
← 2011 2013

The 2012 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 45th season as a professional sports franchise and its 43rd season as a member of the National Football League (NFL). This also marked the 22nd season under the leadership of owner and team president Mike Brown and the 10th season under head coach Marvin Lewis. The team improved on its 2011 season, finishing tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North division title, but lost the tiebreaker to the Ravens. The Bengals, however, made the playoffs as a Wild Card, finishing as the 6th seed in the AFC playoffs, but lost to the Houston Texans for a second consecutive season.

2012 was the first non-strike season in Bengals history in which they made it to the NFL playoffs for a second consecutive year.[1]

Draft[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
2012 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 17 Dre Kirkpatrick  CB Alabama Pick from OAK[a]
1 27 Kevin Zeitler  G Wisconsin Pick from NO[b]
2 53 Devon Still  DT Penn State
3 83 Mohamed Sanu  WR Rutgers
3 93 Brandon Thompson  DT Clemson
4 116 Orson Charles  TE Georgia
4 156 Shaun Prater  CB Iowa
5 166 Marvin Jones  WR California Pick from NE[c]
5 167 George Iloka  S Boise State Pick from NYG[d]
6 191 Dan Herron  RB Ohio State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
Notes
^[a] The team acquired this first-round selection and a conditional 2013 second-round selection in trade that sent quarterback Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders.
^[b] From Saints through the Patriots.
^[c] The team acquired this fifth-round selection and a 2013 sixth-round selection in a trade that sent wide receiver Chad Ochocinco to the New England Patriots.
^[d] The team acquired this fifth-round selection in a trade that sent linebacker Keith Rivers to the New York Giants.[2]

The team also traded its seventh-round selection (#228 overall) and cornerback David Jones to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for safety Reggie Nelson.

Staff[edit]

2012 Cincinnati Bengals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2012 Cincinnati Bengals 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, 15 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Bengals' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012.

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 10 7:30 p.m. New York Jets W 17–6 1–0 Paul Brown Stadium WKRC-TV / NFLN Recap
2 August 16 8:00 p.m. at Atlanta Falcons W 24–19 2–0 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
3 August 23 7:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers L 13–27 2–1 Paul Brown Stadium WKRC-TV Recap
4 August 30 7:00 p.m. at Indianapolis Colts L 16–20 2–2 Lucas Oil Stadium WKRC-TV Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 10 7:00 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens L 13–44 0–1 M&T Bank Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
2 September 16 1:00 p.m. Cleveland Browns W 34–27 1–1 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 23 1:00 p.m. at Washington Redskins W 38–31 2–1 FedEx Field CBS Recap
4 September 30 4:05 p.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27–10 3–1 EverBank Field CBS Recap
5 October 7 1:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins L 13–17 3–2 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 14 1:00 p.m. at Cleveland Browns L 24–34 3–3 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
7 October 21 8:20 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–24 3–4 Paul Brown Stadium NBC Recap
8 Bye
9 November 4 1:00 p.m. Denver Broncos L 23–31 3–5 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 11 1:00 p.m. New York Giants W 31–13 4–5 Paul Brown Stadium Fox Recap
11 November 18 1:00 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs W 28–6 5–5 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 25 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders W 34–10 6–5 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 2 4:25 p.m. at San Diego Chargers W 20–13 7–5 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 9 1:00 p.m. Dallas Cowboys L 19–20 7–6 Paul Brown Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 13 8:20 p.m. at Philadelphia Eagles W 34–13 8–6 Lincoln Financial Field NFLN[a] Recap
16 December 23 1:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Steelers W 13–10 9–6 Heinz Field CBS Recap
17 December 30 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens W 23–17 10–6 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates division games.
^[a] Simulcast locally on WKRC-TV.
     Gray indicates that the game was or will be blacked out locally due to low ticket sales.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 5, 2013 4:30 p.m. at Houston Texans (3) L 13–19 0–1 Reliant Stadium NBC Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week One: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 10 3 0 13
Ravens 10 7 17 10 44

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CIN –Andy Dalton , 22/37 , 221 Yds , 0 TD , 1 INT
  • BAL –Joe Flacco , 21/29 , 299 Yds , 2 TD , 0 INT
Top rushers
  • CIN –BenJarvus Green-Ellis , 18 Car , 91 Yds , 1 TD
  • BAL –Ray Rice , 10 Car , 68 Yds , 2 TD
Top receivers
  • CIN –Andrew Hawkins , 8 Rec , 86 Yds , 0 TD
  • BAL –Dennis Pitta , 5 Rec , 73 Yds , 1 TD
Top tacklers
  • CIN –Reggie Nelson , 7 Solo , 1 Asst
  • BAL –Ray Lewis , 11 Solo , 3 Asst

With the loss, the Bengals started their season 0–1 losing their regular season opener for 4 out of the last 5 seasons dating back to 2008.

