2004 Cincinnati Bengals season

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2004 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coachMarvin Lewis
General managerMike Brown
OwnerMike Brown
Home fieldPaul Brown Stadium
Results
Record8–8
Division place3rd AFC North
Playoff finishdid not qualify
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 a 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]

This season would see the Bengals make their first appearance on Monday Night Football since 1992, a win at home against the Denver Broncos on October 25.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

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]

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

Season summary[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 234Total
Dolphins 0 3010 13
• Bengals 0 0133 16
  • Date: September 19
  • Location: Paul Brown Stadium
  • Game start: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 65,705
  • Referee: Walt Anderson

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Standings[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Pittsburgh Steelers 15 1 0 .938 5–1 11–1 372 251 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 and 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]

NFL Records[edit]

  • 2nd Highest scoring regular season game in NFL history (58-48 win over the Cleveland Browns on November 28, 2004)

References[edit]

External links[edit]