List of Cincinnati Bengals seasons

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Paul Brown Stadium, current home of the Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals franchise was founded in 1968 as a member of the West division of the American Football League (AFL). The Bengals joined the National Football League (NFL) as a result of the AFL–NFL merger prior to 1970. This list documents the franchise's completed seasons from 1968 to present, including postseason records and results from postseason games.[1] The Bengals have played over 750 games in their history, including two conference championships, eight division championships, and 12 playoff appearances.

The franchise has experienced several extended periods of success in their history. These periods came from 1981 to 1990 when the Bengals qualified for the playoffs four times and played in two Super Bowls, and from 2009 to the present. However, during a 14-year span—1991 to 2004—the Bengals did not qualify for the playoffs. During this time, the franchise had nine seasons with 10 or more losses, and three of those seasons the franchise had the league's worst record. Since 2005 the Bengals have been more successful, posting seven winning seasons, three division titles and seven wild card playoff berths (including a streak of five consecutive playoff seasons, a first in franchise history).

Legend[edit]

Finish Final position in league, division, or conference
Conference Champions
Division Champions
Wild Card Berth

Season records[edit]

Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results Awards Head coaches
Finish Wins Losses Ties
1968 CIN[2] AFL Western 5th 3 11 0 Paul Robinson (OROY) Paul Brown
1969 CIN[3] AFL Western 5th 4 9 1 Paul Brown (COY)
Greg Cook (OROY)
1970 CIN[4] NFL AFC Central 1st 8 6 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Colts) 17–0 Paul Brown (COY)
1971 CIN[5] NFL AFC Central 4th 4 10 0
1972 CIN[6] NFL AFC Central 3rd 8 6 0
1973 CIN[7] NFL AFC Central 1st 10 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Dolphins) 34–16
1974 CIN[8] NFL AFC Central 2nd 7 7 0
1975 CIN[9] NFL AFC Central 2nd 11 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Raiders) 31–28 Ken Anderson (WPMOY)
1976 CIN[10] NFL AFC Central 2nd 10 4 0 Bill Johnson
1977 CIN[11] NFL AFC Central 3rd 8 6 0
1978 CIN[12] NFL AFC Central 4th 4 12 0 Bill Johnson (0–5)
Homer Rice (4–7)
1979 CIN[13] NFL AFC Central 4th 4 12 0 Homer Rice
1980 CIN[14] NFL AFC Central 4th 6 10 0 Forrest Gregg
1981 CIN[15] NFL AFC Central 1st 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 28–21
Won AFC Championship (Chargers) 27–7
Lost Super Bowl XVI (vs. 49ers) 26–21
Ken Anderson (MVP, OPOY, CBPOY)
1982 CIN[16][a] NFL AFC 3rd 7 2 0 Lost First Round (Jets) 44–17
1983 CIN[17] NFL AFC Central 3rd 7 9 0
1984 CIN[18] NFL AFC Central 2nd 8 8 0 Brian Pillman (EBCA) Sam Wyche
1985 CIN[19] NFL AFC Central 2nd 7 9 0 Eddie Brown (OROY)
1986 CIN[20] NFL AFC Central 2nd 10 6 0 Reggie Williams (WPMOY)
1987 CIN[21][b] NFL AFC Central 4th 4 11 0
1988 CIN[22] NFL AFC Central 1st 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 21–13
Won AFC Championship (Bills) 21–10
Lost Super Bowl XXIII (vs. 49ers) 20–16
Boomer Esiason (MVP)
1989 CIN[23] NFL AFC Central 4th 8 8 0
1990 CIN[24] NFL AFC Central 1st 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Oilers) 41–14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Raiders) 20–10
1991 CIN[25] NFL AFC Central 4th 3 13 0 Anthony Muñoz (WPMOY)
1992 CIN[26] NFL AFC Central 4th 5 11 0 Carl Pickens (OROY) Dave Shula
1993 CIN[27] NFL AFC Central 4th 3 13 0
1994 CIN[28] NFL AFC Central 3rd 3 13 0
1995 CIN[29] NFL AFC Central 2nd 7 9 0
1996 CIN[30] NFL AFC Central 3rd 8 8 0 Dave Shula (1–6)
Bruce Coslet (7–2)
1997 CIN[31] NFL AFC Central 4th 7 9 0 Bruce Coslet
1998 CIN[32] NFL AFC Central 5th 3 13 0
1999 CIN[33] NFL AFC Central 5th 4 12 0
2000 CIN[34] NFL AFC Central 5th 4 12 0 Bruce Coslet (0–3)
Dick LeBeau (4–9)
2001 CIN[35] NFL AFC Central 6th 6 10 0 Dick LeBeau
2002 CIN[36] NFL AFC North 4th 2 14 0
2003 CIN[37] NFL AFC North 2nd 8 8 0 Jon Kitna (CBPOY) Marvin Lewis
2004 CIN[38] NFL AFC North 3rd 8 8 0
2005 CIN[39] NFL AFC North 1st 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 31–17
2006 CIN[40] NFL AFC North 2nd 8 8 0
2007 CIN[41] NFL AFC North 3rd 7 9 0
2008 CIN[42] NFL AFC North 3rd 4 11 1
2009 CIN[43] NFL AFC North 1st 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 24–14 Marvin Lewis (COY)
2010 CIN[44] NFL AFC North 4th 4 12 0
2011 CIN[45] NFL AFC North 3rd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Texans) 31–10
2012 CIN[46] NFL AFC North 2nd 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Texans) 19–13
2013 CIN[47] NFL AFC North 1st 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Chargers) 27–10
2014 CIN[48] NFL AFC North 2nd 10 5 1 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Colts) 26–10
2015 CIN[49] NFL AFC North 1st 12 4 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 18–16
2016 CIN[50] NFL AFC North 3rd 6 9 1
2017 CIN[51] NFL AFC North 3rd 7 9 0
2018 CIN[52] NFL AFC North 4th 6 10 0
Totals W L T
357 427 4 All-time regular season record (1968–2018)[53]
5 14 0 All-time postseason record (1968–2018)[53]
362 441 4 All-time regular season and postseason record (1968–2018)[53]
2 conference championships, 9 divisional championships

Footnotes[edit]

  • a The 1982 season was a strike-shortened season so the league was divided up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment.
  • b The strike of 1987 reduced the regular season schedule from 16 to 15 games.

References[edit]

General
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  • "NFL Standings: Divisions". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  • "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Cincinnati Bengals". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  • "Cincinnati Bengals Team Encyclopedia". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
Specific
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