Week 2: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Two: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 7 7 10 27
Bengals 7 10 7 10 34

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 76 °F (24 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 63,036
  • Referee: Jerry Hughes
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CLE – Brandon Weeden , 26/37 , 322 Yds , 2 TD , 0 INT
  • CIN – Andy Dalton , 24/31 , 318 Yds , 3 TD , 1 INT
Top rushers
  • CLE –Trent Richardson , 19 Car , 109 Yds , 1 TD
  • CIN –BenJarvus Green-Ellis , 21 Car , 75 Yds , 1 TD
Top receivers
  • CLE – Mohamed Massaquoi, 5 Rec , 90 Yds , 0 TD
  • CIN – Brandon Tate , 3 Rec , 71 Yds , 1 TD
Top tacklers
  • CLE – Buster Skrine, 7 Solo , 0 Asst
  • CIN – Terence Newman , 7 Solo , 2 Asst

After a tough loss on Monday Night Football, the Bengals returned home for Week 2 against the Browns. The Bengals were able to get the first points on the board with Adam "Pacman" Jones returning a punt 81 yards for a touchdown for a 7–0 lead. The Browns then shortened their lead to 4 points with Phil Dawson's 50-yard field goal to make the score 7–3. The Bengals then moved ahead by 11 points as Andy Dalton found A.J. Green on a 10-yard touchdown pass for a 14–3 lead, however the Browns again came within 4 as Trent Richardson ran for a touchdown from 32 yards out. The Bengals then moved ahead 17–10 with Mike Nugent's 39-yard field goal before halftime. Coming back, the Bengals increased their lead with Dalton finding Brandon Tate on a 44-yard pass for a 24–10 lead. However, The Browns drew closer as Brandon Weeden found Richardson on a 23-yard pass to shorten the game to 24–17. Then the Bengals moved up in the 4th quarter as Dalton found Andrew Hawkins on a 50-yard touchdown pass for a 31–17 lead but the Browns came within a touchdown after Weeden found Greg Little on a 24-yard pass to make the score 31–24. Mike Nugent then nailed a 37-yard field goal to give the Bengals a 34–24 lead then the Browns wrapped things up as Phil Dawson scored a 25-yard field goal for a final score of 34–27.

With the win, the Bengals improved to 1–1.

Week 3: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Three: Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 14 10 0 14 38
Redskins 7 3 14 7 31

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win, the Bengals improved to 2–1.

Week 4: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Four: Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 3 14 0 10 27
Jaguars 0 7 3 0 10

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: September 30
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 86 °F (30 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 63,030
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CIN –
  • JAC –
Top rushers
  • CIN –
  • JAC –
Top receivers
  • CIN –
  • JAC –
Top tacklers
  • CIN –
  • JAC –

With the win, the Bengals improved to 3–1 capturing their 3rd 3–1 start under Marvin.

Week 5: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Five: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 7 10 0 17
Bengals 6 0 0 7 13

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 61,162
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
  • CIN- Mike Nugent, 42 yard field goal, 10:39 (CIN 3–0)
  • CIN- Mike Nugent, 24 yard field goal, 0:17 (CIN 6–0)
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • CIN –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • CIN –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • CIN –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • CIN –

With the loss, the Bengals dropped to 3–2. With the Ravens' win over the Chiefs, the Bengals now sit in 2nd place in the AFC North.

Week 6: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Six: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 7 0 10 24
Browns 0 7 6 21 34

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 67,060
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • CLE- Phil Dawson, 41 yard field goal, 8:25 (CIN 14–10)
  • CLE- Phil Dawson, 38 yard field goal, 6:27 (CIN 14–13)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the surprising loss, the Bengals dropped to 3–3 and their 4-game winning streak against the Browns was snapped.

Week 7: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Seven: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 11 3 7 24
Bengals 7 7 3 0 17

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • PIT –
  • CIN –
Top rushers
  • PIT –
  • CIN –
Top receivers
  • PIT –
  • CIN –
Top tacklers
  • PIT –
  • CIN –

The Bengals went home for a divisional game against their longtime rival Steelers. The Steelers came into this stadium 0–3 in road games. Despite the Bengals' 11-point lead in the first half, it was ereased in the 2nd half as the Steelers won the game 24–17. The loss dropped the Bengals to 3–4 and 3rd place in the AFC North.

