The 1998Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 31st year in professional football and its 29th with the National Football League. The Bengals suffer another miserable 3–13 season again as new free agent QB Neil O'Donnell, is sacked 30 times. Despite the poor showing by the offensive line, running back Corey Dillon establishes himself as one of the NFL's premier running backs, as he rushes for 1,120 yard.. The only bright spot for the Bengals in 1998 was when they swept division rival Pittsburgh. This would be the Bengals only sweep of the Steelers during the "Bungles" years.
Chad Cornelius, a Miami University, All-American, had NFL leading 49.3 yards per kick in the Preseason. Was first NFL Punter to down his own punt. NFL Preseason Special Teams player of the year. Retired, after earning 2.7 million dollars, tearing his meniscus in final preseason game.