Week 9: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Nine: Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 7 7 14 31
Bengals 0 3 10 10 23

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 63,623
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
  • DEN- Matt Prater, 43 yard field goal, 8:00 (DEN 3–0)
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Bengals returned home following their bye week for a week 9 matchup with the Denver Broncos. They entered the game having lost three straight games following their 3–1 start to the season. Entering the game, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had never lost to Cincinnati in his career.[3] The two teams traded field goals early, with Broncos kicker Matt Prater connecting on a 43-yard field goal and the Bengals Mike Nugent successfully booting a 28-yard attempt. On the Broncos possession following the Bengals field goal, Peyton Manning masterfully moved the Broncos down the field, dissecting the Cincinnati secondary quickly, leading to an eight play, eighty yard drive, highlighted by a forty-five yard strike to receiver Demarious Thomas, and culminated with a thirteen yard pass to Eric Decker for the score. Following the Broncos touchdown, Denver led 10–3. The Broncos would increase their lead to a score of 17–3 on the opening kickoff of the second half, as receiver Trindon Holliday would return the football 105 yards for the score, dealing a sharp blow to a Bengals team that had previously been sticking close to the Broncos. The score however, appeared to motivate the Bengals, as they would go on to count the game’s next seventeen points. Second year receiver AJ Green would capture a touchdown reception for the seventh straight game, after quarterback Andy Dalton found him on a 10 yard strike. Each of the next two Denver possessions were ended by Cincinnati cornerback Terrance Newman intercepting Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. A forty-nine yard Mike Nugent field goal, and a two-yard BenJarvus Green-Ellis touchdown run were the result of the two ensuing Bengal possessions; giving them a 20–17 advantage. Unfortunately for Cincinnati, Peyton Manning would then engineer back-to-back touchdown drives, separated by Andy Dalton throwing an interception of his own. Because the drives took place in the fourth quarter, Peyton Manning was officially credited with his forty-eighth career game-winning drive, surpassing Dan Marino for the NFL record in the process.[4] The Bengals would attempt to mount a late comeback, scoring three points on a Mike Nugent field goal in the process, but were unable to recover an onside kick attempt that would have given them a chance to try and tie the game.

With the loss, the Bengals dropped to 3–5.

Week 10: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Ten: New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 3 0 7 13
Bengals 14 3 14 0 31

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYG –
  • CIN –
Top rushers
  • NYG –
  • CIN –
Top receivers
  • NYG –
  • CIN –
Top tacklers
  • NYG –
  • CIN –

The Cincinnati Bengals entered their week ten matchup with the New York Giants reeling after four consecutive losses, separated by their week 8 bye week. Following their 3–1 start to the season, the Bengals had lost all momentum and fallen heavily in the AFC standings. Despite being heavy underdogs,[5] the Bengals came out and grabbed the momentum of the football game early, scoring on their first possession of the game. Playing against a defense that Cincinnati receiver AJ Green remarked “[had] a lot of holes,”[6] earlier in the week, Green culminated Cincinnati’s first possession with a fifty-six yard touchdown reception, beating a badly blown coverage on the play. The score marked Green’s eighth straight contest with a touchdown reception, which tied him with former Bengal TJ Houshmandzadeh for second all-time in Bengals history.[6] The ensuing Giants possession was unspectacular, with the Giants going three-and-out and being forced to punt the ball right back to Cincinnati. New York Giant punter Sean Weatherford looked to have gotten a spectacular punt away, which would have forced Cincinnati to start their possession inside their own twenty yard-line. However, a penalty on Giants cornerback Justin Tryon for intentionally leaving the field of play, rendered the punt moot, and forced the Giants to re-attempt the play. On the ensuing punt, Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones returned the ball sixty-eight yards to the Giants eleven yard line. The Bengals did not hesitate to take advantage of the large swing in field positioning, as second year quarterback Andy Dalton connected with receiver Andrew Hawkins for an eleven yard touchdown strike on third-and-ten. The three play drive took only eighteen second off of the clock, and gave the Bengals a 14–0 advantage. The Giants would see a measure of momentum swing in their favor as following their ensuing possession, which resulted in a three-and-out from New York, Cincinnati receiver Brandon Tate would fumble Sean Weatherford’s punt, giving the Giants possession of the football inside Cincinnati territory for the first time on the afternoon. The Giants would somewhat take advantage of the mistake, as they would turn the fumble into a twenty-three yard field goal by placekicker Lawrence Tynes. After both teams traded punts, the Bengals would proceed to expand their lead further, putting together a fifteen play drive that took over seven minutes off of the clock and resulted in a twenty-eight yard field goal by Mike Nugent. The conversion put Cincinnati up by a score of 17–3 with time dwindling in the first half. The ensuing Giants possession would take all but eleven second of the 4:17 that remained in the opening half and would see Lawrence Tynes trotted out to convert on a thirty-one yard field goal at its finish. The points got the Giants back to within eleven points at the half, with the score 17–6 in favour of Cincinnati. The first five possessions coming out of the half, two of which ended in New York Giant turnovers, would not result in any points being scored by either team. However, following an Eli Manning interception, Cincinnati would be able to take advantage of the short field and pick up their third touchdown on the afternoon. The Bengals second three-play touchdown drive of the game was capped off by Andy Dalton hitting tight end Jermaine Gresham for a ten yard receiving touchdown, making the score 24–6 in favour of Cincinnati. New York’s next possession would result in Eli Manning firing a second straight interception. The result for Cincinnati would be the same, with Dalton culminating yet another three-play touchdown drive by hitting first-year receiver Mohamed Sanu for a ten-yard strike. The touchdown was Sanu’s first receiving touchdown in the National Football League, though he had already thrown for a touchdown in Cincinnati’s week 3 encounter with the Washington Redskins.[7] The touchdown, also representing a career high fourth on the afternoon for Andy Dalton, gave the Bengals their final points of the afternoon, and a 31–6 advantage. The rest of the game was largely uneventful, with both teams accepting the fate of the game as having already been determined. The Giants were able to put up their lone touchdown of the game following a thirteen play, ninety-eight yard possession that was capped by running back Ahmad Bradshaw punching the ball in from two yards away. The lone Giants touchdown of the afternoon would also be the last points put up, making the final score 31–13 Cincinnati. With the victory, the Bengals snapped their previous four game losing streak and improved their record to 4–5 on the season.

Week 11: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Eleven: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 14 0 7 28
Chiefs 3 3 0 0 6

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 63,336
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • no scoring
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Bengals entered their week eleven matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs sporting a 4–5 record coming off an upset victory over reigning the Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants. The Chiefs began the scoring in the game, completing an eight play, fifty-nine yard drive with a thirty-four yard Ryan Succop field goal following three-and-outs by both teams one their respective first possessions of the football game. From there however, the momentum swung heavily in the favour of the Bengals, who would reel off the next twenty-one consecutive points. The Bengals began their run by completing an eleven play, seventy-eight yard drive with a four yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Andy Dalton, to fellow sophomore receiver AJ Green. The drive, highlighted by two different successful fourth down conversions by the Bengals offensive unit, was seen as a catalyst for the momentum swing that took place by Cincinnati running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.[8] The touchdown marked the ninth straight game with a receiving score for the second year receiver out of the University of Georgia.[6] The streak, the current longest in the National Football League, also broke the Cincinnati Bengals single-season franchise record for consecutive games with a receiving touchdown.[6] After the teams traded two possessions each that resulted in points for neither team, Cincinnati manifested a five play, fifty-seven yard drive. The drive appeared to culminate on a ten yard throw from Andy Dalton to third-year tight end Jermaine Gresham, out of the University of Oklahoma. However, upon booth review, Gresham was deemed to have been tackled just within the 1-yard line. Dalton would run the ball in one play later, on a bootleg run to make the score 14–3 in favour of Cincinnati. Following another Kansas City punt, the Bengals continued their onslaught, as their offense engineered an eleven play, seventy-nine yard drive highlighted by runs of twenty-one and seventeen yards respectively by running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Cedric Peerman. The drive was capped off by a one-yard touchdown scamper by Green-Ellis, putting the Bengals ahead by a commanding 21–3 score. Just before the half time break, Kansas City showed signs of life, completing several medium-range passes during a quick seven play, sixty-five yard drive. Place kicker Ryan Succop would be successful on his second attempt of the afternoon, nailing the thirty-three yard field goal, bringing the Chiefs to within a score of 21–6 at half time. After each team was unsuccessful on their respective two possessions in the third quarter of play, Cincinnati would score the final points of the football game on the opening possession of the fourth quarter. Andy Dalton finished off the Bengals twelve play, seventy-two yard drive by hitting rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu, out of Rutgers. The touchdown gave the Bengals a 28–6 advantage which would end up being the final score on the day. With the victory, the Bengals evened their record at 5–5 on the season, pulling to within one game of both the Indianapolis Colts and the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wildcard playoff race.

Week 12: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Twelve: Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 10 0 10
Bengals 14 10 0 10 34

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 34 °F (1 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 56,503
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker (blacked out locally)
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming into the game, A.J. Green had a streak of nine consecutive games in which he scored a touchdown. That streak, however, was snapped in this game.

Week 13: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Thirteen: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 3 0 10 20
Chargers 0 13 0 0 13

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 54,980
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CIN –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • CIN –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • CIN –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • CIN –
  • SD –

Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Fourteen: Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 7 0 10 20
Bengals 10 3 6 0 19

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 38 °F (3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 63,590
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, and Laura Okmin
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • CIN- Josh Brown, 25 yard field goal, 9:26 (CIN 16–10)
  • CIN- Josh Brown, 52 yard field goal, 6:50 (CIN 19–10)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Dan Bailey's clutch field goal to beat Cincinnati dropped the Bengals' record to 7–6. It was the second consecutive game in which A.J. Green did not record a touchdown reception; he had in eight straight before that.

Week 15: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Fifteen: Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 10 0 14 10 34
Eagles 0 13 0 0 13

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CIN –
  • PHI –
Top rushers
  • CIN –
  • PHI –
Top receivers
  • CIN –
  • PHI –
Top tacklers
  • CIN –
  • PHI –

The Bengals improved to 8–6 by winning in Philadelphia on Thursday Night Football, thus securing their second consecutive non-losing season for the first time since 2003–2006. Cincinnati is now 2–0 at Lincoln Financial Field and hopes to secure a second straight playoff appearance by beating the Steelers (7–7) on the other side of Pennsylvania in Week 16.

Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Sixteen: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 3 0 3 13
Steelers 0 7 3 0 10

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 35 °F (2 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 63,236
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CIN –
  • PIT –
Top rushers
  • CIN –
  • PIT –
Top receivers
  • CIN –
  • PIT –
Top tacklers
  • CIN –
  • PIT –

With the victory over their hated rival in Western Pennsylvania, the Bengals increased their regular season record to 9–6 and finished 6–2 in road games, clinching a winning season and playoff spot for the third time in the last four seasons and also clinching consecutive winning seasons and playoff berths for the first time since 1981 and 1982 seasons. By improving to 5–7 at Heinz Field, Cincinnati defeated the Steelers for the first time since 2009 when they won the AFC North after going 6–0 against their three rivals. This was the first time since 1988 when the Bengals would have a successful two-week road trip in Pennsylvania.

Due to the Ravens clinching the AFC North following a victory over the Giants a few hours later, the Bengals were assigned to one of the two wild card seeds along with the Indianapolis Colts (10–5). With the Colts' victory over the Chiefs that day, the Bengals were given the 6th seed since the Colts had a better record than them against common opponents (4–1 vs. 3–2).

Week 17: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Seventeen: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 0 0 10 17
Bengals 0 7 6 10 23

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 26 °F (−3 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 61,565
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After a tough road win over the Steelers, the Bengals returned home for a Week 17 duel against the Ravens. QB Andy Dalton would leave the game to rest up for the playoffs in the 2nd half after going 10/15 for 78 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals were able to snap their 4-game losing streak against the Ravens and finish their season 10–6. And with the Patriots and Broncos' wins and the Texans' loss, the Bengals will travel to Houston to take on the #3 seeded Texans in the playoffs.

Postseason[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at #3 Houston Texans[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: #6 Cincinnati Bengals at #3 Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 7 3 3 13
Texans 3 6 7 3 19

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –

The #6 seed Bengals traveled to Houston to take on the #3 seeded Texans in what would be a defensive showdown between both camps. However, the Bengals lost in the playoffs for the 2nd straight year while at the same time losing their 5th straight playoff game dating back to 1991 ending their season with an overall record of 10–7 and dropped to 0–4 under Marvin Lewis in the playoffs.

Standings[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Ravens(4) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 398 344 L1
Cincinnati Bengals(6) 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 391 320 W3
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 336 314 W1
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 302 368 L3

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Andy Dalton 3669 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Andy Dalton 27 TDs
Rushing Yards BenJarvus Green-Ellis 1094 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns BenJarvus Green-Ellis 6 TDs
Receiving Yards A.J. Green 1350 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns A.J. Green 11 TDs
Points Mike Nugent 92 Points
Kickoff Return Yards Brandon Tate 622 Yards
Punt Return Yards Adam Jones 275 Yards
Tackles Vontaze Burfict 127 Tackles
Sacks Geno Atkins 12.5 Sacks
Interceptions Chris Crocker 3 INTs

Stats values are correct through Week 14.[9]

League rankings[edit]

  • Total Offense (YPG): 356.8 (15th)
  • Passing (YPG): 242 (13th)
  • Rushing (YPG): 115.1 (T-13th)
  • Total Defense (YPG): 331.3 (8th)
  • Passing (YPG): 221 (11th)
  • Rushing (YPG): 110.3 (11th)

Stats correct through week 14.[9]

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